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Habs fall in Motown

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

DETROIT (AP) - Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist and Jimmy Howard made 36 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on Friday night in the matchup between Original Six rivals.

Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall and Patrick Eaves also scored for Detroit. Howard made a spectacular glove save while flat on his back on P.K. Subban's shot off a rebound with 2:39 left.

Travis Moen and Benoit Pouliot scored for Montreal. Carey Price stopped 28 shots.

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A large contingent of Montreal fans traded "Go Habs go!" chants with Red Wings supporters' chants of "Go Wings go!" and urged on Price with shouts of "Carey! Carey!" after a couple of sequences.

Pouliot pulled Montreal to 3-2 at 7:43 of the third period on a slap shot from the high slot area for his seventh goal. Eaves got an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Detroit took a 3-1 lead with two goals in the second period.

Kronwall made it 2-1 at 3:48 when he beat Price from the slot for Kronwall's sixth goal. Danny Cleary sent a pass to Kronwall while Cleary was on his knees in the right circle.

Datsyuk's 10th goal gave the Red Wings a two-goal lead with 4:29 left in the second. He took a pass from Jonathan Ericsson, who came out of the penalty box seconds earlier, in the neutral zone, cut in from the right side and beat Price with a backhander high on the short side.

Lidstrom tied it at 1 with 1.2 seconds left in the first period on a 5-on-3 power play. He poked in a pass from Tomas Holmstrom after Josh Georges' turnover in the left corner.

The goal was upheld by video review.

Moen opened the scoring for Montreal with 8:35 left in the opening period, banking a shot in off of Howard's leg from behind the net.

NOTES: Montreal C Scott Gomez didn't play because of a lower-body injury. ... Subban was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the previous three games.

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