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Plekanec's 2 goals, Vanek's goal and 2 assists lead Canadiens to 5-4 win over Red Wings

Associated Press | Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 10:08 PM

DETROIT - Max Pacioretty broke a third period tie, Tomas Plekanec scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 Thursday night.

Tomas Vanek added a goal and two assists and David Desharnais had a goal and an assist for Montreal. P.K. Subban had two assists and Carey Price made 23 saves.

Tomas Tatar scored two goals for Detroit, Riley Sheahan a goal and an assist, and Johan Franzen also scored. Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots.

Pacioretty gave Montreal a 4-3 lead with a shot from the right circle that deflected off Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall for Pacioretty's 33rd goal. The play appeared to be offside.

Vanek got his 26th goal with 8:45 left on a tip in to make it 5-3.

Franzen brought the Red Wings to within 5-4 21 seconds later. Franzen's 16th goal broke a nine-game goal-scoring drought.

Tatar scored twice over 3:06 early in the third period to tie the game at 3.

He brought Detroit to within 3-2 with a wrist shot from the high slot 1:24 into the third after intercepting Subban's pass. Tatar tied it at 4:30 on a shot from the bottom of the right circle for his 18th goal.

Sheahan put the Red Wings on the board and cut the Canadiens lead to 2-1, 1:28 into the second period with his sixth goal.

But Desharnais restored Montreal's two-goal lead with 8:57 remaining in the middle period. It was his 14th goal.

Plekanec's two goals gave Montreal a 2-0 lead in the first period.

He opened the scoring 7:49 into the game, then got his 20th goal with 5:49 left in the opening period.

NOTE: Detroit RW Tomas Jurco returned after missing seven games with a broken rib. . Montreal LW Travis Moen missed his second game with a concussion. . Red Wings C Pavel Datsyuk, who has missed 13 games with a sore knee, is skating but there's no timetable for his return. . Detroit C Henrik Zetterberg, who had back surgery on Feb. 21, won't be cleared for contact until April 18-19. . Pacioretty played college hockey at the University of Michigan. ... Montreal D Mike Weaver played college hockey at Michigan State. ... Canadiens' RW Dale Weise missed his second game with an upper-body injury.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:14MTL Tomas Plekanec (19) ASST: P.K. Subban (41), Brendan Gallagher (21) 1 - 0 MTL
14:11MTL Tomas Plekanec (20) ASST: P.K. Subban (42) 2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
01:28DET Riley Sheahan (6) ASST: Luke Glendening (5), Brian Lashoff (4) 2 - 1 MTL
11:03MTL David Desharnais (14) ASST: Thomas Vanek (35) 3 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
01:24DET Tomas Tatar (17) ASST: NONE 3 - 2 MTL
04:30DET Tomas Tatar (18) ASST: Tomas Jurco (6), Riley Sheahan (15) 3 - 3 Tie
05:48MTL Max Pacioretty (33) ASST: David Desharnais (33), Thomas Vanek (36) 4 - 3 MTL
11:15MTL Thomas Vanek (26) ASST: Andrei Markov (36), Alexei Emelin (11) 5 - 3 MTL
11:36DET Johan Franzen (16) ASST: Gustav Nyquist (18), Darren Helm (6) 5 - 4 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 18:12
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Tatar
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:21
Tomas Plekanec
Tomas Plekanec
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 19:03
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:49MTL Tomas Plekanec  Tripping against  Danny DeKeyser
13:27DET Luke Glendening  Hooking against  Michael Bournival
13:27MTL Michael Bournival  Diving against  Luke Glendening
2nd Period
05:15DET David Legwand  Interference against  Daniel Briere
06:46DET Kyle Quincey  Slashing against  Brendan Gallagher
13:48MTL Brendan Gallagher  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jimmy Howard
3rd Period
16:59DET Brendan Smith  Hooking against  Michael Bournival
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/30/2
Faceoff Wins2838
Blocked Shots1010
Penalty Minutes68
11B. GallagherR01-13217:25
14T. PlekanecC20-14219:03
17R. BourqueR0000011:05
20T. VanekL1236018:12
21B. GiontaR0002016:40
24J. TinordiD0010010:44
27A. GalchenyukC00-21016:42
43M. WeaverD0010015:53
48D. BriereC0001011:09
49M. BournivalL00-1028:12
51D. DesharnaisC1131019:17
53R. WhiteC00-1007:22
55F. BouillonD00-11017:46
67M. PaciorettyL1034018:29
74A. EmelinD0111023:20
76P. SubbanD02-13024:29
79A. MarkovD0112027:48
81L. EllerC00-10010:29
31C. Price2630.86759:55
2B. SmithD00-21219:05
4J. KindlD0031014:31
11D. AlfredssonR00-31013:04
14G. NyquistR01-12016:52
15R. SheahanC1131016:38
17D. LegwandC00-31212:36
18J. AnderssonC00-11010:39
20D. MillerL00-11011:34
21T. TatarL2024016:21
23B. LashoffD0130013:00
26T. JurcoR0135016:37
27K. QuinceyD00-20220:17
41L. GlendeningC0102214:45
43D. HelmC0102015:14
44T. BertuzziR0002011:51
55N. KronwallD00-21025:39
65D. DeKeyserD00-22024:07
93J. FranzenR10-13019:45
35J. Howard2429.82859:25