The Canadian Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

MONTREAL -- Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the game late in the third period to give the red-hot Montreal Canadiens a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Michael Bournival, Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal (45-27-7), while Carey Price made 34 saves.

Montreal is now 10-2-0 in its last 12 games.

Pavel Datsyuk, Luke Glendening and Niklas Kronwall scored for Detroit (37-27-14), which had its four-game win streak snapped. Jonas Gustavsson stopped 19 shots.

With the game tied 3-3, Gionta was credited with his second goal of the game when his shot, which was initially saved by Gustavsson, bounced off defenceman Brian Lashoff's skate and into the net. Galchenyuk added a fifth for the Canadiens two minutes later.

With the victory, the Canadiens remain in second place in the Atlantic, four points clear of division-rivals Tampa Bay, which lost on Saturday.

With Montreal up 3-0 going into the third, Detroit made a game of it with two goals in 36 seconds to put the Canadiens on their heels. Datsyuk scored his 16th of the year at 5:11 on the power play, and Glendening reduced the deficit again at 5:47 on a soft backhand shot that Price got a piece of.

Kronwall tied it up for Detroit midway through the frame, beating Price with a slap shot from the point on the man advantage.

Despite the loss, the Red Wings are holding on to the first of two wild card spots in the East.

Montreal opened the score when Bournival scored his seventh of the year -- and first in 37 games -- at 14:16 of the first period.

The rookie got the play going, intercepting the puck in the neutral zone before feeding Ryan White at the blue-line. White held off defenceman Kyle Quincey and took a weak backhand shot on Gustavsson, who kicked the puck straight to a wide-open Bournival.

Pacioretty made it 2-0 on a great individual effort at 8:52 of the second, going around Kronwall with speed at the Canadiens' blue-line to generate a breakaway. Pacioretty fended off a diving Lashoff before beating Gustavsson blocker-side for his ninth goal in his last eight games.

With his 39th goal, Pacioretty moved into tie with Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks for third in NHL scoring.

Gionta got in on the action five minutes later, scoring his 16th of the season after a set play off the end boards landed perfectly on his stick, unmarked in front of the net.

The goal was Montreal's second in the period on only their third shot.

Both Montreal and Detroit were coming off wins on Friday. The Red Wings scored three times in the first period to beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2, while the Canadiens scored seven straight to down the Ottawa Senators 7-4. Both Price and Gustavsson had the night off on Friday.

Notes: The Canadiens play three more times before the start of their first-round playoff seriesa The game was Gionta's 300th with Montreala Forwards Brandon Prust (upper body), Travis Moen (concussion) and Dale Weise (upper body) did not dressa Defenceman Douglas Murray served his second of a three-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Tampa Bay's Mike Kostkaa The Red Wings are seeking a 23rd consecutive playoff appearance.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
14:16MTL Michael Bournival (7) ASST: Ryan White (4) 1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
08:52MTL Max Pacioretty (39) ASST: Mike Weaver (12), Jarred Tinordi (1) 2 - 0 MTL
13:35MTL Brian Gionta (16) ASST: Lars Eller (13), Jarred Tinordi (2) 3 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
05:11DET PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (16) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (40), Johan Franzen (23) 3 - 1 MTL
05:47DET Luke Glendening (1) ASST: Justin Abdelkader (18), Drew Miller (7) 3 - 2 MTL
10:44DET PPG - Niklas Kronwall (8) ASST: Johan Franzen (24), Gustav Nyquist (19) 3 - 3 Tie
13:13MTL Brian Gionta (17) ASST: Lars Eller (14), Alexei Emelin (14) 4 - 3 MTL
15:40MTL Alex Galchenyuk (13) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (23), Brendan Gallagher (22) 5 - 3 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Brian Gionta
Brian Gionta
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:35
Carey Price
Carey Price
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
GA: 3EV: 22-23
PIM: 0PP: 9-11
SV%: .919SH: 3-3
Niklas Kronwall
Niklas Kronwall
G: 1Shots: 7
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 24:44
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:21MTL Daniel Briere  Tripping against  Brendan Smith
08:03DET Brendan Smith  Cross checking against  Alex Galchenyuk
16:32DET Luke Glendening  Hooking against  Thomas Vanek
19:20DET Jakub Kindl  Tripping against  Rene Bourque
2nd Period
03:57MTL Rene Bourque  Slashing against  Riley Sheahan
05:26MTL Tomas Plekanec  Tripping against  Johan Franzen
3rd Period
03:45MTL Ryan White  Hi-sticking against  Darren Helm
09:41MTL Francis Bouillon  Hooking against  Riley Sheahan
18:55DET Tomas Jurco  Slashing against  Alexei Emelin
18:55MTL Alexei Emelin  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Jurco
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/50/3
Faceoff Wins3026
Blocked Shots1218
Penalty Minutes812
2B. SmithD0013217:29
4J. KindlD00-21212:04
8J. AbdelkaderL01-12012:31
11D. AlfredssonR00-10015:11
13P. DatsyukC10-22017:41
14G. NyquistR01-12019:20
15R. SheahanC00-12014:13
17D. LegwandC00-13014:53
20D. MillerL01-10013:21
21T. TatarL00-13013:15
23B. LashoffD00-30011:39
26T. JurcoR0000214:29
27K. QuinceyD00-11021:34
41L. GlendeningC1001213:06
43D. HelmC00-12015:17
55N. KronwallD11-27024:44
65D. DeKeyserD00-12024:24
93J. FranzenR02-26019:32
50J. Gustavsson2126.80858:12
11B. GallagherR0110012:18
14T. PlekanecC0111220:35
17R. BourqueR0021212:48
20T. VanekL0002019:59
21B. GiontaR2024018:35
24J. TinordiD0210015:21
27A. GalchenyukC1011014:07
43M. WeaverD0140019:19
48D. BriereC001325:57
49M. BournivalL101105:24
51D. DesharnaisC0003018:50
53R. WhiteC011127:34
55F. BouillonD0031216:42
67M. PaciorettyL1003018:23
74A. EmelinD0100220:49
76P. SubbanD0001018:52
79A. MarkovD0003028:57
81L. EllerC0221015:56
31C. Price3437.91960:00