Thanks for the memories
This might have been the last time we'll see Martin F. Brodeur at the Bell Centre ... certainly in a Devils uniform.
If so, he went out in 29-save First Star style ... as befits a homeboy legend.
Max Pacioretty beat Brodeur in the first period and he slammed the door thereafter.
Carey Price faced 19 shots and was beaten by Jaromir Jagr, Eric Gelinas (on a power play) and Adam Henrique.
With Price on the bench for an extra attacker, Dainius Zubrus made it 4-1 for the visitors.
There were eight shots on goal in the third period.
New Jersey had two of them.
With Carey Price on the bench for an extra attacker, Dainus Zubrus scored an empty-netter
Devils take control
Young Quebec league product Eric Gelinas beat Carey Price through a mob of Canadiens and Devils with Josh Gorges in the penalty box, 80 seconds into the period.
With Carey Price similarly encumbered, Adam Henrique made it 3-0 on New Jersey's 10th shot of the game.
Brendan Gall;agher, off some brilliant playmaking by Lars Eller, looked like he narrowed the margin. But video review ruled the puck was redirected past Martin Brodeur by Gallagher's skate.
Canadiens outshot the Devils 14-9, 25-16 through 40 minutes.
Max and a Legend
Max Pacioretty opened the scoring with his 20th, a shot Martin F. Brodeur had a good, wide-open look at.
The lead lasted 10 minutes before the great Jaromir Jagr danced around Josh Gorges and beat Carey Price through a crowd of players in the Canadiens' crease. The goal was jagr's 14th and moved him past Mark Messier into seventh on the all-time list.
Shots were 11-7 for the home team.
New Jersey will begin the second period of a power play, with Josh Gorges in the box.
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Fun while it lasted
We interrupt your enjoyment of heart-stopping, wide-open, end-to-end hockey to bring you ...
The New Jersey Devils.
The Chicago Blackhawks left town after Saturday's Bell Centre classic and, sadly, Montreal hockey fans won't see them again unless the teams meet in the Stanley Cup final.
Grinding, neutral zone-clogging, dump-and-chase soporific hockey resumes Tuesday night when New Jersey visits the Bell Centre.
Martin F. Brodeur will be in nets for the Devils, which means at least we'll see some slick puckhandling. And because it's New Jersey's last regular-season visit, it also mean the great Brodeur may be making his last start at the Bell Centre, where he's 19-9-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.
Another ageless wonder, Jaromir Jagr, will have us dreaming of what might have been had the Canadiens signed him to play with Tomas Plekanec.
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