- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2008

DETROIT (AP) - Carey Price made 32 saves, and Maxim Lapierre, Tomas Plekanec and Christopher Higgins scored second-period goals in the Montreal Canadiens‘ 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Johan Franzen scored for Detroit, and Ty Conklin stopped 22 shots.

Lapierre opened the scoring 5:23 into the second period when his attempted pass from behind the net deflected in off Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom’s skate.

Plekanec’s power-play goal with 7:13 left made it 2-0. His one-timer from the right circle bounced in off of Conklin.

Higgins capitalized on Kirk Maltby’s turnover in the Detroit zone, sliding a backhander from the slot off of defenseman Brad Stuart and past Conklin with 6:23 remaining in the second period.

Franzen foiled Price’s shutout bid with 6:29 left. Franzen took the puck away from Canadiens defenseman Ryan O’Byrne in the neutral zone, came in off the right wing, turned O’Byrne around with a couple of moves, cut into the slot and beat Price with a backhander for his 10th goal.

Note:@ Detroit LW Tomas Holmstrom missed his fourth game because of back spasms. … The Red Wings assigned RW Darren McCarty to their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids and recalled C Darren Helm. … Montreal RW Georges Laraque missed his second game with a groin injury. … Canadiens’ LW Alex Tanguay didn’t return after taking a check from Detroit D Brad Stuart along the boards early in the first period. … Montreal last visited Detroit on Jan. 15, 2007. … Lidstrom is the leading vote getter in the Western Conference for the NHL All-Star game. Marian Hossa, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are 1-2-3 among forwards.

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