for this game

Devils spoil Canadiens' bid for perfect road trip

Jan 3, 2009 - 5:26 AM
NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Despite being undermanned, the Montreal Canadiens came to New Jersey with hopes of completing their four-game road trip with an unblemished mark. Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner had a different plan.

Parise and Langenbrunner each notched a goal and an assist as the New Jersey Devils skated to a 4-1 triumph Friday over the injury-riddled Canadiens.

John Madden ended a 24-game goalless drought and Brian Gionta also scored for the Devils, who halted a two-game home skid.

"We didn't play well the last two games, but we wanted to get back on track tonight," Gionta said. "We've got a couple of games left at home before we go on a long road trip, so we've got to make sure we get rolling."

Making his 10th consecutive start, Scott Clemmensen made 33 saves for New Jersey, which had lost three of five. The netminder was aided by the Devils' penalty-killing unit, which successfully killed all four of the Canadiens' power plays.

"They've got a very good power play, and I think our penalty-killing's been doing a very good job as of late," Clemmensen said. "I take pride in that stat there. I trust those guys."

Max Pacioretty tallied in his NHL debut for the Canadiens, who went 3-1-0 on their trek.

"Obviously, when you play a team like that that likes to close the play when they have a lead, giving them three goals is really hard," Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said. "I'm sure we wish we had a few back, but it's too late now. We haven't been able to finish like we were last year, but when that team is up by one or two goals, it's really hard to come back on them."

Montreal played without Alex Tanguay and netminder Carey Price, who joined captain Saku Koivu, Chris Higgins and defenseman Mathieu Dandenault on the sidelines with shoulder and lower body injuries, respectively.

"We have a lot of young guys that don't have a lot of experience, so it puts a lot of pressure on the other guys to do a little bit better," Carbonneau said.

Winners of five of their previous six games (5-0-1), the Canadiens fell behind in this one as Gionta beat goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the stick side with a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle with 5:39 remaining in the first period.

"We had kind of a 4-on-2 kind of broken with two backcheckers, so I looked in the middle," Gionta said. "(No one) was there, so I just tried to find a spot on net."

The goal was the first in seven games for Gionta.

Drafted 22nd overall in 2007, Pacioretty evened the contest just over two minutes later. After receiving a chip pass off the right wing boards from Kyle Chipchura, the 20-year-old native of New Canaan, Connecticut unleashed a wrist shot from the faceoff circle that beat Clemmensen high to the glove side for his first career tally.

"I think it actually bounced over (Clemmensen's) stick, so I got a lucky break," Pacioretty said. "Luckily, I was able to capitalize on it. I kind of just put my head down and shot it, and I saw Kyle with his hands up, so I knew.

"It's one of those feelings you can't really forget, but you don't really know what's going on."

Parise put the Devils in front for good with 95 seconds to go in the first. From low in the right circle, Parise showed pass before firing the puck between the pads of Halak for his fourth goal in as many games and a 2-1 advantage.

"They turned it over there in the neutral zone, and Jamie and I ended up with a 2-on-1," Parise said. "I was trying to sell the pass, try and get the D and the goalie thinking pass, and I just shot five-hole on them."

Madden, who had not scored since October 22 against Dallas, doubled the lead with 8:49 left in the middle period, skating down the right wing and wristing a shot that beat Halak high to the glove side.

"It's a good feeling," Madden said of ending his drought. "It's good to get that out of the way."

"He's been playing pretty well and some things just weren't going well for him offensively," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "I don't look at John Madden as a goal-scorer, I look at him as someone who's got to be responsible in three zones on the ice. Tonight, he was rewarded by scoring a goal, and I'm happy for him."

Langenbrunner capped the scoring with his first tally in 11 contests. Parise made a backhand pass from behind the net to the captain, whose wrister from the slot sneaked inside the right goalpost with 6:49 to go in the third.

"It's been a while, so it felt pretty good," Langenbrunner said. "I thought we did a lot of good things tonight and created some good stuff, and we were able to score a couple, so that was good."

Halak made 19 saves over two periods before being replaced by Marc Denis, who yielded one goal on seven shots in the third.

"He was obviously struggling a little bit finding the puck, especially on the long shots," Langenbrunner said of Halak. "A few of them were definitely adventures."

"He wasn't sick, he wasn't hurt," Carbonneau said. "It was just one of those off-nights you'd like to get back. We can always blame him, but we still gave Jersey odd-man rushes when they scored those goals. We still have to play better defense."






  • 15
    roots
    Silversword55 Added 5 roots

    Canadiens 1, Devils 4  FinalJan 2 11:00 PM


  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 1 0 0 1
    NEW JERSEY 2 1 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 10 (PATRIK ELIAS, MIKE MOTTAU) 14:21
    MON - MAX PACIORETTY 1 (KYLE CHIPCHURA, JOSH GORGES) 16:30
    NJD - ZACH PARISE 22 (JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER, TRAVIS ZAJAC)
    18:25
    2ND PRD: NJD - JOHN MADDEN 4 (JAY PAND

    Jan 2 9:25 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 1
    NEW JERSEY 4
    3RD PRD: NJD - JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER 6 (ZACH PARISE, BRYCE SALVADOR)
    13:11

    Canadiens 1, Devils 4  3rd - 6:49Jan 2 9:17 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 1 0 1
    NEW JERSEY 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 10 (PATRIK ELIAS, MIKE MOTTAU) 14:21
    MON - MAX PACIORETTY 1 (KYLE CHIPCHURA, JOSH GORGES) 16:30
    NJD - ZACH PARISE 22 (JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER, TRAVIS ZAJAC)
    18:25
    2ND PRD: NJD - JOHN MADDE

    Jan 2 8:34 PM
  • 10
    roots
    #1 Cards Fan Added 10 roots

    Canadiens 1, Devils 3  2nd - 12:07Jan 2 8:25 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 1
    NEW JERSEY 3
    2ND PRD: NJD - JOHN MADDEN 4 (JAY PANDOLFO, ANDREW GREENE) 7:53

    Canadiens 1, Devils 3  2nd - 12:07Jan 2 8:20 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 1 1
    NEW JERSEY 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 10 (PATRIK ELIAS, MIKE MOTTAU) 14:21
    MON - MAX PACIORETTY 1 (KYLE CHIPCHURA, JOSH GORGES) 16:30
    NJD - ZACH PARISE 22 (JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER, TRAVIS ZAJAC)
    18:25
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST

    Jan 2 7:45 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 1
    NEW JERSEY 2
    1ST PRD: NJD - ZACH PARISE 22 (JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER, TRAVIS ZAJAC)
    18:25

    Canadiens 1, Devils 2  1st - 1:35Jan 2 7:43 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 1
    NEW JERSEY 1
    1ST PRD: MON - MAX PACIORETTY 1 (KYLE CHIPCHURA, JOSH GORGES) 16:30

    Canadiens 1, Devils 1  1st - 3:30Jan 2 7:42 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 0
    NEW JERSEY 1
    1ST PRD: NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 10 (PATRIK ELIAS, MIKE MOTTAU) 14:21

    Canadiens 0, Devils 1  1st - 5:39Jan 2 7:33 PM