The final game before the All-Star Break provided a shock as the struggling Montreal Canadiens crushed the NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings 7-2 to end the visitors’ seven-game winning streak on Wednesday.
The Canadiens (19-21-9) wasted little time tearing into the previously red-hot Red Wings (33-16-1) with four goals in the first period and another two unanswered tallies in the second to open a stunning 6-0 advantage.
The Red Wings appeared totally unprepared for the outcome.
Detroit’s Jiri Hudler scored a pair of goals in the third to help his team avoid a humiliating shutout.
However, Erik Cole added to Montreal’s final score with less than two minutes left to punctuate the unlikeliest of scorelines heading into Sunday’s All-Star Game.
While the Canadiens are currently well adrift in the Eastern Conference playoff race, they took advantage of a Red Wings team that has been dominant at home, but average on the road, posting a 13-14-0 record.
Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard was withdrawn after being ambushed in the first period and Ty Conklin came on to allow the rest of the goals.