Series (Game 1 of 1)

Montreal leads 1-0

Game 1: Thursday, October 17th
Red Wings2

Canadiens 3

(2-2-0, 4 pts)

Red Wings 2

(2-2-0, 4 pts)

8:00 PM ET, October 17, 2002

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 T
MTL 0 1 23
DET 1 0 12

Top Skaters

Montreal: A. Markov - 1 G, 3 SOG, +2

Detroit: B. Shanahan - 1 G, 5 SOG,

Canadiens pull away from Wings in third period

DETROIT (AP) -- The night began with a celebration and ended with a loss for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Brendan Shanahan

Veterans like Brendan Shanahan might not be back in Detroit next season.

Andreas Dackell, Saku Koivu and Andrei Markov scored as the Montreal Canadiens spoiled the Detroit Red Wings' home opener with a 3-2 victory Thursday night.

Detroit celebrated its 10th Stanley Cup -- and third in six years -- by raising a championship banner before playing Montreal, which has won an NHL-best 23 Cups.

"It was a very emotional moment,'' said Detroit coach Dave Lewis, who replaced the retired Scotty Bowman. "It brought back a lot of memories. It was very positive. Unfortunately, it didn't end the same way.''

Koivu was thrilled to beat Detroit in their only scheduled matchup.

"It's good that we only play them once because they're a tough team to beat,'' Koivu said. "To play them in their home opener when they were raising their banner was a challenge. I'm glad we were up to it. We did not play well in our last two games, so it was big for us to come here and do what we just did.''

The Red Wings got off to a great start with Brendan Shanahan's goal early in the first period.

But Montreal tied it on Dackell's goal early in the second, and then went ahead on Koivu's goal early in the third. Markov made it 3-1 at 9:52 of the third.

Pavel Datsyuk pulled the Red Wings within a goal with 6:23 remaining.

Montreal goalie Jeff Hackett stopped 30 shots in his first start in place of Jose Theodore, last season's Hart and Vezina Trophy winner.

Detroit's Curtis Joseph -- who replaced the retired Dominik Hasek -- stopped just 11 shots.

"The first (goal) got caught in my equipment,'' Joseph said. "The other two, I don't think I would've played them any different.''

In a 20-plus minute pregame ceremony, the Red Wings welcomed back Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history, and Hasek, who capped a spectacular career with his first Stanley Cup. Captain Steve Yzerman, who will miss the first few months of the season after having knee surgery, received the loudest ovation when he was introduced.

Yzerman said he still expects to return "early next year.''

"There's been no surprises or setbacks,'' said Yzerman, who is walking without a limp.

Shanahan's goal -- after a nice pass from rookie Henrik Zetterberg -- kept the crowd buzzing, but Dackell scored just 12 seconds into the second period.

Koivu beat Datsyuk to the front of the net at 6:40 of the third to give Montreal a 2-1 lead. During four-on-four play, Markov corralled a deflected shot and got behind Joseph for Montreal's third goal.

Datsyuk scored on a one-timer from between the circles after Luc Robitaille got the puck away from traffic along the boards.

The Red Wings got several good shots off in the waning moments, but Hackett turned them all away.

Sergei Fedorov didn't think it was an emotional challenge to play a meaningful game after celebrating last season's accomplishment.

"For me, it wasn't tough,'' he said. "It's not like it was something to make you cry before the game.''

Game notes

The Canadiens scored on two of their three third-period shots. ... Montreal made its first visit to Detroit since April 2, 2000. ... Detroit activated Boyd Devereaux and sent Stacy Roest to the minors on Thursday.

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