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It was Martin Brodeur’s 70th game in goal against the Canadiens and it ended as it often does for the Habs when they face the future Hall of Famer in net — with a loss.
The Canadiens outshot the Devils 30-19 in their 4-1 loss, but it was New Jersey who made the most of its chances, creating heavy traffic in front of goaltender Carey Price.
“They did a good job of bottling us up,” Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said.
“We weren’t sharp coming out of our own end. We didn’t really get much clean. So therefore we weren’t able to get much established in the neutral zone.
“I thought they won the neutral zone battle and it shows in the score,” Gionta added.
The win brings Brodeur’s lifetime record against the Habs to 45-19-6.
The Canadiens started the game on the right foot and had scoring chances, said coach Michel Therrien who contends the 41-year-old Brodeur made the difference.
“I liked that we had a lot of chances to score,” Therrien said.
“We directed a lot of shots on net, which is rare against a team like New Jersey. We didn’t play a bad game. The difference in that game is simple in my eyes it’s Martin Brodeur.”
Therrien also said he felt the Canadiens tried to set the tempo, pushing the pace.
“I believe the story of the game was Marty Brodeur. He was phenomenal tonight.”
The Habs continue to struggle on the power play. They failed to capitalize on their three chances and are now 0 for 17 with the man advantage over the last five games.
Max Pacioretty scored the Canadiens lone goal. A goal by Brendan Gallagher in the second period was waved off after a video review concluded he kicked the puck into the goal with his skate.
The Canadiens were without David Desharnais who was out with the flu. They head out Wednesday on a four-game road trip and don’t play again at home until Saturday, Jan. 25th when they face the Washington Capitals.
You can listen to what Max Pacioretty had to say here:
You can watch what Gionta had to say here:
And you can listen to what Josh Gorges had to say here about the Habs power play:
(Video: Brenda Branswell)