By Dave Hart

Red Wings 4, Canadiens 3 – The Red Wings held on to defeat the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

LSJ Logo incertDetroit led 4-0 after two periods, but allowed three goals during the final stanza before hanging on for the victory.

Rookie Anthony Mantha picked up the game-winning goal for the Red Wings, his first tally of his National Hockey League career.

The Red Wings were led by Riley Sheahan with two goals while Mike Green, Darren Helm and Brendan Smith each chipped in with twoEye on the D assists.

Detroit’s goaltender Petr Mrazek pick up the win, stopping 26 of 29 shots.

The Red Wings are now 37-26-11 on the season, good for 85 points and fourth place in the Atlantic Division. They are two points ahead Philadelphia for the final playoff spot with eight games remaining.

Detroit will host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon.

Record: 37-26-11   85 pts

4th Place in Atlantic Division (6 pts behind Florida)

8th Place in Eastern Conference (24 pts behind Washington)

2 points ahead of Philadelphia for the last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch 25th straight playoff berth: 16 pts

Magic # to clinch Atlantic Division title: 23 pts

Misery # towards elimination from a playoff berth: 19 pts

Misery # towards elimination from Atlantic Division title: 9 pts

Eliminated from Eastern Conference title contention

Next Game: 03/26/2016 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 2:00 p.m. @ Joe Louis Arena

Stats: Goals- Riley Sheahan 2 (11), Luke Glendening (7), Anthony Mantha (1). Assists- Mike Green 2 (26), Darren Helm 2 (13), Brendan Smith 2 (12), Andreas Anthanasiou (5), Brad Richards (15). Goaltender- Petr Mrazek W (27-15-6) 26 saves on 29 shots.