NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Montreal |
(Monday, March 1st)
Final Score: Montreal 2, New Jersey 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Jason Ward scored with just 24 seconds
remaining to lead the Montreal Canadiens to their fifth consecutive victory, a
dramatic 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at Bell Centre.
Richard Zednik also scored and Jose Theodore made 28 saves for the Canadiens,
who have now won six of their last seven overall and on their home ice.
Turner Stevenson scored the lone New Jersey goal in the loss, the Devils'
third straight. Martin Brodeur was solid in net with 37 saves, but New Jersey
was unable to win its fourth straight over the Canadiens.
Montreal had several chances to take the lead on the power play late in
regulation. They had a two-man advantage for 16 seconds, but Mike Ribeiro's
shot hit off the outside of the post. Brodeur then stoned several other
The Devils netminder, though, couldn't handle the constant pressure Montreal
was applying, as Ward notched the game-winner moments later with the Canadiens
still on a power play. After having his first shot from the slot denied, Ward
gathered the rebound to the right of Brodeur and backhanded the puck just
inside the left post with only 24 seconds remaining in the game.
"Maybe the penalties (in third period) were penalties, but there were also a
couple of calls there that could have gone our way," Devils coach Pat Burns
The goal was the just the third of the season for Ward.
"We found a way to win," he happily explained.
In the last game between the two clubs, New Jersey dominated the action during
a win on January 23 at the Meadowlands. In fact, the Canadiens recorded just
nine shots in the first two periods while falling behind 2-0, which ended up
being the final score.
Quite a contrast to the previous encounter, Montreal recorded seven of the
first eight shots in the game. Brodeur, though, was sharp while denying each
Canadien attempt. Overall Brodeur stopped 14 shots as the contest remained
scoreless after one period of play.
Jamie Langenbrunner had a great chance for the Devils early in the second
period, but his shot from the left circle rattled the crossbar.
Playing 4-on-4 minutes after Langenbrunner's opportunity, Montreal was able to
open the scoring when Zednik deflected a shot past Brodeur. Francis Bouillon
unleashed a rocket from the left point and Zednik was there to re-direct the
shot over Brodeur's glove at 4:38 of the middle period.
"It has been 14 games, so it's great to get out of this slump," Zednik said
after scoring his first goal in 15 games.
Just minutes later, Zednik's attempt for another tally clanked off the
crossbar and post before falling out of harms way, keeping the score at 1-0.
But the Devils would eventually tie the game when Stevenson scored at 7:58 of
the third period. Colin White took a slap shot from the right point that
Theodore stopped. However, he was unable to clear the rebound and the puck
slid into the slot. Stevenson was there to slide home the rebound for his 10th
goal of the season.
Montreal moved to within two points of the Devils for the sixth spot in the
Eastern Conference...Zednik's last goal was on January 29 against
Minnesota...The Devils have acquired forward Viktor Kozlov from the Florida
Panthers in exchange for forward Christian Berglund and defenseman Victor
Uchevatov earlier Monday. Kozlov has 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points in
48 games this season. He did not play in this contest...New Jersey also
played without defenseman Brian Rafalski due to a bruised knee suffered
during a loss Saturday to Toronto.
03/01 23:47:00 ET