NHL-worst Red Wings beat Canadeins 4-3, sweep season series

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings can only wish they played Montreal more than just four times this season.

Andreas Athanasiou scored his second goal with 5:15 remaining in regulation to cap Detroit's three-goal third period, helping the Red Wings rally to beat the Canadiens 4-3 Tuesday night to sweep the season series.

''Feels good to beat them four times,'' Red Wings center Dylan Larkin said. ''They've got a good goalie, a good team. That's a team that the last couple of years beat us pretty bad.''

Detroit has earned four of its NHL-low 15 victories against the Canadiens.

''I think they wanted to win the game more than we did, so they made plays when we didn't,'' Canadiens forward Paul Byron said. ''They fought and made some big plays.''

Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier did not give up a goal in the third period and finished with 19 saves.

Nate Thompson and Jeff Petry scored to give Montreal a 2-0 lead in the first period and Nick Suzuki's goal put it ahead 3-1 after two periods.

''Some guys were playing and some guys were just in their jerseys,'' Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said.

Detroit's Robby Fabbri had a goal in the first period and teammate Mike Green scored a game-tying goal midway through the third period for his 500th career point. The veteran defenseman scored on a shot that fluttered past Price.

''With Carey, he probably knew where I was going,'' Green said. ''Good thing I flubbed it. I'll take it.''

Athanasiou scored his first goal early in the third and followed up later in the period with the winner, giving him 10 goals in 45 games. The performance perhaps increased his trade value for a rebuilding team that may deal the speedy, 25-year-old forward for draft picks or prospects by Monday's deadline.

Carey Price had 21 saves for the Canadiens, who have lost five straight for the third time this season.

Montreal had chances to avoid getting swept by a team that has by far been the league's worst this season and failed.

''We all knew we haven't played well against them and we know we blew a lead here the last time,'' said Montreal's Shea Weber, who returned to play after missing six games with an ankle injury.

The Canadiens failed to take advantage of a power play late in the third period and their comeback chances took a hit when Joel Armia was called for roughing with 2:44 left. Price was pulled to add an extra skater after the penalty was killed, but the Canadiens could not pull into a tie to send the game to overtime.

''I can't put my skates on and play for them,'' Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. ''We need them to play 60 minutes.''

NOTES:

Red Wings President and CEO Chris Ilitch was at a news conference, announcing an initiative to give children in Detroit more access to hockey, and provided his take on the team's woes under first-year general manager Steve Yzerman. ''Rebuilds are tough, right? Nobody likes to lose,'' Ilitch said. ''I don't like to lose. Our fans don't like to lose. Our players don't want to lose. But, I think that what we are looking at and measuring is progress, and I think Steve has settled in incredibly well. ... I believe we'll get there. It's just going to take time.'' ... Petry had at least one fan in the stands, his father, Dan, who helped the Detroit Tigers win the 1984 World Series as a right-handed pitcher.

UP NEXT

Canadiens: Play at Washington on Thursday night.

Red Wings: Travel to play the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

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123T
MON27-27-8
2103
DET15-43-4
0134
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Armia RW00-200/0214:201
P. Byron RW01100/1013:370
B. Chiarot D00-320/0020:231
N. Cousins LW01120/0013:290
P. Danault C00004/8215:151
M. Domi C00-216/8015:310
J. Drouin LW00-210/0011:450
I. Kovalchuk LW00-210/0015:380
B. Kulak D00-140/0021:280
A. Lehkonen LW00-201/2016:521
V. Mete D00100/0008:070
X. Ouellet D00000/0018:162
J. Petry D10-140/0025:491
N. Suzuki C11-236/5016:030
T. Tatar LW01010/0016:582
N. Thompson C10116/7212:250
J. Weal RW02005/5016:290
S. Weber D00-220/0021:500
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Athanasiou RW20141/1014:380
T. Bertuzzi LW01100/0018:081
A. Biega D01200/0019:472
M. Bowey D00210/0225:232
T. Daley D00-110/0015:080
C. Ehn C00005/3007:520
A. Erne RW00000/0008:284
R. Fabbri RW10231/0019:012
V. Filppula C01116/4018:011
L. Glendening RW00016/4015:080
M. Green D10220/0024:090
D. Helm LW00010/0014:202
D. Larkin C022315/12023:230
G. Lindstrom D00-110/0413:370
A. Mantha RW02250/0021:550
P. Nemeth D00220/0019:310
F. Nielsen C00002/4011:511
B. Perlini LW00000/0006:040
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Price (L)254210.84059:33
GOALIESSA
C. Price (L)25
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Bernier (W)223190.86459:35
GOALIESSA
J. Bernier (W)22
Dylan Larkin shot on goal (Wrist shot)
MON:GoalsShots
DET:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • DET
      14:45GOAL Andreas Athanasiou (Wrist shot), Assist: Tyler Bertuzzi
    • DET
      10:41GOAL Mike Green (Wrist shot), Assists: Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin
    • DET
      05:04GOAL Andreas Athanasiou (Backhand shot), Assists: Alex Biega and Valtteri Filppula
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • MON
      12:40(PP) GOAL Nick Suzuki (Wrist shot), Assists: Jordan Weal and Tomas Tatar
    • DET
      01:24GOAL Robby Fabbri (Wrist shot), Assists: Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • MON
      16:03(PP) GOAL Jeff Petry (Slap shot), Assists: Nick Suzuki and Jordan Weal
    • MON
      05:59GOAL Nate Thompson (Wrist shot), Assists: Nick Cousins and Paul Byron
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • MON
      17:16Joel Armia penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • DET
      15:27Madison Bowey penalty Holding - 2 min.
    • MON
      12:18Phillip Danault penalty Tripping - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • MON
      19:39Nate Thompson penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • DET
      12:07Gustav Lindstrom penalty Tripping - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • DET
      14:35Gustav Lindstrom penalty Holding - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
MON
DET
Shots on Goal2225
Goals in Power Play20
Faceoff Wins2836
Penalties33
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties33
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
MON
Shots on Goal22
Goals in Power Play2
Faceoff Wins28
Penalties3
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties3
Misconducts0
123T
MON27-27-8
2103
DET15-43-4
0134
STARS OF THE GAME
13.6 %SHOT %16.0 %
0.840 %SAVE %0.864 %
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Armia RW00-200/0214:201
P. Byron RW01100/1013:370
B. Chiarot D00-320/0020:231
N. Cousins LW01120/0013:290
P. Danault C00004/8215:151
M. Domi C00-216/8015:310
J. Drouin LW00-210/0011:450
I. Kovalchuk LW00-210/0015:380
B. Kulak D00-140/0021:280
A. Lehkonen LW00-201/2016:521
V. Mete D00100/0008:070
X. Ouellet D00000/0018:162
J. Petry D10-140/0025:491
N. Suzuki C11-236/5016:030
T. Tatar LW01010/0016:582
N. Thompson C10116/7212:250
J. Weal RW02005/5016:290
S. Weber D00-220/0021:500
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Athanasiou RW20141/1014:380
T. Bertuzzi LW01100/0018:081
A. Biega D01200/0019:472
M. Bowey D00210/0225:232
T. Daley D00-110/0015:080
C. Ehn C00005/3007:520
A. Erne RW00000/0008:284
R. Fabbri RW10231/0019:012
V. Filppula C01116/4018:011
L. Glendening RW00016/4015:080
M. Green D10220/0024:090
D. Helm LW00010/0014:202
D. Larkin C022315/12023:230
G. Lindstrom D00-110/0413:370
A. Mantha RW02250/0021:550
P. Nemeth D00220/0019:310
F. Nielsen C00002/4011:511
B. Perlini LW00000/0006:040
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Price (L)254210.84059:33
GOALIESSA
C. Price (L)25
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Bernier (W)223190.86459:35
GOALIESSA
J. Bernier (W)22
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
MON27-27-8
2103
DET15-43-4
0134
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Armia RW00-200/0214:201
P. Byron RW01100/1013:370
B. Chiarot D00-320/0020:231
N. Cousins LW01120/0013:290
P. Danault C00004/8215:151
M. Domi C00-216/8015:310
J. Drouin LW00-210/0011:450
I. Kovalchuk LW00-210/0015:380
B. Kulak D00-140/0021:280
A. Lehkonen LW00-201/2016:521
V. Mete D00100/0008:070
X. Ouellet D00000/0018:162
J. Petry D10-140/0025:491
N. Suzuki C11-236/5016:030
T. Tatar LW01010/0016:582
N. Thompson C10116/7212:250
J. Weal RW02005/5016:290
S. Weber D00-220/0021:500
Total3602228/366-9
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Athanasiou RW20141/1014:380
T. Bertuzzi LW01100/0018:081
A. Biega D01200/0019:472
M. Bowey D00210/0225:232
T. Daley D00-110/0015:080
C. Ehn C00005/3007:520
A. Erne RW00000/0008:284
R. Fabbri RW10231/0019:012
V. Filppula C01116/4018:011
L. Glendening RW00016/4015:080
M. Green D10220/0024:090
D. Helm LW00010/0014:202
D. Larkin C022315/12023:230
G. Lindstrom D00-110/0413:370
A. Mantha RW02250/0021:550
P. Nemeth D00220/0019:310
F. Nielsen C00002/4011:511
B. Perlini LW00000/0006:040
Total4702536/286-15
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Price (L)254210.84059:33
GOALIESSA
C. Price (L)25
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Bernier (W)223190.86459:35
GOALIESSA
J. Bernier (W)22
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

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MON27-27-8
2103
DET15-43-4
0134
TEAM STATS
3.33
GF AVG
3.46
GA AVG
.57
Power Play
2.09
GF AVG
3.93
GA AVG
.47
Power Play
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