NHL Game Summary - Montreal at New Jersey
(Friday, January 2nd)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Montreal 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner both registered a goal and an assist, as the New Jersey Devils downed the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, at the Prudential Center.
Brian Gionta and John Madden also scored for the Devils, who have won three of their last four games. Scott Clemmensen made 33 saves to earn his 14th win of the season.
Max Pacioretty made his NHL debut and notched his first career goal for the Canadiens, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. Jaroslav Halak was lifted at the outset of the third period after he allowed three goals on 22 shots. Former first-rounder Marc Denis, making his Montreal debut, turned aside six shots over the final 20 minutes.
After Gionta opened the scoring 14:21 into the first period, Pacioretty, Montreal's second pick (22nd overall) in the 2007 draft, evened things up at 16:30 before New Jersey regained the lead 1:55 later on Parise's team-leading 22nd goal of the season.
John Madden lit the lamp with 8:49 remaining in the middle stanza and Clemmensen stopped 10 shots in the frame to make the two-goal advantage stand up.
Langenbrunner added a tally in the third period.
New Jersey is 12-7-1 at home this season, while the Canadiens have a 10-6-2 road record...The Devils have won 11 of the last 14 meetings against the Habs.
01/02 21:49:13 ET