Complete – March 24, 2016 – 7:30 PM ET – Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan – Attendance: 20,027 – Duration: 2 Hours, 37 Minutes
Linesman #77 Tim Nowak
Linesman #89 Steve Miller
Referee #16 Brian Pochmara
Referee #23 Brad Watson
Skater Stats
LWMax Pacioretty610002217:40
LWPaul Byron110001016:08
LWPhillip Danault100000411:48
LWLucas Lessio00000-107:18
CTomas Plekanec310001219:25
CTorrey Mitchell000001217:54
CAlex Galchenyuk101001016:43
CLars Eller500000016:16
CDavid Desharnais00000-1015:50
CStefan Matteau00000-1210:27
RWMichael McCarron30000-2011:33
RWMike Brown10000-108:53
RWSven Andrighetto00000000:00
DAndrei Markov300001026:52
DAlexei Emelin100001026:33
DGreg Pateryn000000019:39
DNathan Beaulieu10000-2218:44
DJoel Hanley102000014:31
DDarren Dietz201000013:41
Skater Stats
LWJustin Abdelkader10000-3220:33
LWHenrik Zetterberg10000-2020:22
LWTomas Tatar000001012:37
CPavel Datsyuk201001019:09
CDylan Larkin60000-2018:09
CDarren Helm401001016:15
CRiley Sheahan420001015:01
CLuke Glendening310001014:11
CBrad Richards301000012:17
CAndreas Athanasiou40100108:24
RWGustav Nyquist000000014:31
RWAnthony Mantha310101012:02
DKyle Quincey400001221:56
DDanny DeKeyser200000020:23
DMike Green002001219:48
DNiklas Kronwall10000-3018:37
DBrendan Smith202002218:19
DJonathan Ericsson00000-1013:40
Goalie Stats
GBen Scrivens4043690.0058:55
GMike Condon00000:00
Goalie Stats
GPetr Mrazek2932689.6659:29
GJimmy Howard00000:00
Period 1
Penalty on Tomas Plekanec: 2 minutes for Cross checking
Penalty on Torrey Mitchell: 2 minutes for Tripping
Goal scored by Riley Sheahan
Assisted by: Brendan Smith and Mike Green
Period 2
Penalty on Phillip Danault: 2 minutes for Roughing
Penalty on Phillip Danault: 2 minutes for Roughing
Penalty on Brendan Smith: 2 minutes for Roughing
Goal scored by Luke Glendening
Goal scored by Riley Sheahan
Assisted by: Brendan Smith and Pavel Datsyuk
Penalty on Nathan Beaulieu: 2 minutes for High sticking
Goal scored by Anthony Mantha (Power Play)
Assisted by: Brad Richards and Mike Green
Period 3
Goal scored by Tomas Plekanec
Goal scored by Paul Byron
Assisted by: Darren Dietz and Joel Hanley
Penalty on Max Pacioretty: 2 minutes for Roughing
Penalty on Justin Abdelkader: 2 minutes for Roughing
Goal scored by Max Pacioretty
Assisted by: Alex Galchenyuk and Joel Hanley
Penalty on Stefan Matteau: 2 minutes for Roughing
Penalty on Mike Green: 2 minutes for Roughing
Penalty on Kyle Quincey: 2 minutes for Interference
Red Wings hang on for win over Canadiens

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings held on to bolster their playoff chances.

Riley Sheahan scored two goals, and Detroit edged the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings led 4-0 early in the second period.

“They found a way how to come back to the game, but in the end it doesn’t matter,” said Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek, who made 26 saves. “You got two points, and nobody’s going to ask you in a couple days how you won the game.”

Detroit, which has made the Stanley Cup playoffs in each of the past 24 seasons, is one point behind the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division with a game in hand. The Red Wings also are tied with the Flyers for the second wild-card position, though Philadelphia has a game in hand.

Luke Glendening also scored and Anthony Mantha got his first career goal for Detroit. Mike Green and Brendan Smith each had two assists.

“We got to win hockey games, period,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “There’ll be lots of other tough games for other teams, but we have to win hockey games. We have to earn our way in, and to do that, you’ve got to win.”

Tomas Plekanec, Paul Byron and Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal. Ben Scrivens made 36 saves.

“Probably credit to them and misreads by us,” Pacioretty said. “We made a couple of mistakes, but it was a good bounce-back in the third.”

Sheahan gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with 1:14 left in the first period. He backhanded in the rebound of Smith’s shot.

It was the second time the Red Wings scored the first goal in their past 11 games.

“It definitely helps us. We went into the second with a little momentum,” Sheahan said.

Mrazek stopped Pacioretty on a short-handed breakaway with 9:19 left in the first period.

Glendening and Sheahan scored 12 seconds apart early in the second period to make it 3-0.

Glendening beat Scrivens from the bottom of the right circle off a goal-mouth scramble 5:36 into the second for his seventh goal and third in four games. Sheahan’s second goal of the game and 11th of the season came on a breakaway. He made a move on Scrivens and put a forehand shot under the crossbar.

“In the second period, they came at us with a lot of speed, and you can’t forget … on our back side (defensemen), we don’t have a lot of experience,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.

Mantha scored a power-play goal with 2:33 left in the second period to make it 4-0. He put in a rebound for his first NHL goal. Mantha’s parents were in attendance as well as his grandfather Andre Pronovost, who played for Montreal and Detroit during his NHL career.

Just 47 seconds into the third period, Plekanec made it 4-1 on a shot from the inside edge of the left circle that hit Mrazek and trickled into the net. It was Plakanec’s 13th goal.

Byron made it 4-2 at 4:16 of the third when he poked in a rebound for his 10th goal.

Pacioretty’s goal 7:50 into the third period pulled the Canadiens within 4-3. His shot from the right circle deflected in off the skate of Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. It was Pacioretty’s 25th goal.

“We have to play 60 minutes. We knew it was going to be a battle in the third period,” Mrazek said. “They scored two goals that were weird bounces that get them back into the game, but huge two points at the end.”

NOTE: Montreal C David Desharnais returned after missing 17 games with a broken foot. … Detroit came into the game tied for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race with the Philadelphia Flyers, who had one game in hand. The Red Wings have made the playoffs the past 24 seasons. … The Canadiens were also without D P.K. Subban (neck) and RW Sven Andrighetto (upper body). Subban is expected to return soon . … Detroit’s healthy scratches were RW Tomas Jurco, RW Teemu Pulkkinen and D Alexey Marchenko.

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