A slick cross by Charles Hudon was an ideal alternative for Tomas Plekanec in extra time.
Plekanec scored 1:fifty two into the additional interval off a spotlight-reel feed from Hudon, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night time to snap a 3-recreation slide.
“From the beginning of the sport, (coach Claude Julien) requested us to win the battles alongside the boards,” stated Hudon, who has thirteen factors this season. “I noticed three guys coming in the direction of me and I knew I could not lose the puck. I used to be fairly positive Plekanec was within the slot, and as soon as he received the puck, I knew the sport was over.”
Andrew Shaw scored for the Canadiens (14-14-four) within the first interval and Carey Worth made 31 saves in his ninth straight begin.
“He did an excellent job. He is an elite goaltender. We had a shot mentality tonight, however sadly the performs round that space did not go in,” Devils coach John Hynes stated.
Stefan Noesen had the aim for the Devils (17-9-5), who remained third within the rugged Metropolitan Division. Cory Schneider stopped 34 photographs in defeat.
Plekanec beat Schneider between the legs after super work alongside the boards by Hudon to get him the puck in open ice.
“That is the additional effort that we’d like from guys,” Shaw stated. “He was pinned up towards the boards by two guys and he occurs to get his stick unfastened and made an ideal play.”
Together with his group altering, Hudon skated previous the blue line into the Devils zone and held the puck alongside the half wall. The rookie acquired pinned there by New Jersey’s Pavel Zacha and Sami Vatanen however nonetheless stored possession.
With Blake Coleman approaching, Hudon managed to get free and poked the puck to a streaking Plekanec, who scored his first objective in 18 video games.
“I used to be simply hoping it wasn’t going to bounce over my stick when he handed it to me,” Plekanec stated. “Hudon made an amazing play profitable that battle. Sensible play.”
The Canadiens ended their 2-2-1 homestand on a constructive observe earlier than they embark on a seven-recreation street journey, beginning with Saturday’s outside recreation towards the Ottawa Senators to mark the NHL’s one hundredth anniversary.
Enjoying their first recreation after a 4-day break, the Canadiens confirmed some indicators of rust, falling behind early. New Jersey scored on its first shot at 1:21 of the opening interval after a defensive breakdown by the house aspect.
With a delayed penalty coming to Montreal, Noesen crossed the blue line unchallenged, took a brief cross from captain Andy Greene and launched a wrist shot previous Worth to increase his level streak to 5 video games.
Shaw, enjoying his one centesimal recreation in a Canadiens uniform, evened the rating at thirteen:31 when he deflected Jordie Benn’s shot from the purpose by way of visitors previous Schneider.
The Devils have been with out main scorer Taylor Corridor, who’s each day with a bruised knee sustained on Tuesday. Corridor, who has eleven objectives and 31 factors, didn’t journey with the workforce to Montreal.
New Jersey might have used Corridor within the second interval when the Canadiens took again-to-again penalties, however the Devils failed to attain on a 5-on-three energy play that lasted 1:05, thanks largely to shot blocking by Benn and Shea Weber.
Worth made one huge save on New Jersey’s energy play, stopping Drew Stafford on the doorstep whereas sprawled out on the ice.
“On the facility play we had some attractiveness nevertheless it did not get within the internet for us,” Hynes stated. “We competed arduous tonight. We had some actually good internet visitors. We had plenty of ideas and we hit two posts.”
Montreal upped the strain within the last interval, outshooting New Jersey thirteen-7, however Schneider shut the door.
NOTES: The Devils are 10-four-three on the street. … Montreal ahead Daniel Carr had his 5-recreation level streak snapped.
Devils: Host the Dallas Stars on Friday night time.
Canadiens: Play the Ottawa Senators at Lansdowne Park on Saturday night time.