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Carey Price makes 32 saves to help Canadiens beat Red Wings 3-1 @NHL

DETROIT - Carey Price made 32 saves, and Maxim Lapierre, Tomas Plekanec and Christopher Higgins scored second-period goals in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Johan Franzen scored for Detroit, and Ty Conklin stopped 22 shots. Lapierre opened the scoring 5:23 into the second period when his attempted pass from behind the net deflected in off Detroit defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom's skate.

Plekanec's power-play goal with 7:13 left made it 2-0. His one-timer from the right circle bounced in off of Conklin.

Higgins capitalized on Kirk Maltby's turnover in the Detroit zone, sliding a backhander from the slot off of defenceman Brad Stuart and past Conklin with 6:23 remaining in the second period.

Franzen foiled Price's shutout bid with 6:29 left. Franzen took the puck away from Canadiens defenceman Ryan O'Byrne in the neutral zone, moved in on the right wing, cut into the slot and beat Price with a backhander for his 10th goal.

Note: Detroit LW Tomas Holmstrom missed his fourth game because of back spasms. ... The Red Wings assigned RW Darren McCarty to their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids and recalled C Darren Helm. ... Montreal RW Georges Laraque missed his second game with a groin injury. ... Canadiens' LW Alex Tanguay didn't return after taking a check from Detroit D Brad Stuart along the boards early in the first period. ... Montreal last visited Detroit on Jan. 15, 2007. ... Lidstrom is the leading vote getter in the Western Conference for the NHL All-Star game. Marian Hossa, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are 1-2-3 among forwards.

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