Habs edge Devils
NEWARK, N.J.—The New Jersey Devils struggled to slow down David Desharnais last night.
Desharnais scored the tying goal with 37 seconds left in the third period, then netted the game-winner in the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Devils.
“I just go in there and try to score [in the shootout],” he added.
“[Devils’ goalie Cory Schneider) opened up his leg and I put it right there.”
Desharnais’ tying goal in the third was reviewed by the NHL to see if he had lifted his stick too high in redirecting the slapshot taken by teammate Brian Gionta.
“I was sure it was a goal,” Desharnais said.
“I tipped one earlier this year that was a little higher than that, so there was no doubt.”
Lars Eller also scored in third period and shootout for the Canadiens, who also beat the Devils in Montreal on Monday night.
Reid Boucher, credited with an assist on Michael Ryder’s goal in the third period, scored for the Devils in the shootout—breaking a string of 20-straight missed chances by the Devils, who are 0-5 in shootouts this season.
The Devils have lost nine-straight shootouts, dating back to March 15 in Philadelphia.
Devils’ coach Pete DeBoer picked Boucher to take the first attempt in the shootout, saying that Boucher “was feeling pretty good about his game and it made sense.”
Boucher admitted to being nervous at first, but he seemed to play better and better as the game went on.
“I was pretty surprised [to be picked],” he said. “It’s a privilege and I wanted to capitalize on my opportunity.
“A quick fake shot, I kind of took a step over and shot a low blocker.”
Patrik Elias’ unassisted goal at 18:54 had given the Devils a 3-2 edge, but Desharnais scored for Montreal and forced overtime with just 37 seconds to go.
Elias had the final chance to tie it for the Devils in the shootout but couldn’t beat Canadiens’ goalie Peter Budaj, who ended the game with 31 saves.
“He’s a great shooter,” Budaj said. “I was just trying to keep my ground and win that battle.
“I was able to come up with the big save.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, Calgary beat Phoenix 4-1 and Philadelphia doubled Detroit 6-3.