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Red Wings blitz Habs, win fourth straight

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings

MONTREAL -- Pavel Datsyuk scored two unassisted goals off turnovers and Dominik Hasek stopped 15 shots to lead the Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Datsyuk's second goal of the game and 11th of the season came midway through the second to restore Detroit's one-goal lead at 2-1. He also scored 16:40 in.

Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for the Red Wings, who extended their winning streak to four straight games.

Detroit outshot Montreal, 34-16 overall, including a 16-5 margin in the second.

Christopher Higgins scored his 11th goal for Montreal, which has lost three straight, and five of six.

Canadiens rookie Carey Price stopped 30 shots.

Red Wings legend Gordie Howe was accompanied by Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, Marcel Pronovost and Marcel Dionne as the Canadiens honored their long-standing rivalry with Detroit in a pre-game ceremony.

Jean Beliveau, Dickie Moore, Jean-Guy Talbot, Stephane Richer and Claude Lemieux represented Montreal, which celebrates its centennial in 2009.

Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, who began his career with Montreal in 1983-84, also took part in the ceremony along with Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau.

Datsyuk intercepted Montreal forward Steve Begin's pass in the Canadiens' zone to set-up the game's first goal. The Russian center moved to the slot before putting a shot past Price at 16:40.

Higgins tied it 4:15 into the second when he put a backhand over Hasek.

Datsyuk took advantage of a turnover by defenseman Andrei Markov in the neutral zone and beat Price with a wrist shot inside the left post at 11:08 to restore Detroit's lead.

Kronwall made it 3-1 at 13:45 with a slap shot past Price from the point.

Zetterberg increased the lead to three with his 18th goal on a power play 13:50 into the third period, shortly after Canadiens right wing Mathieu Dandenault jumped Detroit's Mikael Samuelsson from behind as he interrupted a skirmish involving Montreal captain Saku Koivu at 13:25.

Dandenault was given a charging penalty and a game misconduct for being the third player involved in a fight.

Game Notes: Chelios was given a standing ovation when he was announced as the third star following the game. He and Carbonneau were Canadiens co-captains during the 1989-90 season after current Montreal general manager Bob Gainey retired. ... With goalie Cristobal Huet sidelined by a groin injury, Jaroslav Halak, who was recalled from Hamilton of the AHL on Monday, dressed for the first time this season as Price's backup. ... Price stickhandled the puck alone in his zone in the aftermath of the third-period scrum, shooting the puck into his net at one point.

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