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

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 10:08 PM

Associated Press

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Plekanec's 2 goals, Vanek's goal and 2 assists lead Canadiens to 5-4 win over Red Wings
Montréal Canadiens 5, Detroit Red Wings 4
Three Stars of the Game
Thomas Vanek
1st
Thomas Vanek
LW
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 18:12
Tomas Tatar
2nd
Tomas Tatar
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:21
Tomas Plekanec
3rd
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 19:03

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
05:14
MTL
Tomas Plekanec (19) ASST: P.K. Subban (41), Brendan Gallagher (21)
1 - 0 MTL
14:11
MTL
Tomas Plekanec (20) ASST: P.K. Subban (42)
2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
01:28
DET
Riley Sheahan (6) ASST: Luke Glendening (5), Brian Lashoff (4)
2 - 1 MTL
11:03
MTL
David Desharnais (14) ASST: Thomas Vanek (35)
3 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
01:24
DET
Tomas Tatar (17) ASST: NONE
3 - 2 MTL
04:30
DET
Tomas Tatar (18) ASST: Tomas Jurco (6), Riley Sheahan (15)
3 - 3 Tie
05:48
MTL
Max Pacioretty (33) ASST: David Desharnais (33), Thomas Vanek (36)
4 - 3 MTL
11:15
MTL
Thomas Vanek (26) ASST: Andrei Markov (36), Alexei Emelin (11)
5 - 3 MTL
11:36
DET
Johan Franzen (16) ASST: Gustav Nyquist (18), Darren Helm (6)
5 - 4 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
07:49
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Tripping against  Danny DeKeyser
13:27
DET
Luke Glendening  Hooking against  Michael Bournival
13:27
MTL
Michael Bournival  Diving against  Luke Glendening
2nd Period
05:15
DET
David Legwand  Interference against  Daniel Briere
06:46
DET
Kyle Quincey  Slashing against  Brendan Gallagher
13:48
MTL
Brendan Gallagher  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jimmy Howard
3rd Period
16:59
DET
Brendan Smith  Hooking against  Michael Bournival
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 30TOI: 59:55
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
17-18-11
SA: 29TOI: 59:25
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .828SH: 0 - 0