MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens ended their season-opening five-game losing streak with a 6-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Bell Centre on Saturday.
Mathieu Perreault got his third NHL hat trick, Christian Dvorak and Ben Chiarot each had a goal and an assist, and Jake Allen made 26 saves for the Canadiens (1-5-0), whose losing streak was their longest to start a season since 1995-96.
Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings (2-2-1), who were without leading scorer Tyler Bertuzzi, who is unvaccinated against COVID-19. Thomas Greiss allowed five goals on 17 shots before being replaced by Alex Nedeljkovic, who made six saves.
Larkin gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 5:25 of the first period.
Chiarot tied it 1-1 at 14:10 of the first, shooting glove side on Greiss from the left circle after receiving a cross-ice pass from Jonathan Drouin.
Mike Hoffman scored his first goal with Montreal on a power play at 16:15 to to make it 2-1.
Dvorak then scored his first goal with the Canadiens to extend the lead to 3-1 at 3:17 of the second period. Skating in on a 4-on-2 rush, Dvorak took a pass from Sami Niku and scored when his pass for Josh Anderson redirected in off the skate of Marc Staal.
Perreault joined Hoffman and Dvorak by scoring his first with the Canadiens to push the lead to 4-1 at 7:45. He then chased Greiss following his second goal at 9:59 that made it 5-1.
Perreault completed the hat trick by shooting into an empty net at 13:16 of the third for the 6-1 final.