MONTREAL – 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 their last 12 games.
Pavel Datsyuk, Luke Glendening and Niklas Kronwall scored for Detroit, which snapped a four-game win streak. Jonas Gustavsson stopped 19 shots.
With the score tied at 3, 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.
Montreal remained in second place in the Atlantic, four points clear of division-rival Tampa Bay, which lost on Saturday.
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 for Detroit midway through the period, beating Price with a slap shot.
Despite the loss, the Red Wings hold the first of two wild-card spots in the East.
BRUINS 5, FLYERS 2: In Boston, Johnny Boychuk scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:06 left in the third period, Milan Lucic had two goals and Boston clinched the Eastern Conference’s best record.
CAPITALS 4, ISLANDERS 3, SO: In Uniondale, N.Y., Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the only goal in the shootout to help keep Washington’s playoff hopes alive.
AVALANCHE 4, BLUES 0: In St. Louis, Semyon Varlamov tied the franchise single-season record for goalie wins (40) held by Colorado coach Patrick Roy, and Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists in his hometown in a penalty-filled victory.
SENATORS 3, RANGERS 2: In New York, Robin Lehner made 41 saves and held off a furious late push by New York that prevented Rangers from clinching an Eastern Conference playoff berth.
WILD 4, PENGUINS 0: In St. Paul, Minn., Cody McCormick had a goal and an assist, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 20 shots he faced and Minnesota maintained a five-point cushion over Dallas for the seventh playoff spot in the Western Conference.
DEVILS 3, HURRICANES 1: In Raleigh, N.C., Dainus Zubrus scored two goals and New Jersey earned a point in its seventh straight game.
STARS 5, LIGHTNING 2: In Tampa, Fla., Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist to lead Dallas.
JETS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2: In Toronto, Tobias Enstrom scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period for Winnipeg.