Canadiens’ Andrew Shaw beats Wings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier for his third goal of the game Tuesday night in Detroit.
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DETROIT — “I’m just lucky I have two good guys on my line.”That was Andrew Shaw speaking after his first NHL hat trick helped the Canadiens to an 8-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arana Tuesday night.Coach Claude Julien did a little line juggling for this game and Shaw was on a line with Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin. They were instrumental in racking up a season-high eight goals, with Domi contributing two goals and three assists for his first five-point night, while Drouin had four assists.“Max and Jo have the capability to make plays, win puck battles and put themselves in a position to score and I just need to go to the net and create some space for them,” Shaw said. “They’re two fun guys to play with.”Shaw said the Canadiens were frustrated after dropping a 2-1 decision to the New Jersey Devils Monday night.“We weren’t skating, we weren’t winning our puck battles,” Shaw said. “We got some life when (Paul Byron) scored in the third period, but we couldn’t finish. We brought that frustration into tonight’s game.”This is Shaw’s third season with the Canadiens and he has put up his best numbers — 16 goals and 33 points — despite missing 19 games with a variety of injuries.“I’m doing what makes me me,” Shaw said. “Sometimes, you get away from the things that you make you successful. I try to put the right things into my body, I’m competing, making sure I’m healthy and never stop working.”“The thing with (Shaw) is to stay healthy,” Julien said. “He’s a dangerous guy around the goal area. He has a knack of finding the puck and scoring big goals. It’s nice to see a guy like that get a hat trick for all the time he’s been beaten up in front the net. It’s a nice reward for him.”Domi has been the Canadiens’ leading scorer all season and he has five goals and five assists in the last six games.“Domes going back to the beginning of the year,” Julien said, “for the first month, he was our best player and it’s good to see him go back to that.”Former Red Wing Tomas Tatar scored the only goal in the first period to get the Canadiens rolling.“We did the right thing, we put them on their heels,” said Tatar, who fought off defenceman Filip Hronek to score his 22nd goal of the season.“I saw (Jordie Benn) get the puck and I skated out of the zone and beat the defenceman,” Tatar said. “There was kind of a battle for the puck and I got it. He had my stick, but I managed to get it free and I scored. We were going for the first goal. It’s important when you’re playing a back-to-back and after that, we took it over.”“Tonight, we skated. We made a few line changes,” Julien said. “We had a good meeting about trying to turn the corner. Every team goes into some slumps during the year and we had to get out of here (with two points) because it’s that time of the season. Tonight, we played the way we know we can. We made good decisions and, as the game went on, I saw guys playing better.”All of the Montreal goals were scored at even strength, which isn’t surprising when you consider the Canadiens didn’t have a single power play. Detroit came up empty on five opportunities with the man advantage. One of the Detroit power plays came after Andreas Athanasiou delivered a performance worth of an Oscar. He dove and held his face as if he had been the victim of a high stick, but a replay showed that Artturi Lehkonen hit him on the back of his firstname.lastname@example.org/zababes1Related