Jimmy Howard stopped 36 of 38 shots fired at him by Montreal, as the Red Wings skated to a 4-2 victory Friday at Joe Louis Arena.
Bettors who backed the Red Wings were rewarded as -170 favorites at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go OVER the closing total of 5.5.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Kronwall, and Patrick Eaves each scored for the Red Wings in the victory. Lidstrom opened the scoring for Detroit, finding the back of the net at 19:58 of the first period. The goal was assisted by Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom.
Jimmy Howard turned in a 36-save effort for the Red Wings.
Travis Moen and Benoit Pouliot scored for the Canadiens, finding the net behind Jimmy Howard.
Montreal got a 28-stop effort from Carey Price in the loss.
On the power play, Detroit went 1-for-6, while the Canadiens were 0-for-1 with the man advantage.
Detroit lost the shots on goal battle to Montreal by a margin of 38-32.
Detroit looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Devils. The Canadiens will aim to get back on the winning track at Toronto.