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DEVIL OF A TIME

Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 10:37 PM
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DEVIL OF A TIME
Montréal Canadiens 4, New Jersey Devils 3
Three Stars of the Game
David Desharnais
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 17:14
Patrik Elias
2nd
Patrik Elias
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:28
Michael Ryder
3rd
Michael Ryder
RW
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:11

NEWARK, N.J. (CP) - David Desharnais scored the tying goal with 37 seconds left in the third period and added a goal in the shootout and the Montreal Canadiens rallied for a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

Lars Eller also scored in third period and shootout for Montreal, which also beat the Devils in Montreal on Monday night.

Rookie Reid Boucher, making his NHL debut, scored for the Devils in the shootout, breaking a string of 20 straight missed chances by the Devils, who are 0-5 in shootouts this season.

Patrik Elias' unassisted goal at 18:54 had given the Devils a 3-2 edge, but Desharnais redirected a slap shot by Brian Gionta to score at 19:23 for Montreal and force overtime.

The teams combined for five goals in the third period.

The Devils led 2-1 before Eller scored on a backhand to tie the score at 2-2 at 16:10.

Andrei Loktionov and Michael Ryder each scored in the third period to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. Boucher assisted on Ryder's goal.

Gionta scored in the first period to give Montreal a 1-0 lead and goalie Peter Budaj made it hold until Loktionov scored 4:19 into the third period to tie it at 1-1.

Ryder's seventh goal off a pass from Boucher broke the tie at 9:50.

Loktionov received a pass from Marek Zidlicky before he spun inside and let loose a sailing shot past Budaj for a 1-1 tie. Ryder's shot beat Budaj to the far side.

Gionta scored at 10:36 of the first on a pinpoint pass from the outer edge of the left circle by Daniel Briere.

Gionta skated onto the puck at the crease and knocked it past Cory Schneider inside the far post. Seconds before Gionta's goal, Devils rookie defenceman Eric Gelinas had his shot at an open net bang off the right post.

Cam Janssen of the Devils and Brandon Prust of the Canadiens squared off in a fight 2:35 into the first period. Janssen had hit Alex Galchenyuk against the boards before he was challenged by Prust. Both received five-minute penalties for fighting. Montreal held a 13-9 shot advantage in the first.

Boucher, who played on a line with Elias and Steve Bernier, got off his first career shot in the opening seconds of the second period, a slap shot that Budaj saved.

The Devils pressed forward in the second period, and held a 10-7 shot advantage. Loktionov had a breakaway, but was stopped by Budaj. Budaj also made a save on Jaromir Jagr's shot with eight seconds to go.

SEE ALSO:
Game Highlights - Canadiens @ Devils
The Numbers Game – December 4, 2013
Canadiens Food Drive
Number Cruncher: Thinking fast and slow

scoring summary
1st Period
10:36
MTL
Brian Gionta (5) Tip-in - ASST: Daniel Briere (5), Tomas Plekanec (10)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:19
NJD
Andrei Loktionov (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky (11), Michael Ryder (5)
1 - 1 Tie
09:50
NJD
Michael Ryder (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Reid Boucher (1), Andrei Loktionov (4)
2 - 1 NJD
16:10
MTL
Lars Eller (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (12), Raphael Diaz (9)
2 - 2 Tie
18:54
NJD
Patrik Elias (6) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 2 NJD
19:23
MTL
David Desharnais (3) Tip-in - ASST: Brian Gionta (10)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDNJDMTLTOTAL
1R. Boucher
L. Eller
1 - 1
2T. Zajac
D. Desharnais
1 - 2
3P. Elias
1 - 2
penalty summary
1st Period
02:35
NJD
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
02:35
MTL
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
2nd Period
03:46
NJD
Dainius Zubrus  Holding against  Andrei Markov
12:11
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Interference against  Damien Brunner
3rd Period
06:07
NJD
Jaromir Jagr  Holding against  Tomas Plekanec
11:29
MTL
Brendan Gallagher  Hooking against  Reid Boucher
13:52
NJD
Damien Brunner  Hooking against  Tomas Plekanec
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 34TOI: 64:46
Saves: 31EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .912SH: 2 - 2
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
4-5-4
SA: 30TOI: 65:00
Saves: 27EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1