MONTREAL (AP) — Carey Price made 20 saves and became the winningest goaltender in the storied history of the Montreal Canadiens, who beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Tuesday night.
It was win No. 315 for Price, snapping a tie with Hall of Famer Jacques Plante atop the team leaderboard. Plante played for Montreal from 1952 to 1963.
Max Domi had two goals and Brett Kulak also scored as the Canadiens (37-26-7) stopped a two-game slide. Tomas Tatar, who played for the Red Wings from 2010 to 2018, had two assists against his former team.
Andreas Athanasiou scored in the third period for Detroit (24-36-10), which has won just once in its past 12 games. Jonathan Bernier stopped shots.
The Red Wings have dropped their last nine games against the Canadiens.
Price was on his game from the opening faceoff, making a nice pad save on Athanasiou on a breakaway in the game’s first minute.
With the game still scoreless in the second period, Price made a spectacular pad save on Michael Rasmussen before Shea Weber knocked the rebound away out of mid-air.
Domi put Montreal in front 12:27 into the second when he deflected Andrew Shaw’s hard pass from the half-wall past Bernier for his 23rd goal of the season.
Kulak made it 2-0 five minutes later with a one-timer through traffic that knuckled on Bernier and trickled past him.
Athanasiou got Detroit on the board when he beat Price between the pads 40 seconds into the third period.
With 12 minutes to play, Price made his biggest saves of the night. The 31-year-old was fully outstretched to deny Tyler Bertuzzi on a breakaway before freezing the puck on Frans Nielsen’s dangerous rebound.
Domi added the empty-netter with 49 seconds to play.
NOTES: It was the last of four meetings between the Canadiens and Red Wings this season. . Detroit F Dylan Larkin (neck injury) missed his fourth straight game.
Red Wings: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Canadiens: Visit the New York Islanders on Thursday night.