Newark, N.J. - Montreal Canadiens celebrating after scoring against the Devils on Saturday, March 16. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett - Getty Images

Hard Fought Game Results In Second Straight Loss For Devils

Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils faced off against the first place Montreal Canadiens in front of another sold out crowd at the Prudential Center tonight. The Devils had many close opportunities, but could not get anything to get past Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.

The Devils changed it up a bit entering tonight by adding rookies Stefan Matteau and Harri Pesonen, who made his NHL debut.

The Devils played very well, but got unlucky when the Canadiens’ Colby Armstrong scored on a bad giveaway and a screen.

The Devils started to pick things up at the end of the first, but just could not find a way to score.

Newark, N.J. – Devils defenseman Peter Harrold scores his first goal as a Devils during loss against Montreal. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett – Getty Images

Peter Harrold knotted the game up at 3:54 into the second period on a power play. This was Harrold’s first career goal as a Devil. He only has played 18 career games with the franchise dating back to last season.

However, Harrold’s night went sour after he was struck in the face with a shot by Andrei Markov only 56 seconds into the third. The injury would have been a lot worse if Harrold did not wear a visor. The shot hit the visor and cause it to cut his face.

This is similar to an injury to the New York Rangers’ Marc Staal, who was recently struck in the face by a slap shot. Staal does not wear a visor, and the puck hit him directly in the eye.

The difference in injuries between the two incidents will surely push the NHL to make wearing visors mandatory to all players and officials.

Fortunately for Harrold and the Devils, he returned to the ice not too long after and seemed normal.

Mar 16, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) (not shown) scores a goal past New Jersey Devils goalie Johan Hedberg (1) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Canadiens defeated the Devils 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

However, the Canadiens got the lead less than six minutes after the incident. The goal came on a deflection by Tomas Plekanec.

The Devils had a lot of time left to tie it, but had no success.

There were many chances for the Devils, including a short-handed opportunity that resulted in Ilya Kovalchuk ringing a shot off of the post.

The loss is the first in regulation in four games for the Devils, but also moves them down to seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

The Devils return to the ice on Tuesday against their arch-rival Rangers, at the Prudential Center.

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