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Red Wings take down Canadiens

Dec 11, 2010 - 6:35 AM
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Pavel Datsyuk notched a goal and one assist as Detroit doubled up Montreal, 4-2, at Joe Louis Arena.

Nicklas Lidstrom, Patrick Eaves and Niklas Kronwall also tallied for the Red Wings, who snapped a three-game slide.

Jimmy Howard picked up his 16th win of the season with 36 saves, including 18 in the third period alone.

"I thought Price was sensational for them early and I thought Howard was sensational for us late," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Every time we turned it over we were in trouble, except for the third period. I thought we were pretty good for two periods and I thought we were better for the third period."

Travis Moen and Benoit Pouliot scored for the Canadiens, whose three-game win streak was halted. Carey Price gave up three goals on 31 shots in the loss, his first in regulation since November 22.

Pouliot's 40-foot blast up the middle got the Habs within 3-2 at the 7:43 mark of the third period, but Howard was able to stand tall on the frequent Montreal chances down the stretch -- including a falling glove save on Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban with 2:39 to go.

Eaves was able to put the clincher into an empty net with 46 seconds remaining, giving Detroit its eighth win over Montreal in its last 10 home games.

Montreal scored first, at 11:25 of the opening period, when Moen found an errant Mike Cammalleri pass at the back boards and scored off Howard's back.

Detroit left just two seconds on the clock in the first to even the game during a 5-on-3 power play, as Lidstrom cranked home a shot that Datsyuk set up.

It was 2-1 for the Wings at 3:48 of the second period, when a fallen Danny Cleary pushed the puck back to a streaking Kronwall for a wrister under the crossbar.

Datsyuk pushed the lead to 3-1 with 4 1/2 minutes to play in the second as he beat Price on the backhand inside the right post.

Game Notes

Datsyuk recorded his second straight multi-point game and his ninth of the season...Subban returned after being a healthy scratch for the last three games...The Wings have won four of the last five meetings with the Canadiens overall, dating back to January, 2007.