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Green hits the 500 career point mark by scoring his 150th career goal

by Arthur J. Regner and Dana Wakiji @ArthurJRegner and @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT -- History was made Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena in the Red Wings' 4-3 comeback victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

For the first time in franchise history, Detroit swept a season series of four or more games against Montreal.

The Wings' four-game win streak over the Canadiens matches Detroit's longest since a four-game run from Nov. 22, 1997 to Jan. 12, 1999.

But it didn't come easy.

Trailing 3-1 after two periods of play, the Wings, who thought they found their game in the second period, came out in the third period and scored three consecutive goals to hand the Canadiens their fifth consecutive loss (0-4-1).

Robby Fabbri, Andreas Athanasiou (two) and Mike Green scored for the Red Wings.

Nate Thompson, Michigan native Jeff Petry (power play) and Nick Suzuki (power play) lit the lamp for the Habs.

Jonathan Bernier (13-17-2) picked up the win in net for the Wings. He stopped 19 of 22 shots for an .864 save percentage. It was Bernier's 150th NHL win.

Carey Price (22-24-5) took the loss for Montreal, making 21 saves out of the 25 shots the Wings fired for a save percentage of .840.

With the victory, the Red Wings (15-43-4) snapped a four-game losing streak. They are in the midst of playing eight of their next 10 games at home. However, the road looms next for the Wings, who will face the New York Islanders Friday night on Long Island.

Montreal (27-27-8) will next see action on Thursday night, taking on the Washington Capitals in Washington D.C.        

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: "That's the first time in the history of the franchise we've swept Montreal in a season series." 👊 pic.twitter.com/hIwN90A4i8

1. Mike Green: It has been a rough couple of seasons for Green between illness and injuries. Limited to 43 games last season and 47 so far this season, it certainly wasn't what Green had hoped for. Tuesday night was Green's sixth game since returning from missing six games with a finger injury. At 10:41 of the third, Anthony Mantha held onto the puck in the offensive zone and delivered a perfect pass to Green in the right circle. Although Green did not get off the shot he wanted, it was enough to get through Price's legs. Dylan Larkin got the second assist. It was truly a milestone marker for Green as it was his 150th career goal and 500th career point. Green becomes the ninth active defenseman to reach 500 points and the 69th defenseman all-time to do so. Interestingly, Green's last goal came on Dec. 14 at Montreal and it snapped a 20-game goal-less streak. Green finished with 26 shifts for 24:09, had two shots, three giveaways, two blocked shots and was plus-2.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Greener's game-tying goal. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/VVGOCB7C5j

Quotable: "I guess I'm lucky I fanned on it. It's obviously an honor to get to the 500 mark but I have to thank all the guys along the way, really. It's great, at a personal level but it couldn't have been done without those guys. Hopefully everybody will forget about it, maybe the game tape goes missing or something. I think with Carey, he probably knew exactly where I was going and luckily, I didn't get a good shot off, though. But I'll take it." - Green

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Goal 150.Point 500. Congrats, @GreenLife52! pic.twitter.com/xZeJxsx3VM

Quotable II: "That's a heck of an accomplishment. Just a classy guy, class act on and off the ice. Someone that comes to the rink and goes about his business quietly. Just a great leader, a great veteran presence in our locker room. Just a great all-around guy. Couldn't be happier for him. That's a lot of points for a defenseman. I don't know the number of how many defensemen have done it but it can't be very many. It's well-deserved for him." - Larkin

Quotable III: "I think it's a great tribute to him and his career. I just really have enjoyed coaching Mike. He's a great person, comes to the rink every day, he's got 500 points in the league, has done some great, great things and he comes and works like he's a rookie. That's what he does every day, he works that hard. I just have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a person, him as a player, him as a competitor. He wants to get better, he wants to learn, very coachable. I've really enjoyed coaching Mike. That many points and goals, that's awesome as a D-man." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

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2. Andreas Athanasiou: The game did not start as Athanasiou would have liked on the night his bobblehead was the giveaway as he was trying to exit the Detroit zone with the puck and it ended up going the other way as Nate Thompson scored on a slick pass from Nick Cousins at 5:59 of the first period. But Athanasiou and the rest of the Wings were much better in the final two frames. At 5:04 of the third, Athanasiou cut the Canadiens' lead to 3-2 when he went to the net and backhanded the puck into the top of the net. Alex Biega and Valtteri Filppula assisted. Filppula's assist tied Jere Lehtinen for 10th in NHL history in points by a Finnish-born player with 514. Then with 5:15 remaining in regulation, Tyler Bertuzzi had a great individual effort, passing the puck from the goal line as he was falling to an open Athanasiou. It marked Athanasiou's fifth goal in the last six games, second multi-goal game this month (also two on Feb. 9 against Boston) and 14th multi-goal game of his career. Athanasiou finished with 21 shifts for 14:38, had four shots, one giveaway, one takeaway, was 1-for-2 in face-offs and was plus-1.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: What a look!What a finish! pic.twitter.com/G9dEN9tsMg

Quotable: "I think I was just helping the boys get back on the board. Kind of just getting back in the game and trying to work through everything. For me personally, it felt obviously pretty good but I think that big team win is what we were looking for. I'm kind of just sticking to the same thing and doing what I try to do out there. Not trying to do too much. Just trying to work my way through the tough times and fortunate enough that it's been finding the back of the net lately. There's not much more I can say about that." - Athanasiou

Quotable II: "When he's on his game, he can be very effective. Obviously he's got a knack around the net. It's about being consistent and doing the same things over and over, especially when things get hard. I've talked about that, collectively as a group, us trying to push through that. I thought he played well tonight and he got rewarded." - Green

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: AND AA'S 2ND OF THE NIGHT! pic.twitter.com/kdxP48v19u

Quotable III: "I think as soon as they put that line together with Bert and Val, they looked really good. They moved the puck well and all three of them bring a different dynamic to the game. AA can finish, and we've seen that before. It was great to see it tonight. He's coming. He's had some tough bounces with injuries and trying to find traction this year but he did a great job tonight. Those were two nice finishes, and that's the player he can be. He's a game changer and we need him to be that. It's exciting this last 20 games. Hopefully he can build and build and then next year, we're flying with two lines and two lines that can score." - Larkin

Quotable IV: "I thought he won tons of puck battles, I thought he dug in. He had the unfortunate play on the first goal. He took that to heart. I thought he won tons of puck battles the rest of the game. When he does that, that skill comes through and he obviously showed some big-time skill. He's got elite skill level in those situations. I thought the line was pretty good." - Blashill

3. Robby Fabbri/Dylan Larkin/Anthony Mantha: The entire comeback was kicked off by Fabbri early in the second period. Fabbri cut the Montreal lead to 2-1 with his shot from the right circle at 1:24. Mantha and Larkin picked up the assists. It was Fabbri's 13th goal of the season, breaking his tie with Mantha for third in the team in that category. Only Bertuzzi with 18 and Larkin with 15 have more goals. It also was Fabbri's 29th point, which ties the 29 he had in 2016-17 with the St. Louis Blues, when he had 29 points (11-18-29) in 51 games. Larkin had two assists, which helped him join an exclusive club. Steve Yzerman (82), Sergei Fedorov (42), Nicklas Lidstrom (30), John Ogrodnick (20) and Keith Primeau (20) are the only other Wings to record 20 or more multi-assist games before turning 24. Mantha, who also had two assists, has five assists in five games since returning from injury on Feb. 11.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: WHAT A SHOT, FABBS! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/2xdySH8Weo

Quotable: "It feels good to beat those guys four times. They got a good goalie, good group, good team there. It feels good. It's a team that in the past couple of years we've struggled against. I remember when they came in here a couple of time last year and beat us pretty bad. It was a chippy game. I think before the season series started, we remembered that. We came out with four solid games, and tonight's a different story where we come from behind. It took us a little bit to get going. I think our big guys got on the scoresheet, which was good to see, and Bernie did another great job." - Larkin

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: "Feels good."Mike Green, Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou & Jeff Blashill have tonight's @CocaCola Post Game Comments. pic.twitter.com/hins631UXV

Quotable II: "I remember last year we took quite a beating there in Montreal. I think as teams, you don't forget that. It was imperative that we came out to start the season to make sure we gave it our best effort, and I thought we did a good job against them all year." - Green

Quotable III: "I thought we dug in in the second. I didn't think we were good enough in the first. I thought we had some guys playing and some guys were just in their jerseys. We talked about it in between the first and second, like we gotta dig in and make sure and I thought in the second we did a better job of that. It didn't result right away in offense but I thought we carried the O-zone time in the second. We walked out of it tied in that period so we were still down by two but I thought we had played a much, much better period. Then we kind of stayed on it going into the third. I was real proud of our guys for digging in. I thought a number of guys played really well as the game went along." - Blashill

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