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Red Wings top Canadiens 3-2 in shootout

by Brian Hunter /

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock used the phrase ''puck luck'' to describe how, despite putting 40 shots on goal Friday night, his team still came away with a 2-1 overtime loss at home to Florida.

But 24 hours later, the Wings found the bounces a bit more to their liking.

Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored in the first two rounds of the shootout and Detroit recovered from blowing a two-goal lead in the third period to beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

''It was a tough loss for us,'' Zetterberg said of Friday's outcome. ''I think we played well. And we came in here, we got a lot of power play from the beginning -- up two goals. I think it was a well-played game, both teams coming from back-to-back games so it was good goaltending.''

Once again the Wings had a decided advantage in shots - 34-18 through three periods and overtime. But Carey Price recovered from allowing a couple of power-play goals in the first period to keep the Canadiens close, and Mike Cammalleri ended Jimmy Howard's shutout bid with a pair of goals in the third.

''The way I figure it is in the shootout it was my chance to sort of get a little bit of retribution,'' Howard said.

Howard got just that when he stopped Cammalleri on the Habs' first attempt, and Datsyuk beat Price to put the Wings ahead. Tomas Plekanec then hit the post and Zetterberg iced the win by scoring.

Detroit took advantage of 12 penalty minutes assessed to Montreal in the first period to outshoot the Canadiens 16-3 and take a 2-0 lead on goals by Brad Stuart and Datsyuk.

Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was lost for the game after a leg-on-leg collision with Georges Laraque, which drew a tripping call. The play happened during a delayed call on Laraque for high-sticking Darren Helm, which ended up as a double minor.

Stuart got Detroit on the board during the second half of the double minor, beating Price with 7:19 left, but the talk afterward revolved around the play that led to Kronwall being hurt.

''You know it's something that shouldn't happen in hockey,'' Babcock said. ''A guy shouldn't hang his leg out there and hurt another guy. It's unacceptable and it's disappointing, obviously. We just lost a good player for a period of time. Our doctors will look at him, but he's out for a chunk for sure.''

Laraque didn't see anything ''bad'' or ''dirty'' about the play, as Zetterberg and Datsyuk termed it, respectively.

''There were four refs on the ice and they didn't call anything,'' Laraque said. ''If they called a match penalty it would be different. There was no intent. There was no reason why I would try to go and hurt him. It was a pure accident, that's why they called it tripping, so I'm not worried at all.''

A cross-checking call to Paul Mara led to Datsyuk scoring by redirecting Brian Rafalski's pass from the left point into the net 2:01 after Stuart's goal.

''I thought in the first 10 minutes of the game we had good momentum going,'' Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said. ''We were playing four lines, we had good tempo, we were controlling the play. The number of penalties we took gave them the two goals, and then you've got to battle back.''

Howard, starting for the fifth time in six games, stopped all 11 shots he faced through two periods, but Cammalleri started the Canadiens back by snapping a shot past him just nine seconds into the third.

Cammalleri struck again at 8:45, registering his team-leading 11th of the season when he converted Andrei Kostitsyn's centering pass from the edge of the crease.

Montreal wore blue throwback jerseys with white trim and a letter ''C'' on the chest in honor of its 100th anniversary coming up on Dec. 4 - the uniforms were originally worn by the 1909-10 team as a charter member of the National Hockey Association.

Material from wire services was used in this report.

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