Montréal
Canadiens
41-30-7-4
New Jersey
Devils
43-25-12-2

21 SOG
24 SOG
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Montréal Canadiens 0, New Jersey Devils 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Montréal Canadiens 0, New Jersey Devils 2 FINAL
Montréal Canadiens 0, New Jersey Devils 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The New Jersey Devils made sure Martin Brodeur didn't have to work hard for his 10th shutout of the season.

Relatively untested for the opening two periods, Brodeur made 21 saves to match his single-season career high for shutouts in a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.

``I was really in the zone,'' Brodeur said after moving within five shutouts of the NHL modern-era record set by Chicago's Tony Esposito in 1969-70.

``I knew these guys were really hot and playing well defensively. I knew I wouldn't get many shots and these are the kind of games where you have to really focus.''

The shutout was the 74th of Brodeur's career and the Devils' third in seven games. Brodeur had one other and Scott Clemmensen had one.

``I think it's always been a trademark,'' Devils coach Pat Burns said of the recent shutouts. ``When you have Marty, you have half the battle done. It just depends on how the people in front of him play.''

The Devils played very well. Montreal didn't have a shot for almost the first 15 minutes and only two in the first 14 minutes of the second period.

``We were on top of things,'' Burns said.

Patrik Elias scored a short-handed goal and set up a power-play tally by Grant Marshall for the Devils.

Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore had 22 saves, including a third-period stop on a penalty shot by Marshall.

``Marty has always been ready as far as my knowledge,'' Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. ``He made the big saves when he had to. We just weren't able to complete our plays and finish them off. We put on a little spurt at the end, the last eight minutes, but it wasn't good enough.''

The loss snapped the Canadiens' five-game (4-0-1) unbeaten streak and prevented Montreal from moving ahead of New Jersey in the standings.

Brodeur, 25-10-4 with six shutouts against his hometown team, didn't face much work until the third period, when the Canadiens had 12 shots.

Yanic Perreault, former Devil Pierre Dagenais, Patrice Brisebois and Michael Ryder all had good chances but Brodeur was in the right spot in becoming the first goalie to blank the Canadiens since Oct. 28, a span of 39 games.

``We were flat for whatever reason,'' Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray said. ``Whether we felt good about the win in Philly or we felt this team would be tired after playing a lot of hockey, but for some reason we were flat.''

Elias gave the Devils the lead with a great short-handed goal exactly a minute after acting New Jersey captain Scott Niedermayer was called for tripping.

Elias made two outstanding plays in scoring his team-high 16th goal. He poked the puck around Saku Koivu at the blue line to set up the breakaway, and then showed tremendous confidence beating Theodore his a shot over his glove.

Marshall's power-play goal was more luck than skill. His shot from the right circle was deflected by Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon past Theodore.

scoring summary
1st Period
16:17
NJD
SHG - Patrik Elias (16) Snap shot - ASST: Sergei Brylin (13)
1 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
04:55
NJD
PPG - Grant Marshall (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrik Elias (21), Paul Martin (7)
2 - 0 NJD
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
15:17
NJD
Scott Niedermayer  Tripping against  Pierre Dagenais
2nd Period
04:40
MTL
Richard Zednik  Tripping against  Colin White
08:50
MTL
Pierre Dagenais  Hooking - Obstruction against  Brian Gionta
12:37
NJD
Turner Stevenson  Tripping - Obstruction against  Saku Koivu
15:03
MTL
Stephane Quintal  Holding stick - Obstruction against  Turner Stevenson
18:51
MTL
Sheldon Souray  Elbowing against  Mike Rupp
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 1
Martin Brodeur
SA: 21TOI: 59:59
Saves: 21EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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