DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings stared down a pair of two-goal deficits and an opponent on a mission to avoid a sweep.
The Montreal Canadiens owned the first period Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena, but the Wings stuck with it and tied the game in the third period.
Andreas Athanasiou scored twice to lift the Wings to a 4-3 victory. The Wings (15-43-4) finished the season series 4-0 against the Canadiens.
Athanasiou amended for coughing up the puck on Montreal's first goal by edging the Wings within a goal in the third period. Robby Fabbri scored in the second period to put the Wings within 2-1.
Mike Green earned his 500th career point when he made it 3-3 midway through the third period, picking up the puck from Anthony Mantha and scoring five-hole on Carey Price. That could help the Wings in the bigger picture, as Green is a candidate to be traded by Monday's deadline.
Athanasiou scored again with 5:15 to play. Tyler Bertuzzi worked the puck to the net before slipping it to Athanasiou, who picked up his 10th goal of the season.
Mantha and Dylan Larkin also assisted on Fabbri's goal.
The Canadiens directed three shots toward Jonathan Bernier in the opening minute. They earned a 1-0 lead at 6:59 when Paul Byron stole the puck off Athanasiou and passed to Nick Cousins. Nate Thompson finished Cousins' pass with ease, as neither player had a defender near him.
The Habs went up, 2-0, while Gustav Lindstrom served a holding penalty. Jeff Petry got the puck from Nick Suzuki and wound up for a slap shot from just inside the blue line, firing the puck through traffic. The Wings managed just four shots on net in the period.
Fabbri had been going through his quietest stretch production since being acquired via trade Nov. 6, but found the back of the net for the first time in 10 games when he scored in the second period. Fabbri ripped a shot that sank behind Carey Price, picking up his 13th goal of the season. The Canadiens restored their two-goal cushion while Lindstrom served his second penalty of the game, with Suzuki scoring from the right circle. Ex-Wing Tomas Tatar picked up the second assist.
FIlip Hronek, who averages a team-high 23:42 minutes per game and leads team defensemen with nine goals, 20 assists and 29 points, missed the game. He was hit in the head by a puck during Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, and is listed as day to day.
Veteran Trevor Daley, who left Saturday's game with an upper-body injury, returned to the lineup.
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