The Associated Press MONTREAL (AP) — It was only two weeks ago the Montreal Canadiens looked to be in a downward spiral.
They had gone five games without a win and only scored seven goals in that stretch.
All that changed when star goalie Carey Price returned.
Paul Byron got his first career hat trick, Alex Galchenyuk had a career-best four assists and the Canadiens beat the slumping Detroit Red Wings 10-1 Saturday for their fifth straight win.
Nicolas Deslauriers, Jacob de la Rose and Daniel Carr each scored for the first time this season, and Charles Hudon, Brendan Gallagher, Jordie Benn and Andrew Shaw also scored. Montreal was coming off a 6-3 win against Detroit on Thursday night.
“I don’t think anyone was ever too worried,” Byron said. “This group works way too hard not to be rewarded.
“You’re not going to score 10 every night,” he added, “but if we focus on not giving up goals, with Carey in net, I think we have a chance to win every time we play.”
Price made 22 saves and is 5-0 since returning from a 10-game absence for a lower-body injury.
Luke Glendening scored for the Red Wings, who have lost seven straight, their longest skid since November of 2013.
“Today was just embarrassing,” Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “I don’t know another word to describe it.”
Byron and Deslauriers each scored within a 32-second span in the first period.