Canadiens 2, Devils 1: Tomas Plekanec scored his team-leading 12th goal to snap a tie 6:49 into the third period as visiting Montreal matched a season high with its fifth consecutive victory.
Fourth-liner Colby Armstrong netted his first goal and Carey Price turned aside 32 shots for the Canadiens, who improved to 9-1-2 in their last 12 road contests.
Defenseman Peter Harrold scored his first goal since Dec. 2, 2010 when he was a member of the Los Angeles Kings. Johan Hedberg finished with 20 saves while making his career-best 12th straight start for the Devils, who saw their three-game home winning streak come to an end.
Defenseman Jarred Tinordi, who was making his NHL debut, denied New Jersey blue-liner Marek Zidlicky's clearing attempt and fired a shot from just outside the left faceoff circle. Plekanec deftly deflected the puck with his stick to extend his point streak to four games.
Armstrong opened the scoring 8:08 into the first period after skating across the slot before firing a shot from the right faceoff circle. Harrold forged a 1-1 tie at 3:54 of the second with a wrist shot from the outside of the left circle which sailed between the pads of Price.
GAME NOTEBOOK: New Jersey honored longtime goaltending coach Jacques Caron prior to the game. Caron is in his 20th season with the Devils' organization. ... Tinordi made his NHL debut in front of friends and family. A first-round pick in the 2010 draft, the 21-year-old is the son of former NHLer Mark Tinordi. ... With Devils C Andrei Loktionov nursing an undisclosed injury, LW Harri Pesonen made his NHL debut and logged 8 1/2 minutes of ice time.