|MTL||2||1||2||(0 - 0)||5|
|DET||0||1||3||(0 - 0)||4|
|G: 1||Shots: 6|
|A: 2||Hits: 3|
|PTS: 3||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 3||TOI: 18:12|
|G: 2||Shots: 4|
|A: 0||Hits: 4|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 2||TOI: 16:21|
|G: 2||Shots: 4|
|A: 0||Hits: 1|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 2|
|+/-: -1||TOI: 19:03|
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.
|Tomas Plekanec (19) Snap shot - ASST: P.K. Subban (41), Brendan Gallagher (21)|
1 - 0 MTL
|Tomas Plekanec (20) Snap shot - ASST: P.K. Subban (42)|
2 - 0 MTL
|Riley Sheahan (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Luke Glendening (5), Brian Lashoff (4)|
2 - 1 MTL
|David Desharnais (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (35)|
3 - 1 MTL
|Tomas Tatar (17) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE|
3 - 2 MTL
|Tomas Tatar (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Jurco (6), Riley Sheahan (15)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Max Pacioretty (33) Wrist shot - ASST: David Desharnais (33), Thomas Vanek (36)|
4 - 3 MTL
|Thomas Vanek (26) Tip-in - ASST: Andrei Markov (36), Alexei Emelin (11)|
5 - 3 MTL
|Johan Franzen (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Gustav Nyquist (18), Darren Helm (6)|
5 - 4 MTL
|Tomas Plekanec Tripping against Danny DeKeyser|
|Luke Glendening Hooking against Michael Bournival|
|Michael Bournival Diving against Luke Glendening|
|David Legwand Interference against Daniel Briere|
|Kyle Quincey Slashing against Brendan Gallagher|
|Brendan Gallagher Interference on goalkeeper against Jimmy Howard|
|Brendan Smith Hooking against Michael Bournival|
|SA: 30||TOI: 59:55|
|Saves: 26||EV: 22 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .867||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 29||TOI: 59:25|
|Saves: 24||EV: 17 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 7|
|SV%: .828||SH: 0 - 0|