Canadiens’ Mathieu Darche and Red Wings’ Brian Rafalski battle for the puck on Friday night. Rebecca Cook, Reuters
• At a Glance: The Detroit Red Wings snapped a two-game losing streak at the Joe Louis Arena with a 4-2 win over the Canadiens Friday night in a matchup of Original Six teams. Things had started off well for the Canadiens as they opened the scoring when Travis Moen scored 11:25 into the first period after he gathered a rebound off a Micheal Cammalleri shot that went wide of the Detroit net and banked the puck off Jimmy Howard’s leg and into the net. The Red Wings tied the game with one second left to play in the first during a 5-on-3 man advantage. After Carey Price stood on his head for the entire period, Nicklas Lidstrom beat him on the 18th Detroit shot of the frame. In the second, Niklas Kronwall scored 3:48 into the period for a 2-1 Red Wings lead on a shot that fooled Price. Pavel Datsyuk made it 3-1 Detroit at the end of the Montreal power play with a great backhand over Price’s left shoulder and right under the crossbar for his 10th of the season. In the third period, Benoit Pouliot narrowed the Detroit lead with a blistering slap shot that Howard had no chance on with a little more than 12 minutes to play. The Canadiens fought to tie the game the rest of the period, but came up empty despite a their best effort and Patrick Eaves scored into an empty net to seal the win. Howard notched his 16th win of the season, closing the gap on Price, who has 17 wins in his 27 starts.
• Key Moments: A lack of discipline on the part of the Canadiens cost them early in the game as they received the first five penalties of the game, allowing the Red Wings to finally score during a two-man advantage, the first time the Canadiens have allowed down two players all season.
• What It Means: Montreal’s three-game winning streak is snapped and the Canadiens’ record falls to 18-9-2, but they remain three points up on the Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Montreal is then home for games against the Flyers and Bruins next Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.