NHL Game Summary - Montreal at New Jersey|
(Wednesday, February 14th)
Final Score: New Jersey 5, Montreal 2
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias had a goal and two
assists to help the New Jersey Devils to a 5-2 victory over the Montreal
Canadiens at Continental Airlines Arena.
Brian Rafalski had two goals while Zach Parise also scored for the Devils, who
have won five of their last six games.
Martin Brodeur made 19 saves in the win for New Jersey, which has won its last
eight games against Montreal.
"We were disciplined and we took advantage of some penalties they took," said
Brodeur. "It was a nice win."
Sheldon Souray and Sergei Samsonov each had a goal for the Canadiens, who have
dropped their fifth straight game.
"The hookings and penalties that were getting when we're not working are
costing us," said Souray. "For a team like us that doesn't have a lot of
toughness we seem to take a lot of penalties. We have to talk about that and
get a lot better at it cause it's costing us games."
Cristobal Huet started in net, but left in the second period with an
undisclosed injury. He finished the game stopping 17-of-20 shots. David
Aebischer finished the game and made 19 saves.
Montreal grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period when Souray picked up a
clearing attempt in the high slot and blasted a shot under the glove of
Brodeur with 4:14 left in the frame.
Huet stopped all nine shots he faced in the opening 20 minutes.
The Devils used their power play effectively in the second period and scored
three times with the advantage to take a 3-1 lead.
Skating 5-on-3, Rafalski got New Jersey on the board when he accepted a feed
in the high slot from Elias and one-timed it between the pads of Huet just
Exactly one minute later, Parise snapped a wrist shot from the low right side
that went into the right corner of the net to give New Jersey the lead.
With 6:49 to play in the second, Rafalski scored his second goal of the game
when his slap shot from the top of the right circle went under the pad of
Huet was hurt on the goal as he fell to the ice and had to be helped into the
"I extended my legs and I heard something, I couldn't finish the game," said
The Canadiens got one back with 2:50 left in the second when Samsonov blasted
a shot from the top of the right circle that went under the left pad of
Brodeur to make it a 3-2 game.
New Jersey gave itself some insurance in the third period when Elias banged in
a rebound in front of the net for a 4-2 edge with 9:16 to play in the third.
Sergei Brylin scored an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal the
victory for the Devils.
New Jersey center John Madden and defenseman Colin White sat out the game.
Madden has a swollen face due to getting hit under the right eye with the puck
during Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. White is suffering from an upper body
injury...Montreal hosts Carolina on Saturday...New Jersey's Erik Rasmussen was
awarded a penalty shot with 3:12 to play, but Aebischer made a stick save on
Rasmussen's wrist shot...New Jersey hosts the Penguins on Friday...Brodeur won
his 35th game of the season, the 10th consecutive season he has reached that
mark. He has played in 55 of New Jersey's 57 games this season.
02/14 23:00:46 ET