DETROIT (AP) — Riley Sheahan scored a career-high two goals to help Detroit take a four-goal lead into the third period and the Red Wings held on to beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 Thursday night.
Sheahan’s second goal came 12 seconds after Luke Glendening scored early in the second, then Anthony Mantha’s first NHL goal gave the Red Wings a 4-0 lead late in the period.
Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec scored in the opening minute of the third. Paul Byron and Max Pacioretty followed with goals to pull Montreal within a goal.
Petr Mrazek kept the lead and had 26 saves for the Red Wings, who are in a tightly contested race for a wild-card spot in the hopes of extending their postseason streak to 25 seasons.
Ben Scrivens stopped 36 shots for the Canadiens.