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Gionta Scores 2 as Canadiens beat Red Wings, 5-3

April 6, 2014

MONTREAL (AP) — Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the game late in the third period to give the surging Montreal Canadiens a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Michael Bournival, Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal, while Carey Price made 34 saves. The Canadiens are now 10-2-0 in its last 12 games and remain in second place in the Atlantic, four points clear of division-rival Tampa Bay, which lost 5-2 to Dallas.

Pavel Datsyuk, Luke Glendening and Niklas Kronwall scored for Detroit, which lost for the first time in five games. Jonas Gustavsson stopped 19 shots.

With the score tied 3-all, Gionta was credited with his second goal of the game when his shot, which was initially saved by Gustavsson, bounced off defenseman Brian Lashoff’s skate and into the net. Galchenyuk added a fifth for the Canadiens two minutes later.

With Montreal up 3-0 going into the third, Detroit made a game of it with two goals in 36 seconds. Datsyuk scored his 16th of the year at 5:11 on the power play, and Glendening reduced the deficit again at 5:47 on a soft backhand shot.

Kronwall tied it up for Detroit midway through the period, beating Price with a slap shot from the point on the man advantage.

Despite the loss, the Red Wings are holding on to the first of two wild-card spots in the East.

At New York, Robin Lehner made 41 saves and held off a furious late push by New York to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory that prevented the Rangers from clinching an Eastern Conference playoff berth.

The Rangers needed only one point to secure a postseason spot for the fourth straight year, but were shut down by the Senators, who hold only faint playoff chances.

Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad scored in the first, and Jason Spezza made it 3-1 in the second for Ottawa.

Mats Zuccarello deflected in two goals in the middle period to bring the Rangers within a goal each time. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in the loss.

Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist to leading the Dallas Stars in a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tyler Seguin had his team-leading 35th goal, and Vernon Fiddler and Antoine Roussel also scored for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots.

Cody McCormick had a goal and an assist and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 20 shots he faced as the Minnesota Wild beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 and Dainus Zubrus scored two goals in the New Jersey Devils 3-1 win at the Carolina Hurricanes.

In other games, the Colorado Avalanche thrashed the St. Louis Blues 4-0, the Winnipeg Jets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 and the Washington Capitals won 4-3 in a shootout at the New York Islanders.

The Vancouver Canucks edged the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 and the Nashville Predators had a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

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