NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Montreal|
(Sunday, February 6th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice and Johan Hedberg
made 14 saves in place of an injured Martin Brodeur, helping the New Jersey
Devils record a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Brodeur started in net and stopped 11 shots through the first period, but
suffered an apparent knee injury while dropping to the ice as he moved into
position to make a save. Hedberg took over in net at the start of the second
Travis Zajac totaled a goal and two assists for the Devils, who rebounded from
Friday's overtime loss to Florida.
"We played really well," Kovalchuk said. "We moved the puck well, and the
(defense) helped us offensively."
Carey Price allowed three goals on 29 shots for the Canadiens, who had won
three in a row. P.K. Subban scored Montreal's lone goal.
The Devils took control by scoring two early goals. Dainius Zubrus got them on
the board thanks to a turnover behind the Montreal net. Patrik Elias poked the
puck away from Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill, and Zubrus gained control before
sending a backhand by Price at 1:12.
Kovalchuk tipped in Colin White's point blast at 4:04 to make it a 2-0 game.
New Jersey increased its lead at the 3:16 mark of the second period, when
Zajac wristed in a loose puck.
A little more than three minutes later, Subban blasted in a slap shot from the
point during a Montreal counter-rush.
But that was the only goal Hedberg gave up, and he stopped all 10 shots he
faced in the third period. Kovalchuk scored on an empty net with 1:21 to play,
though appeared to merely hit the right goalpost as Subban hooked him from
behind. It was ruled a goal and secured the Devils' win.
"I could have easily let him go and not hook him," Subban said. "I don't know.
If that's the call, that's the call. I was just trying to get back and not
quit on the play."
New Jersey has won two of the three matchups between the clubs so far this
season...Kovalchuk has recorded at least one point in every game in
February...Price had stopped 64-of-66 shots over his last two starts, both
02/06 18:30:06 ET