Montreal, QC - The New Jersey Devils looked to avoid the season sweep against the Montreal Canadiens in what could possibly be Martin Brodeur’s last game in his hometown.
They got just what they wanted, avoiding the sweep by defeating the Habs by a score of 4-1.
The Habs struck first with Max Pacioretty’s 20th goal of the season. He used his speed to enter the Devils zone and rip a wrist shot from the left circle past Brodeur’s glove at 7:00 into the first.
The Devils answered back ten minutes later with Jaromir Jagr’s 695th career goal and 14th of the year. He is now in sole possession of seventh all time, passing Mark Messier. The goal also ended his 10-game goal drought.
Ending the first period with 1:47 left on a power play, Eric Gelinas blasted a one-timer from Ryane Clowe during the continuation of the penalty. The assist by Clowe extended his point-streak to five games (1g, 6a), he would add one more assist on the night.
That same line of Clowe, Ryder, and Henrique continued their scorching hot play with another goal just over three minutes later. Henrique put in a rebound past a knocked down Carey Price. There was no penalty on the play because Clowe was checked into the goaltender by a Canadiens defenseman.
The Habs got a goal from Brendan Gallagher in a scrum in front of Brodeur. However, upon video review, it was determined Gallagher kicked the puck in with his right foot. It was decision to make since Gallagher was tied up in front and turned his body, which may have caused his foot to make contact. It was more of a sweeping motion than a kicking motion, but the decision was made that he kicked the puck in the net.
It was a big momentum swing for the Devils who entered the third period with a two goal lead. They would hold off the Habs from scoring again for the remainder of the game.
Dainius Zubrus would add in the empty net to give the Devils a 4-1 lead.
It was an emotional game for Brodeur, as it usually is in Montreal and he was exuberant after the empty net and the game.
The Devils have a tough stretch of games ahead of them, beginning Thursday in Colorado and then Phoenix on Saturday before returning home to play Saint Louis on Tuesday.
The Devils have eight points in their last five games (3-0-2) and they need to continue their streak through the rest of the week.
1st Star - Martin Brodeur
2nd Star -Jaromir Jagr
3rd Star - Mark Fayne