DETROIT — Brendan Gallagher and Joel Armia scored 66 seconds apart early in the second period, and the Montreal Canadiens edged the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Andreas Athanasiou scored twice for the Red Wings, but Jeff Petry added a goal 19 seconds into the third for Montreal. Detroit wrapped up a five-game homestand that included only one victory. The Red Wings are 1-6-2 in their last nine games.
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.
Montreal began the third period much like the second. Former Red Wing Tomas Tatar found Petry trailing a rush, and the Michigan native scored with a wrist shot from between the circles.
Athanasiou brought Detroit back within one with 15:02 remaining. The Red Wings’ struggling power play created good pressure, and Athanasiou scored from a tough angle to the right of the net, his 17th goal of the season.
With their goalie pulled at the end, the Red Wings had the puck in the offensive zone in the final 10 seconds, but they exasperated their own home crowd by passing it around and letting the clock expire without a shot.
NOTES: Canadiens D Shea Weber, who was hit in the face while blocking a shot Monday night against Minnesota, played Tuesday. … Howard played his 491st game, tying Guy Hebert for eighth on the career list among American-born goalies. … Petry’s father Dan was a major league pitcher and helped the Detroit Tigers win the World Series in 1984.
Canadiens: Visit St. Louis on Thursday night.
Red Wings: Visit Winnipeg on Friday night.
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Noah Trister, The Associated Press