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Montreal 6, Detroit 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 23, 2021
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Referees: Wes McCauley, Francois St. Laurent
Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Kiel Murchison
Attendance: 19706

Mathieu Perreault had a hat trick and the host Montreal Canadiens collected their first victory of the season by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 on Saturday.

Perreault signed with Montreal during the offseason after scoring nine goals in 56 games for Winnipeg last season.

Ben Chiarot, Mike Hoffman and Christian Dvorak also scored for the Canadiens, who had just four goals in their first five games. Jake Allen made 26 saves.

Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, who have lost two straight after going 2-0-1 in their first three games.

Power plays were the story in the first period, as two of the three goals were scored with the man advantage.

Larkin gave Detroit the lead at 5:25 with Chiarot in the penalty box for tripping. Larkin ripped a shot from the left circle past Allen off a feed from Moritz Seider.

Chiarot scored his first goal of the season from the left side off a Jonathan Drouin pass.

Hoffman tallied at 16:15 after Filip Zadina was whistled for high sticking, as he fired a shot past a screened Red Wings goalie Thomas Greiss. Sami Niku and Dvorak had the assists.

Montreal made it 3-1 at 3:17 of the second on Dvorak's first goal of the season. His shot from the right side deflected off a defenseman's skate and past Greiss. Niku notched his second assist of the game.

The Canadiens continued the flurry at 7:45 of the period. Perrault took advantage of a Wings turnover near the blue line and sent a wrist shot past Greiss' glove hand.

Perreault scored in front at 9:59 off a pass from Tyler Toffoli to make it 5-1. That prompted Wings coach Jeff Blashill to pull Greiss.

Perreault notched his hat trick with 6:44 remaining after the Red Wings pulled their goalie.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Detroit   Montreal
Dylan Larkin 1 Points Mathieu Perreault 3
Dylan Larkin 1 Goals Mathieu Perreault 3
Moritz Seider 1 Assists Jonathan Drouin 2
Dylan Larkin 1 Power Play Goals Mike Hoffman 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Alex Nedeljkovic 1.000 Save Percentage Jake Allen .963
Thomas Greiss 12 Saves Jake Allen 26
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Detroit 27 1 1-3 3-4 8 25
Montreal 24 6 1-4 2-3 6 23
Upcoming Games
  • Montreal will play their next game on the road against Seattle. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .167 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Chicago. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .333 after a loss.