New Jersey 5, Montreal 3

Saturday, December 17, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Jersey 18-13-0-1 7-5-0-1 11-8-0-0 W4
Montreal 13-13-2-5 5-7-2-4 8-6-0-1 L2


Patrik Elias tallied twice to become the New Jersey Devils' franchise-leading goal scorer and spoil Randy Cunneyworth's debut as the interim coach of the Montreal Canadiens with a 5-3 road triumph over Saturday.
Cunneyworth replaced Jacques Martin, who was fired after 2 1/2 seasons as coach of the Canadiens on Saturday morning.
Petr Sykora and Dainius Zubrus collected a goal and an assist apiece and Montreal native Martin Brodeur turned aside 23 shots for New Jersey, which has won a season-high four in a row and seven straight at the Bell Centre.
With the game tied at 3-3, Canadiens defenseman Chris Campoli lost the puck to veteran Petr Sykora, who alertly fed Elias on the doorstep for his 13th goal of the season and 348th career.
Elias had pulled into a tie with John MacLean for the honor at 5:05 into the second period. Ilya Kovalchuk's centering feed found Elias on the doorstep for an easy tap-in to give New Jersey a 2-1 advantage.
Zubrus gave New Jersey a 5-3 lead midway through the third period by scoring from the left faceoff circle on the power play.
Defenseman P.K. Subban scored on a 5-on-3 power play and Lars Eller and Campoli also scored for Montreal, which has lost two in a row and four of its last six (2-2-2).

Top Game Performances

New Jersey   Montreal
Patrik Elias 2 Points Hal Gill 2
Patrik Elias 2 Goals Chris Campoli 1
Kurtis Foster 2 Assists Hal Gill 2
Patrik Elias 1 Power Play Goals P.K. Subban 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Martin Brodeur .885 Save Percentage Carey Price .857
Martin Brodeur 23 Saves Carey Price 30

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 35 5 2-5 3-4 8 23
Montreal 26 3 1-4 3-5 10 22

Upcoming Games

  • Montreal will play its next game on the road against Boston. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .357 after a win and .421 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play its next game at home against NY Rangers. The Devils have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .571 after a loss.
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