The Montreal Canadiens went into the All-Star break with a blowout victory. The Detroit Red Wings played as though they started their vacation early.
David Desharnais had two goals and an assist, and Montreal ended Detroit's seven-game winning streak with a 7-2 victory over the Red Wings on Wednesday night in the NHL's final game before the break.
Alexei Emelin scored his first NHL goal, and the Canadiens scored four times in the opening period against Jimmy Howard, who will make his first All-Star appearance on Sunday in Ottawa.
The Canadiens put their first two shots of the second period past backup goalie Ty Conklin, who took over for Howard after the opening 20 minutes.
''I'm not going to watch any video of this, at all,'' Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. ''I'm going to have a drink. Actually, it is what I'm going to do.''
Rene Bourque, Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole each had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Plekanec also sco...