Canadiens leave Detroit bruised and battered

Paul Harris, The Sports Xchange

, Last Updated: 11:15 PM ET

DETROIT - Captain and centre Henrik Zetterberg, defenceman Niklas Kronwall and right winger Gustav Nyquist had a goal and an assist each to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Centre Riley Sheahan also scored for Detroit (23-18-10), which won its second straight at home for the first time since October. Jonas Gustavsson made 30 saves.

Right winger Brendan Gallagher scored for Montreal (27-19-5). Carey Price stopped 22 shots.

Montreal defenceman Alexei Emelin was helped off the ice with 7:08 left in the third period after taking Kronwall's shot off his knee.

Kronwall gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead with 3:31 left in the second. He scored on a one-timer from the slot after right winger Gustav Nyquist's pass went off of right winger Brendan Gallagher's stick. It was Kronwall's sixth goal.

Nyquist got his goal with 1:19 left.

Gallagher put the Canadiens on the board with a power-play goal with 7:24 left in the middle period. He jammed one past Gustavsson after carrying the puck from the side of the net to the crease for Gallagher's 13th goal.

Sheahan made it 2-0 Detroit with 8:12 remaining in the second period. He beat Price with a snap shot from the top of the left circle. It was Sheahan's second goal.

Gustavsson made a nice save on centre Louis Leblanc's backhand shot from the bottom of the left circle with 3:07 remaining in the first.

Zetterberg opened the scoring with 7:33 left in the first period. With the Red Wings on a 5-on-3 power play, he put in a one-time slap shot from the high slot for Zetterberg's 16th goal.

Gustavsson stopped Canaidens centre Tomas Plekanec on a shorthanded breakaway with about 8:50 left in the opening period.

NOTES: Detroit RW Daniel Alfredsson returned after missing six games with back spasms. ... The two Original Six teams, now Atlantic Division rivals, last met two years ago on Jan. 25, 2012, when Montreal won 7-2 at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens' last visit to Detroit was Dec. 10, 2010, and the Red Wings won 4-2. ... Detroit was without C Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), G Jimmy Howard (knee), RW Johan Franzen (post-concussion syndrome), C Joakim Andersson (lower body), C Steven Weiss (groin) and C Cory Emmerton (finger). ... Montreal LW Max Pacoretty played at the University of Michigan. ... Canadiens assistant coach Gerard Gallant played nine of his 11 seasons in the NHL with Detroit.


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