MONTREAL -- Jonathan Bernier and the Red Wings were about 14 seconds shy of a perfect night in Montreal.
Bernier had his parents, brother and many friends at the Bell Centre Saturday night to witness the goaltender lead Detroit to a 2-1 victory over Montreal.
With the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker, former Wing Tomas Tatar scored with 46.7 seconds left in regulation to spoil Bernier's shutout bid.
It marked the Wings' second straight victory at the Bell Centre after a 4-2 victory there on Oct. 10 and their second straight victory after snapping a 12-game winless skid (0-10-2) Thursday at home against the Winnipeg Jets.
Detroit improved to 9-22-3 while Montreal fell to 15-12-6.
Tyler Bertuzzi and Mike Green (power play) scored for the Wings.
Detroit netminder Jonathan Bernier (7-9-2) made 42 saves.
Montreal goaltender Carey Price (13-10-3) had 18 stops.
Up next for the Wings is the second half of a road-home back-to-back set as they host the Los Angeles Kings Sunday night at Little Caesars Arena.
The Canadiens embark on a seven-game road trip that starts Tuesday in Vancouver.
1. Jonathan Bernier: Although a native of Laval, a suburb of Montreal, Bernier has not had a tremendous amount of success playing against his hometown team. Coming into the game, Bernier was 2-11-3 with a 3.25 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in 18 career games against the Canadiens. But Bernier, coming off a skid-snapping victory Thursday over the Winnipeg Jets, seemed to be inspired Saturday. The Canadiens, who average 34.8 shots per game, certainly kept Bernier busy. Just 12 seconds into the game, Bernier had to make a save on Artturi Lehkonen's shot. Phillip Danault had a couple of good chances in the first as well. Late in the first, Bernier made two saves during the penalty kill, including on Jordan Weal from the left circle. Early in the second, Tatar tested Bernier, who was up for the challenge. At 8:10 of the second, Bernier had a particularly good save on Nick Cousins who was at the left side of the net. Bernier even had to make a stop with three seconds remaining in the second as he saved Joel Armia's backhand. Then 17 seconds into the third, Bernier stopped Jeff Petry's shot from the right point. Then a minute later, he stoned Danault again. this time the shot coming from the right circle. In all, the Canadiens had six shots in less than three minutes of the third, including an especially nice one on Nick Suzuki on the rebound. At 16:02, Bernier made a save on Weber's blast from the left point. It was only when the Canadiens had the extra attacker that they were able to score with 46.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Tatar got his 12th goal of the season, assisted by Weber and Armia.
Quotable: "I felt pretty good. To be honest, last 5-6 games, except Pittsburgh I didn't play well, but I felt pretty good. When you look at some of those goals, off our D, off their player and things you can't really control, I think it was deflating for our team but we finally got some bounces last game against Winnipeg and the wheel kind of started to turn on our side. Tonight, every time you score first it's a big difference in this league, and we did again tonight. Anytime you play at home in front of your family and friends it's always special. It's a team I grew up watching, I take a lot of pride to play well in here and put on a good show." - Bernier
Quotable II: "He got the puck for the best player of the game. He kept us in it the whole time. He let us get a good power-play goal at the end and he stood on his head. He was huge for us." - Bertuzzi
Quotable III: "I thought Bernie played good. He made a lot of real good saves, hung in there strong. We gave up some chances I didn't think we needed to and when we did he was really good." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill
2. Tyler Bertuzzi: While Anthony Mantha was out, Bertuzzi was counted on to contribute more offensively. Bertuzzi came into Saturday night's game leading the Wings in scoring with 25 points (10-15-25). Dylan Larkin stole the puck from Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber behind the Montreal net and passed it quickly to Bertuzzi at the net front. Bertuzzi's quick strike beat Price at 3:21, giving the Wings a 1-0 lead. With his 11th goal, Bertuzzi is just one behind Mantha for the team lead in that category. Bertuzzi finished with 19 shifts for 17:30, had one shot, one hit, one giveaway and was plus-1.
Quotable: "It was just a regular forecheck. Larks had a really good forecheck. I just went to the net and he found me. We got that winning feeling back and it's a good one. We came in tonight wanting to get another one. We just got to have the same mindset every night, work play, play simple and keep trying to get wins." - Bertuzzi
Quotable II: "I thought against Winnipeg we played tremendously good. We dominated that full 60. Tonight we had some down time a little bit but at the end of the day you want to find a way to win. If you score first it's a big difference in this league. It's tough to come from behind." - Bernier
Quotable III: "It's a big difference in the league. It matters, especially when you're a team that hasn't won enough. Confidence matters. So when you score it helps give you confidence. You have the lead, it's just a different game, you're not chasing the game the whole night. It was good to see that first one go in. But we had lots of time left to keep playing good hockey." - Blashill
3. Mike Green: Long considered one of the premier offensive defensemen of his generation, Green has not been on the scoresheet this season as much as he has in previous years. But leave it to Green to have good timing. With the Canadiens on the attack throughout the early part of the third period, peppering Bernier with shots, the Wings finally got their chance when Riley Barber was called for slashing Filip Hronek. Green's shot from the high slot eluded Price at 7:42 of the third, giving the Wings a 2-0 lead. Andreas Athanasiou and Valtteri Filppula had the assists. It was Green's second goal of the season and first since Oct. 18 at Edmonton, snapping a 17-game goalless drought. It also marked Green's first point in five games. Green was also given the second assist on Bertuzzi's goal after the game. Green finished with 31 shifts for 21:51, had two shots, one hit, one takeaway and was plus-1.
Quotable: "He's been good all year. He deserved that one and that was a big goal for us." - Bertuzzi
Quotable II: "Great. Obviously. I thought he did a really good job to switch his spot and open up that lane. I thought against Winnipeg we played tremendously good. We dominated that full 60. Tonight we had some down time a little bit but at the end of the day you want to find a way to win. If you score first it's a big difference in this league. It's tough to come from behind." - Bernier
Quotable III: "It was a big goal, obviously, for us. Mike's a guy that has a real good shot, we want to keep getting him to shoot it as much as possible. He's got to be a shot threat up top. It was good to see. It was a real good screen by (Frans) Nielsen. Nielsen's net presence brought one of their defenders in there, too, so it was kind of two guys screening. Carey didn't have much of a chance on that, so it was good." - Blashill