Brodeur makes 29 saves to blank Canadiens
Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:38 AM
|Both Devils victories this season have been by Brodeur shutouts.
MONTREAL -- The New Jersey Devils and Martin Brodeur
got the perfect tonic for what ailed them Thursday night, continuing their recent dominance of the Montreal Canadiens with a 3-0 victory at Bell Centre.
Brodeur entered the game having allowed 7 goals on 57 shots in registering two straight losses, but he made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season and the ninth of his career against Montreal.
He improved his career record at Bell Centre to 16-8-1 and his overall record against his hometown team to 39-16-5.
scored his first goal since opening night andJason Arnott and Matt Taormina
also tallied for the Devils (2-4-1), who extended their winning streak in Montreal to five games dating back to March 11, 2008.
Carey Price did not have his greatest night in goal for the Canadiens (3-2-1), allowing 3 goals on only 20 shots. But he didn't get much help from his teammates, as Montreal did not generate too many quality chances on the Devils net, and the few times they did Brodeur got the better of them.
The usual sellout crowd of 21,273 was buzzing early in the game, but the Devils took the energy right out of the building on Parise's goal 4:20 into the first period on a quick turnover behind the Canadiens net that he banked in off Price.
By the time it was 3-0 with about five minutes to play in regulation a steady stream of those fans began heading for the exits.
In typical New Jersey fashion, the Devils slowed the game down from that point onward and kept the crowd out of it, essentially playing a perfect road game at a time when they desperately needed it.
The win snapped New Jersey's two-game losing streak and took a load of pressure off a team expected to be among the elite of the Eastern Conference but which began the game at the bottom of the standings.
For Montreal, meanwhile, the woes on what was the League's second-best power play last year continued as the Canadiens went 0-for-3 and are now 1-for-20 on the season, including an 0-for-11 mark at home.
Montreal's best chance to beat Brodeur probably came in the third period during one of those power-play chances, when Brodeur was caught out of his net and the puck came to captain Brian Gionta beside the net. Except his one-timer try toward the empty net sailed high.
Arnott's goal at 14:59 of the second period -- where he fanned on his shot from the slot but the puck deflected off Dustin Boyd and through Price's legs -- was his team-leading third of the season and 100th in a Devils uniform.
Taormina scored on a floater from the blue line at 3:38 of the third for his second of the year, matching Ilya Kovalchuk
and Parise for second on the team in that category.