MONTREAL - The Canadiens suffered their first regulation loss of the season on Thursday night, dropping a 4-2 decision to the Red Wings at the Bell Centre.
Knowing full well the significance of the home opener, Jesperi Kotkaniemi arrived at the rink looking sharp and ready to rumble.
Before things officially got underway, fans were treated to an epic pre-game show.
It began with a beautiful choral rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic "Hallelujah," which delighted everyone in attendance.
That was followed by player introductions, and the Bell Centre was officially charged up.
Unfortunately, the Red Wings got on the board first courtesy of a goal by Darren Helm at the 13:33 mark of the period.
But Joel Armia struck back for the Canadiens with just 53 seconds remaining in the frame, scoring his third goal in the last two games.
Video: DET@MTL: Armia snaps a quick wrister past Bernier
Jonathan Drouin picked up an assist on the Armia tally to extend his point streak to four straight games.
Thirty seconds later, though, Tyler Bertuzzi capitalized on a loose puck in front of Carey Price and scored to put Detroit up 2-1 heading into the intermission.
Early in the second period, Max Domi struck on the power play to level the scoreline. It was his second goal of the year.
Video: DET@MTL: Domi cleans up Petry's misfire for a PPG
Hometown boy Anthony Mantha answered back with a power play goal of his own at the 15:38 mark of the period to put Detroit ahead 3-2.
He beat Price through traffic with a blast upstairs, helping the Red Wings skate into the break with a one-goal advantage.
The Canadiens couldn't claw their way back in the third period, and ultimately came up just short in the end.
Detroit scored an empty-net goal with 57.6 seconds left in regulation time to cap the scoring.