Canadiens finally win season premiere, crushing Red Wings – .

Canadiens finally win season premiere, crushing Red Wings – .

MONTREAL – After starting the season with a 0-5 record, the Montreal Canadiens notched their first victory on Saturday night. Mathieu Perreault had a hat trick and the reigning Stanley Cup finalists took a 6-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
It was an evening of premieres at the Bell Center. Perreault, Christian Dvorak and Mike Hoffman all scored their first goals in the Canadiens’ uniform. Defender Sami Niku also got his first points on his first start, ending the night with two assists.

Detroit goalie Thomas Greiss was retired in the second period after conceding five goals on 17 shots. Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all six shots in relief.

Montrealer Jake Allen repelled 26 of the 27 shots sent to him.

Montreal gave up a power play early in the first period and it wasn’t long before the Red Wings found the opening goal. Dylan Larkin beat Allen with a laser in the upper right corner of the net.

Ben Chiarot responded for the Habs with 5:50 left in the first period. The defenseman caught a cross pass from Jonathan Drouin and tied the score to one.

The Canadiens have scored two goals in a game for the first time this season when Hoffman opened his account in Montreal. On the power play, Hoffman’s low shot from the top of the right face-off circle proved too important for Greiss.

Montreal scored a third unanswered goal in the second period. Marc Staal of Detroit redirected a great streak of passing from the Canadiens into his own net. Dvorak was credited with the goal, his first in the Canadiens’ uniform.

Perreault added his first two goals for the Canadiens in just over two minutes. The Drummondville, Que., Native took advantage of a turnaround to lead the puck to net and beat Greiss for the fourth time at 7:45 of the second.

Perreault scored a second goal at 9:59, giving the Habs a 5-1 lead and forcing Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill to withdraw Griess in favor of Nedeljkovic.

Perreault ended his dream night with a goal 13:16 of the third for his third career hat trick.


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