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April 08, 2006
Game 77: Devils Hold On To Beat Canadiens 3-2

    The New Jersey Devils defeated the Canadiens, 3-2 in Montreal on Saturday, April 8, 2006.   The win increased the Devils winning streak to 6 games, and ended a Montreal 8-game winning streak.

    Brian Gionta beat Montreal netminder Cristobal Huet at 17:16 of the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.   Richard Matvichuk and Scott Gomez assisted on Gionta's 43rd goal of the season.

    The Habs outshot the Devils 16-6 in the first period, but the Devils led 1-0 on the scoreboard.

    Scott Gomez increased the Devils lead with a goal at 10:15 of the second period.   Brian Gionta and Brian Rafalski assisted on Gomez's 29th goal of the season.

    The Devils outshot the Canadiens 16-11 in the second period, which ended with them leading, 2-0.

    Scott Gomez scored his second goal of the game at 10:13 of the third period to give New Jersey a 3-0 lead.   Gomez's 30th goal of the season was unassisted.

    Mike Ribeiro ruined Martin Brodeur's shutout bid with a goal at 11:20 of the third period.   Chris Higgins gave the Habs hope with a power-play goal with just 13 seconds remaining in regulation time.

    The game ended with the Devils defeating the Habs, 3-2.   The Canadiens outshot the Devils 15-7 in the third period and 42-29 in the game.

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