Jonathan Drouin scored twice, Tomas Plekanec had a goal in his 1,000th game, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 7-3 Monday night.

Tomas Tatar, Brendan Gallagher, Charles Hudon and Paul Byron also scored for the Canadiens. With Carey Price still out with the flu, backup goalie Antti Niemi stopped 25 shots for his second consecutive victory.

Andreas Athanasiou had two goals and Thomas Vanek also scored for the rebuilding Wings, who are winless through six games (0-4-2) for their worst start in franchise history. Jimmy Howard gave up five goals on 20 shots before being replaced by Jonathan Bernier in the second period. Bernier finished with 13 saves.

Montreal Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec scores against Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Red Wings, who were coming off an 8-2 loss to Boston, have now allowed an NHL-worst 29 goals over six games.

Montreal has won six straight against Detroit dating back to March 2017.

Montreal Canadiens’ Tomas Tatar, left, celebrates with teammate Phillip Danault, right, after scoring against the Detroit Red Wings during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

After Drouin opened the scoring for Montreal on a penalty shot at 7:13 of the first, Plekanec made it 2-0 by shooting a puck on goal that Filip Hronek deflected past his own goalie at 16:56.

Athanasiou got one back for Detroit 28 seconds later before Tatar restored the two-goal lead by batting a puck in mid-air past Howard in the waning seconds of the first.

Montreal Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec (14) celebrates with teammate Matthew Peca after scoring against the Detroit Red Wings during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Gallagher got his third of the season at 3:52 of the second on a nice pass from Tatar. Hudon made it 5-1 less than a minute later.

Drouin, on the power play, scored his second of the game with just over 4 minutes remaining in the period as he shovelled a loose puck past a sprawled-out Bernier.

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is scored on by Montreal Canadiens’ Tomas Tatar, second from left, during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Athanasiou pulled the Red Wings to 6-2 at 7:30 and Vanek caught Niemi looking the wrong way on a wraparound at 10:11 for his first point of the season.

Byron added Montreal’s seventh goal of the game with 1:49 remaining.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Antti Niemi is scored on by Detroit Red Wings’ Thomas Vanek during third period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

NOTES: Plekanec became the 324th player in NHL history, and the 13th active, to reach the 1,000-game plateau. The crowd gave him a standing ovation in the first period. The Czech native is the 12th Canadiens player to reach the milestone. … Like Price, Andrew Shaw was sidelined with the flu.

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Montreal Canadiens’ Tomas Tatar (90) moves in on Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier during third period NHL hockey action in Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Red Wings: At Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

Canadiens: Host St. Louis on Wednesday night.

Montreal Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec throws a puck to fans following his 1000th NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Montreal, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Source: The Associated Press

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