MONTREAL (AP) — Mathieu Perreault had a hat trick and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 on Saturday night to end their season-opening losing streak at five.
Perreault, Christian Dvorak and Mike Hoffman all scored their first goals in Canadiens uniforms.
Defenseman Sami Niku also earned his first points in his first start, finishing with two assists.
Jake Allen made 26 saves for Montreal.
Detroit goalie Thomas Greiss was pulled in the second period after conceding five goals on 17 shots.
Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all six shots in relief.