DETROIT - The Canadiens lost the second game of their back-to-back, losing 4-3 to the Red Wings on Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena.
Making his first start since New Year's Eve and second for Montreal this season, Charlie Lindgren looked sharp in the first in stopping 12 shots in the opening frame.
The Habs got into a bit of penalty trouble in the first, but they still looked dangerous down a man after Nate Thompson and Phillip Danault were nearly able to generate shorthanded breakaways on separate occasions.
But then, with Nick Cousins in the box for cross-checking, Artturi Lehkonen stole the puck just inside the Canadiens' blue line and broke free, beating Wings starter Jonathan Bernier for his 10th of the season and third in three games.
Montreal headed to the room down a man after Tomas Tatar took his team's third penalty of the period, but was leading 1-0 despite being outshot 12-6 after 20.
The Habs doubled their lead in the second. While on a 5-on-3, the first unit comprised of Domi, Shea Weber, Tomas Tatar, Ilya Kovalchuk, Max Domi, and Nick Suzuki controlled the puck on a passing play in Detroit's zone which ended with Domi launching the puck towards Bernier for Suzuki to tap it in through an opening in the crease.
It was Suzuki's eighth of the season and third with the man advantage.
Domi earned a helper on the goal, while Kovalchuk picked up his second assist in his second game as a Hab.
The Red Wings would finally get on the board with 7:38 to go in the middle frame. With Nick Cousins in the box serving a faceoff violation penalty, Frans Nielsen scored his second of the season to make it 2-1.
After 40, Montreal held the 2-1 lead, while Detroit was leading 23-16 in shots.
Just 0:51 into the final frame, Robby Fabbri evened the score with his 11th of the season.
The Habs retook the lead at the 6:13 mark of the third. Ilya Kovalchuk made a beautiful backhand pass through the legs of a Detroit defender to Victor Mete. Mete sent the puck through the slot, where it was redirected off another Red Wing and made it past Bernier to bring the score to 3-2.
It was Mete's fourth of the season and first since November 5.
Nielsen tied the game with his second of the night with 8:41 to go.
Fillip Zadina gave the Wings a late go-ahead goal with 3:52 left to play in regulation.