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Detroit’s Darren Helm tries to skate around Montreal’s Andrei Markov during the second period of the Red Wings’ 4-1 victory Friday.
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Detroit tops Montreal for rare home win streak

– Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Kronwall and Gustav Nyquist each had a goal and an assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings past the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 Friday night.

Riley Sheahan also scored for Detroit, which won its second straight at home for the first time since October.

Jonas Gustavsson made 30 saves.

Brendan Gallagher scored for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 22 shots.

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.

Nyquist added his eighth goal with 1:19 remaining in the game.

Gallagher put the Canadiens on the board with a power-play goal with 7:24 left in the second period. He jammed one past Gustavsson after carrying the puck from the side of the net to the crease for his 13th goal.

Sheahan made it 2-0 Detroit with 8:12 remaining in the second. He beat Price with a snap shot from the top of the left circle for his second goal.

Gustavsson made a nice save on Louis Leblanc’s backhand from the bottom of the left circle with 3:07 remaining in the first.

Zetterberg opened the scoring with 7:33 left in the first period. With the Red Wings on a 5-on-3 power play, he put in a one-time slap shot from the high slot for his 16th goal.

Gustavsson stopped the Tomas Plekanec on a short-handed breakaway with about 8:50 left in the opening period.

DEVILS 2, CAPITALS 1: In Newark, N.J., Jaromir Jagr set up two goals and tied former teammate Mario Lemiuex for 10th on the NHL’s career assists list as New Jersey handed Washington its seventh straight loss.

Stephen Gionta and Adam Henrique scored and Cory Schneider continue his stellar play in net, stopping 30 shots to give New Jersey its second straight win and points in eight of nine games.

The two assists for the 41-year-old Jagr gave him 1,033 in his 20-year NHL career. He is only seven behind Marcel Dionne for the ninth.

Jason Chimera scored for the Capitals, whose seven-game slide is their longest since late 2010. This was the second game they played without All-Star Alex Ovechkin, out with a lower-body injury.

Washington, which was starting a season-high five game road trip, has now lost 13 of 16, and it has scored eight goals during the current losing streak.

AVALANCHE 3, PANTHERS 2: In Sunrise, Fla., Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist to lift Colorado.

Jamie McGinn and Paul Stastny also scored for the Avalanche, and Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves.

Colorado won for the fifth time in six games.

Tom Gilbert and Scottie Upshall scored for Florida. Tim Thomas stopped 22 shots. The Panthers lost for the first time in three games.

The Panthers made it 3-1 on Upshall’s goal at 5:18 of the third. Tomas Fleischmann swept the puck from behind the net to Upshall in the crease. Upshall pushed the puck past Varlamov’s right leg and into the net for his 100th career goal.

Tom Gilbert’s slap shot with 1:43 left in the game from the point deflected off Upshall’s foot and past Varlamov, who was screened on the play, and made the score 3-2.

O’Reilly’s rebound of a Matt Duchene wraparound attempt made it 1-0 1:34 in.

Colorado took a 2-0 lead on Stastny’s goal at 16:13 of the first.

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