Canadiens’ Carey Price blocks a penalty shot by Devils’ Mattias Tedenby during the first period on Saturday night. Paul Bereswill, Getty Images
• At a Glance: The Canadiens solved Martin Brodeur and saw their own goaltender, Carey Price, turn in a solid outing in a 3-1 win over the Devils in New Jersey on Saturday night. Mathieu Darche opened the scoring 9:43 into the first period when he redirected a Brian Gionta shot over Brodeur’s shoulder. The assist was Gionta’s 400th career points. There was no scoring until the Canadiens scored two goals early in the third period to put the game out of reach. P.K. Subban scored a powe-play goal only 29 seconds into the period with a shot from the point that a screened Brodeur could not see. At 3:34, Darche scored his second of the game when he again redirected a Gionta pass, this time on the opposite side of the net. Ilya Kovalchuk spoiled Price’s bid for a shutout when he scored at 14:01 when Price was caught out of place and scrambling in front of his net.
• Key Moments: After missing several scoring chances in the second period, Subban’s power-play goal early in the third period whave the Canadiens the breathing room they needed.
• What It Means: The Canadiens improved to 42-30-7 for 91 points, securing their hold on sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens embark on the final week of their regular season with games aganst the Blackhawks at home on Tuesday and they then play in Ottawa on Thursday and Toronto on Saturday to end the season.