DETROIT (AP) — For the first time in more than three months, the Red Wings have a winning streak at home.
Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Kronwall and Gustav Nyquist each had a goal and an assist to lead Detroit past the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Friday night for its second consecutive victory at Joe Louis Arena.
The last time the Red Wings won two in a row at home was Oct. 12-15. They beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in a shootout Wednesday night.
"Obviously, real important. It's like anything, some years you win lots of games at home and some years you don't," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "Some years you're good on the road and some years you're not and you never really figure out why. But we have an opportunity here on Sunday to keep things going and we'd like to."
Detroit is 3-1 on a five-game homestand that ends Sunday against Florida.
"Try to get a template that we can hang our hat on and play every night. It's hard because we were playing pretty solid and we lose those back-to-back games 1-0," defenseman Kyle Quincey said. "It's hard to tell the boys to keep going and it'll come, but then you play Chicago and we end up scoring (four) goals and winning and now you're saying, 'Keep playing like that.' Again we scored four goals tonight and I think we believe if we keep playing like that we'll be OK."
Riley Sheahan also scored for Detroit, and Jonas Gustavsson made 30 saves.
Brendan Gallagher had the goal for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 22 shots.
"Just little, unfortunate breakdowns that we know better. Just little things cost us," Gallagher said.
Kronwall gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead with 3:31 left in the second period. He scored his sixth goal of the season on a one-timer from the slot after Nyquist's pass went off Gallagher's stick.
"I read the play, I was where I wanted to be. I was ready but I got ahead of myself," Gallagher said.