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Pacioretty leads Habs in shootout

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL (AP) -Max Pacioretty and Robert Lang scored in the shootout to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 preseason victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Pacioretty, who scored Montreal's goal in regulation, deked Jimmy Howard and beat the Detroit goalie with a backhander. Lang also scored on a backhander on the Canadiens' second attempt.

Red Wings forward Ville Leino beat Carey Price with a shot inside the right post to open the shootout, but the Canadiens goalie stopped Marian Hossa and Valtteri Filppula in succession to give Montreal (5-2-0) the win.

Pacioretty gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead 4:42 into the second period. Chosen 22nd overall with Montreal's second first-round pick in 2007, the native of New Canaan, Conn., put a backhander past Howard for his first goal in five preseason games.

Leino scored moments later to draw Detroit (2-2-1) even. Leino, who turns 25 next Monday, beat Price between the pads at 6:35 after he found himself unguarded with the puck in front of the goalie.

Signed by the Red Wings in May as a free agent, the Finnish League scoring star has two goals and an assist in four preseason games.

Price made 28 saves during regulation and overtime, including a highlight reel stop during a Detroit power play to keep the game tied moments before Montreal took a second penalty 7:33 into the third. The 21-year-old sophomore goalie stopped Brian Rafalski's point shot and swung his stick around behind his back to swat the loose puck out of midair.

Howard stopped 26 shots in his second preseason outing. Third on the Red Wings' depth chart behind No. 1 Chris Osgood and new backup Ty Conklin, Howard spent most of last season with Grand Rapids of the AHL, going 0-2 with a 2.13 goals-against-average in four games with the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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