DETROIT (AP) - Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist and Jimmy Howard made 36 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on Friday night in the matchup between Original Six rivals.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall and Patrick Eaves also scored for Western Conference-leading Detroit. Howard made a spectacular glove save while flat on his back on P.K. Subban's shot off a rebound with 2:39 left.
Travis Moen and Benoit Pouliot scored for Montreal. Carey Price stopped 28 shots.
ATLANTA (AP) - Milan Hejduk gave Colorado the lead 42 seconds into the third period, and Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots to help Colorado end a five-game road losing streak.
Tomas Fleischmann and Greg Mauldin also scored and the Avalanche ended the Thrashers' home winning streak at six. Niclas Bergfors and Bryan Little scored for Atlanta.
DALLAS (AP) - Brad Richards converted in the second round of the shootout, and James Neal scored in regulation for Dallas.
Richards got the puck past Cam Ward after a series of head fakes, and Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft denied Eric Staal in the third round to secure the extra point. With No. 1 goalie Lehtonen out with lower back stiffness, Raycroft made 22 saves. Raycroft also is expected to start Saturday night at Phoenix.
Jiri Tlusty scored in regulation for Carolina.
OTTAWA (AP) - Milan Michalek and Jarkko Ruutu scored for Ottaea 2:16 apart midway through the second, spoiling Martin Brodeur's return to New Jersey's lineup.
Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist and Pascal Leclaire stopped 29 shots for Ottawa.
Brodeur made 26 saves in his first appearance in eight games following a right elbow injury. Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus had power-play goals for New Jersey. The Devils have lost four straight.