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10-20-2003, 05:09 PM
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MONTREAL (AP) --
Steve Begin and Richard Zednik each scored a goal off nifty passing plays and backup goalie Mathieu Garon made 18 saves to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
Begin scored his first Montreal goal on a two-man break 1:44 into the second period, and Zednik got his second of the season moments on a two-on-one moments later.
Garon, making his first start of the season, came up with a pair of big stops on Brett Hull and a fine glove save on Brendan Shanahan's point shot despite facing just four shots in the first period.
Mathieu Dandenault scored a short-handed goal for Detroit, which has lost two in a row after winning its first three.
Red Wings goalie Curtis Joseph, on the trading block since Detroit reacquired Dominik Hasek, was assigned to Grand Rapids of the AHL prior to the game.
Red Wings spokesman John Hahn said Joseph needs conditioning as he recovers from an operation in August to remove bone chips from his right ankle.
"(Derek) Jeter went down to take some hits after his shoulder injury and he's a pretty good player," Joseph said before the move was made.
Wearing retro uniforms from the 1945-46 season, Montreal improved to 4-2. The uniform features a white-based sweater that resembles a photographic negative of the team's famous red, white and blue jersey.
Garon got help in keeping Detroit scoreless through the first when Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios' shot struck the crossbar late in the period.
The Canadiens took the lead early in the second as Jason Ward and Begin drove in alone. Ward passed to Begin, who beat Hasek for his first goal in three games with Montreal.
Zednik made it 2-0 6:02 into the period when he finished off a give-and-go passing play with Mike Ribeiro.
Henrik Zetterberg set up Detroit's goal 8:25 into the second, setting up Dandenault from the right side while the Red Wings were killing Montreal's second power-play of the game.
Canadiens rookie Michael Ryder hit the post late in the third and
(what a blockbuster trade, eh)
Hossa missed his shot on a two-on-one on a Montreal power play.
G Manny Legace backed up Hasek for the fifth straight game. ... Zetterberg scored Detroit's other short-handed goal this season. ... The Canadiens will wear the retro uniforms -- the team's first version of a white uniform -- five more times at home this season. ... Montreal and Detroit have never had third jerseys.
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