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January 05, 2006
Game 41: Devils Defeat Canadiens 5-4

    The New Jersey Devils defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 at home on Thursday, January 5, 2006.   Patrik Elias led the team with a 4 point game (2 goals and 2 assists).

    11 seconds into the first period, Saku Koivu beat Martin Brodeur to give the Canadiens an early 1-0 lead.

    Patrik Elias beat Jose Theodore 52 seconds after Koivu's goal to tie the game, 1-1.   Elias' first goal of the season was assisted by Brian Rafalski.

    Viktor Kozlov made it a 2-1 Devils lead, beating Theodore at 14:15.   Kozlov's ninth goal of the season was assisted by Scott Gomez and Zach Parise.

    Scott Gomez beat Theodore on a power-play at 15:55 to increase the Devils lead.   Patrik Elias and Brian Rafalski assisted on Gomez's 15th goal of the season.

    Chris Higgens scored at 17:42 to cut the Devils lead to 1 goal.

    The Devils outshot the Habs 13-6 in the first period, which ended with the Devils leading, 3-2.

    Patrik Elias ripped the puck past Theodore at 7:44 of the second period to give the Devils a 4-2 lead.   Elias' second goal of the game was assisted by Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta.

    Elias set Brian Rafalski up perfectly, and he beat Theodore at 10:05 to make it a 5-2 Devils lead.   Richard Matvichuk also assisted on Rafalski's fourth goal of the season.

    The second period ended with the Devils leading the Habs, 5-2.   The Devils outshot the Canadiens, 9-4 in the period.

    Michael Ryder beat Martin Brodeur at 4:07 of the third period to cut the Devils lead to 2 goals.   Andrei Kastsitsyn put another one in 1:40 later to make it a 1 goal game.

    There was no additional scoring - the Devils defeated the Habs, 5-4.   The Canadiens outshot the Devils 10-5 in the third period, but were outshot 27-20 in the game.


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