Wings fall to Canadiens 6-3 as skid continues
The Red Wings are now winless in six games (0-3-3).
After a strong first period, Detroit self-destructed in the final two periods and dropped a 6-3 decision to the Montreal Canadiens at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night.
"Stupid hockey. Just craziness. Too many easy goals," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "Absolutely crazy easy goals."
To make things worse, Montreal was playing the second of back-to-back games. The Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in Montreal Wednesday night.
"Not enough guys with that real crazy commitment to win,” Blashill said.
It is the Wings second six-game winless streak of the season. The first came Oct. 16-26, when they were 0-5-1.
Also, the Red Wings are only 4-5-4 at home.
“Individually, everyone’s got to look at themselves in the mirror and be better, win more battles," Justin Abdelkader said. "We had the lead going into the second period and self-destruct a bit, turned some pucks over."
Anthony Mantha had a goal and an assist and Tomas Tatar and Frans Nielsen also scored. Jimmy Howard made 19 saves.
Brendan Gallagher had two goals and an assist for Montreal, and defenseman Jeff Petry, who is from Ann Arbor and grew up in Farmington Hills, was one of three Canadiens with two assists. Carey price made 28 saves for Montreal.
Gallagher's first goal gave Montreal a 1-0 lead 4:10 into the game on the power play.
Mantha tied it for Detroit 1:04 later with his 12th goal. Tatar's power-play goal with 4:17 left in the first period gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead.
But the Canadiens scored three goals in the second period to take a 4-2 lead and added two more in the third.
The two teams play again on Saturday night when the Wings visit the Bell Centre in Montreal.
"One-hundred percent critical part of the season," Blashill said. "One hundred percent we better start winning games."
Trevor Daley returned after missing two games with a neck stinger. ... Martin Frk didn't play because of a groin injury. ... Scott Wilson was a healthy scratch.