Jan 27, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save on New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) shot as defenseman Francis Bouillon (55) defends during the second period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Devils Fall to Habs, 4-3, in OT

Ilya Kovalchuk came an inch-and-a-half away from doing it again.

Two nights after sending the Devils to a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over the Washington Capitals, the New Jersey Devils sniper ripped a shot off the post against the Montreal Canadiens in the extra session on Sunday night.

But, minutes later, Montreal’s Andrei Markov beat Devils goalie Martin Brodeur short-side to hand New Jersey its first loss in 2013.

The 4-3 overtime loss moves the Devils to 3-0-1 on the season.

In the Devils worst game of their short season so far, Montreal jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on first period goals from Ryan White and Brendan Gallagher. Even after Patrik Elias, who registered three points to earn 900 for his illustrious career, deflected a shot from Mark Fayne into the net, Montreal pushed its lead back to two when Brandon Prust slipped a shot past Brodeur in the third period.

But, the Devils came firing right back.

David Clarkson took a pass across the crease and beat Habs goalie Carey Price on a five-on-three advantage for the Devils, drawing New Jersey within a goal at 3-2.

Later in the third period, Dainius Zubrus took a feed from Elias behind the net and tapped a shot past Price to tie the game at three before Markov won it for the Canadiens in overtime.

Despite allowing more goals tonight than he had the entire season combined, Brodeur was solid in net for the Devils. He finished with 28 saves; Price tallied 22 stops for Montreal.

The Canadiens overtime goal came on the power play after Devils defensemen Andy Greene was sent to the penalty box for a controversial holding penalty behind New Jersey’s net.

After the game, Devils coach Pete DeBoer said he saw the replay of Greene’s penalty and thought it was a fair call.

Kovalchuk and Clarkson each extended their consecutive point streak to four games for the Devils.

New Jersey will look to get back on the winning side of things on Tuesday night, when it returns back to the United States to take on the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m.

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