David Desharnais nets game-winner as Canadiens down Devils

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Newark, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – David Desharnais netted the game-winner in the shootout to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 triumph over the New Jersey Devils Wednesday at Prudential Center.

Lars Eller also scored in the shootout while goalie Peter Budaj made two key stops, giving the Canadiens (16-9-3) a third straight win and improving their record to 7-0-1 in their past eight games.

Budaj finished with 31 saves while Brian Gionta, Lars Eller and Desharnais scored in regulation for the Canadiens, who improved to 2-3 in shootout.

In his NHL debut, rookie Reid Boucher scored the lone goal in the shootout for the Devils, who fell to 0-5 in games decided by the shootout.

Andrei Loktionov, Michael Ryder and Patrik Elias scored in regulation while Cory Schneider stopped 27 shots for the Devils, who dropped to 11-12-5.

After Gionta gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead in the first period, New Jersey scored twice on goals by Loktionov and Ryder to take a 2-1 lead with 10:10 to play in regulation.

Eller scored with 3:50 left to tie the game at 2-2, beating Schneider on his own rebound with a backhand from the slot.

However, the Devils came back and took the lead with 66 seconds left in regulation when Elias scored an unassisted goal on Budaj, cashing in on a giveaway by Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban.

Montreal shook it off and came back to tie the game again with 35.6 seconds left when Desharnais got a piece of Brian Gionta’s slap shot from the right point to beat Schneider and send the game to extra time.

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