Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Montreal catches Detroit sleeping, take first period 4-0

Jeff Halpern, Hal Gill

Montreal Canadiens left wing Travis Moen (32), rear, celebrates his goal with teammates center Jeff Halpern (15) and defenseman Hal Gill (75) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


If there are such things as “trap games” in the NHL, then that might just be happening as the Montreal Canadiens currently have a jaw-dropping 6-0 lead over the Detroit Red Wings.

Go ahead and get the inevitable jokes out of your system. The elderly Red Wings took advantage of the All-Star weekend’s early bird special. Or maybe go with a Tim Thomas joke: “Detroit decides that the 82-game season has grown as bloated as the federal government.”

To many, this is all about Detroit sleepwalking through the last game before the All-Star break, but Montreal is worthy of credit for sticking it to a great team. Enjoy highlights of a surprising 4-0 first period below: