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Price leads Canadiens over Red Wings

Nov 27, 2008 - 4:43 AM DETROIT (Ticker) -- Carey Price made 15 of his 32 saves in the third period and the Montreal Canadiens scored three times in the second session to top the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1, on Wednesday.

Tomas Plekanec scored on the power play, Christopher Higgins added a goal just 80 seconds later in the decisive period and Price made it stand up in his first career start in Detroit.

"I thought we played a great game, a great defensive game," Plekanec said. "We used our speed."

Maxim Lapierre also tallied for Montreal, which bounced back from a pair of back-to-back shootout losses to improve to 4-1-1 against the Western Conference this season.

With Marian Hossa in the penalty box for roughing, Plekanec fed defenseman Andrei Markov and ripped a return pass from the right faceoff circle past Ty Conklin for the go-ahead goal with 7:43 left in the second.

Higgins added an insurance tally when he picked up a loose puck and backhanded it toward Conklin from the left circle. The puck deflected off a leg in front for Higgins' fifth goal of the season.

"I'm a big believer in creating your own good bounces," Higgins said. "We played our positions and were able to take advantage of them (good bounces)."

"They won more one-on-one battles," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "They played everyone back, clogged up the neutral zone. We turned it over too many times. They passed it off Nick's foot there to get the first one and they were off to the races."

Price, who did his best work in the third, made nine saves in the first and eight in the second.

Johan Franzen tallied for the 10th time this season to pull Detroit within two goals with 6:29 remaining in the third period. But the Red Wings were unable to get closer as they dropped consecutive games for just the second time this season.

"I think they were clogging up the neutral zone pretty good," Detroit center Henrik Zetterberg said. "We couldn't get the puck behind them. They took advantage of a few of our mistakes and we couldn't find a way to get through enough."

Lapierre opened the scoring 5:23 into the first period. He flipped a puck from behind the net and it went off Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom's skate and into the net.

"It's tough, but two points is more important," Price said of losing the shutout. "Probably one of our more complete games of the year, at both ends of the rink."

Montreal's Alex Tanguay left the game midway through the first period after being leveled by defenseman Brad Stuart. He did not return.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 0 3 0 3
    DETROIT 0 0 1 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: MON - MAXIM LAPIERRE 3 (STEVE BEGIN) 5:23
    MON - (PP) TOMAS PLEKANEC 5 (ANDREI MARKOV, ALEXEI KOVALEV)
    12:17
    MON - CHRIS HIGGINS 5 (SAKU KOIVU, TOM KOSTOPOULOS) 13:37
    3RD PRD: DET - JOHAN FRANZEN 10 (UNA

    Nov 26 10:05 PM


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    MONTREAL 3
    DETROIT 1
    3RD PRD: DET - JOHAN FRANZEN 10 (UNASSISTED) 13:31

    Canadiens 3, Red Wings 1  3rd - 6:29Nov 26 9:47 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 0 3 3
    DETROIT 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: MON - MAXIM LAPIERRE 3 (STEVE BEGIN) 5:23
    MON - (PP) TOMAS PLEKANEC 5 (ANDREI MARKOV, ALEXEI KOVALEV)
    12:17
    MON - CHRIS HIGGINS 5 (SAKU KOIVU, TOM KOSTOPOULOS) 13:37
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1

    Nov 26 9:07 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 3
    DETROIT 0
    2ND PRD: MON - CHRIS HIGGINS 5 (SAKU KOIVU, TOM KOSTOPOULOS) 13:37

    Canadiens 3, Red Wings 0  2nd - 6:23Nov 26 8:58 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 2
    DETROIT 0
    2ND PRD: MON - (PP) TOMAS PLEKANEC 5 (ANDREI MARKOV, ALEXEI KOVALEV)
    12:17

    Canadiens 2, Red Wings 0  2nd - 7:43Nov 26 8:57 PM


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    MONTREAL 1
    DETROIT 0
    2ND PRD: MON - MAXIM LAPIERRE 3 (STEVE BEGIN) 5:23

    Canadiens 1, Red Wings 0  2nd - 14:37Nov 26 8:39 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 0 0
    DETROIT 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MON 11 11
    DET 9 9
    GOALIES: MON - CAREY PRICE
    DET - TY CONKLIN

    Nov 26 8:12 PM