Newark, N.J. - the New Jersey Devils came out with a fire lit under them.
The power play had one of the most successful games in 2013 with two goals in four chances. Patrik Elias gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 13:55 into the first period on a breakaway during a power play. Elias split the gap between two defensemen giving him the opportunity to go bar-down over the blocker of Carey Price.
Jacob Josefson extended the Devils lead just 2:41 later with his first goal of the season.
The hot start continued into the second period as Steve Sullivan redirected a pass by Marek Zidlicky for the Devils second power play goal and what would be the game-winning-goal.
The Habs later cut the lead down to one with goals from Max Pacioretty and Lars Eller, but it was not enough to beat Martin Brodeur.
Brodeur earned his 44th win in 68 career games. The wins also include nine shutouts. Brodeur always seems to bring his A-game when the Devils play against his hometown Montreal Canadiens.
Alexander Urbom made his 2013 debut tonight. The 6’5″ 215-pound defenseman registered 14:11 ice time tonight. Urbom played in five games last season.
Although the Devils are not going to qualify for the playoffs, winning out the rest of the season gives some confidence and leaves the fans happy going into the offseason.
The Devils play their last home game of the 2013 season Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The game will have no effect on the playoffs as the Penguins have already clinched the Eastern Conference.
Attendance - 15-219
1st Star - Steve Sullivan (Goal, Assist)
2nd Star - Patrik Elias (Goal)
3rd Star - Lars Eller (Goal)