MONTREAL (AP) -Max Pacioretty and Robert Lang scored in the shootout to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 preseason win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
Pacioretty, who scored Montreal's only goal in regulation, deked Jimmy Howard and beat the Detroit goalie with a backhander. Lang 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, bidding to make his NHL debut after one season at the University of Michigan, gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead 4:42 into the second period.
"Every time he shows us something more, and we'll have a difficult decision to make," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said.
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.
"I know that my first goal of the season each year has been in front of my parents," said Pacioretty, who signed with Montreal in July.
The 6-foot-2, 199-pound left wing called his father at the family's home in Connecticut earlier Tuesday after learning that he would be playing on a line with Lang and Alex Kovalev.
"He hopped in the car as soon as he got off the phone," Pacioretty said.
Leino scored moments later to draw Detroit even at 1. Leino, who turns 25 next Monday, beat Price between the pads at 6:35 after he found himself unguarded with the puck in front.
Signed by the Red Wings (2-2-1) in May as a free agent, the Finnish League scoring star has two goals and an assist in four preseason games.
"He's a good player," said coach Mike Babcock, who was also impressed with the play of forward prospect Darren Helm. "Those two young guys for us played really well tonight. You know, we're fortunate we have a lot of veteran guys, too, that played real well so we'll work this out - we've got nine exhibition games to work it out, we've got four more now so over time it solves itself."
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 second-year goalie stopped Brian Rafalski's shot from the point and swung his stick around behind his back to swat away the loose puck out of midair.
Howard stopped 26 shots in his second preseason outing. Third on the Red Wings' depth chart behind 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.