Montreal Canadiens hold off Detroit Red Wings, 3-2
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Jeff Petry finally scored a goal against the Red Wings in Detroit, and it turned out to be decisive.
Petry scored 19 seconds into the third period, and the Montreal Canadiens held on for a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday night. Petry, a Michigan native, is the son of former Tigers pitcher Dan Petry, who was a member of the Detroit team that won the World Series in 1984. Jeff Petry’s goal Tuesday was the 54th of his NHL career, but the first in Detroit.
“It’s exciting to get that in this building, in front of a lot of friends and family,” Petry said.
Brendan Gallagher and Joel Armia scored 66 seconds apart early in the second for Montreal, and Petry’s goal made it 3-1. Andreas Athanasiou scored both goals for the Red Wings.
Detroit wrapped up a five-game homestand that included only one victory. The Red Wings are 1-6-2 in their last nine games.
“We gave away three easy goals,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “We got to work like dogs to get our goals and then you give away three easy ones. It’s hard to score every night. I thought we worked, I thought we were on the forecheck, I thought we did enough good things to win. We just can’t give away goals.”
Gallagher opened the scoring 30 seconds into the second period, capitalizing during a goalmouth scramble after goalie Jimmy Howard failed to secure a rebound.
Just over a minute later, the Red Wings gave Armia too much room in the slot, and he beat Howard with a wrist shot.
Athanasiou made it 2-1, beating goalie Antti Niemi from the right circle after a failed zone exit by the Canadiens.