The Montreal Canadiens outshot the Minnesota Wild 28-14 in their preseason game Sunday night at the Bell Centre, but it was a quick barrage of three shots in the second period that ended up making the difference.
Ryan White, Dustin Boyd and Brendon Nash scored on consecutive shots as the Canadiens opened up a 4-1 lead and then held on for a 4-3 victory over the Wild.
Andreas Engqvist had the other goal for Montreal, now 2-2 in the preseason. Alex Auld had a light workload, finishing with 11 saves.
Cal Clutterbuck scored in the first period for Minnesota while Justin Falk and Kyle Brodziak had late goals. Anton Khudobin made 24 saves.
The Canadiens outshot the Wild 9-1 in the decisive second period. White put them in front to stay at the 6:23 mark, as Alexandre Picard took a shot from the left point that struck him before slipping past Khudobin.
"I've been trying to go to the net as much as I can here," White said. "Pics made a great play from the point and I was just trying to be a screen and sure enough it went off me. I don't even know where it hit me, but I love it. It doesn't matter; I would have taken it off the face to score. Like they say, go to the net and good things will happen."
Boyd followed 34 seconds later by stripping the puck from Minnesota defenseman Clayton Stoner and Nash made it 4-1 at 8:02 by scoring from the left faceoff circle.
"You want to play a high energy game, do the simple things, get some scoring chances off of turnovers and play strong on the penalty kill," said Boyd, who played on a line with White and Max Pacioretty, who added two assists. "Those are things you've got to show. You're always battling for a spot and it makes us play hard and be consistent."
Falk's goal came with 6:40 remaining in the third, while Brodziak scored with just 13 seconds left.
"We were terrible in the first two periods," Minnesota forward Matt Cullen said. "We have to do something in our last two exhibition games before we go to Finland. We've got to get it together."
Montreal took 12 of the first 13 shots in the game and capitalized on Engvist's goal 9:49 into the first. Clutterbuck responded by evening the score at the 12:12 mark.
Red Wings 5, Rangers 3
With three games scheduled in as many days, Detroit left many of its regulars home when it traveled to Chicago on Saturday.
The big names were back in the lineup Sunday, however, to key a win over New York at Joe Louis Arena.
Tomas Holmstrom scored the go-ahead goal 4:08 into the third period and Brian Rafalski finished with a goal and three assists as the Wings improved to 2-2 during the preseason. They were coming off a home-and-home split with the Blackhawks, winning at The Joe on Friday and losing in Chicago on Saturday.
"I was happy, no effects, a little bit of rust," Rafalski, who was making his preseason debut, told the Detroit Free Press. "Actually, I find games easier than practices. You're in the flow, you know what's going on around you. Plays come to you as you're playing."
Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist, Dan Cleary and Patrick Eaves also scored and Jimmy Howard stopped 18 shots for Detroit, which opened up a 2-0 lead before the game was four minutes old.
The Rangers, who rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits in their 5-4 overtime win over the Devils on Saturday, showed comeback ability again. Sean Avery got them on the board in the first and they wiped out a 3-1 Detroit lead in the second on goals 27 seconds apart by Erik Christensen and Artem Anisimov.
Martin Biron, expected to back up Henrik Lundqvist this season, made 19 saves on 22 shots over the first two periods. Chad Johnson played the third, stopping 10 of 12 shots, as New York lost for the first time this preseason after consecutive overtime victories against New Jersey.
Blues 2, Avalanche 0
Ben Bishop stopped all 29 shots he faced and Brad Boyes had a goal and an assist to lead St. Louis to a road win over Colorado.
Craig Anderson was also stellar in net for the Avalanche, making 36 saves, but T.J. Oshie beat him for a power-play goal 7:14 into the first period for all the offense the Blues would need.
Boyes, who had the primary assist on Oshie's goal, iced the game by scoring into an empty net with 43 seconds remaining.
St. Louis defenseman Erik Johnson, who also assisted on Oshie's goal, left the game briefly after he took a puck to the left side of his face with 1:39 left in the first period. He returned at the start of the second.
Material from wire services and team online media was used in this report.