The Canadiens’ three-game winning streak hit a wall Super Bowl Sunday afternoon at the Bell Centre, the Habs falling 4-1 to the resurgent New Jersey Devils.
The Devils scored on their first two shots of the game then pretty much coasted the rest of the way, the Habs’ P.K. Subban scoring on a bank shot to pull Montreal back to 3-1 before Ilya Kovalchuk iced things into an empty Canadiens net with 1:21 left to play.
And it wasn’t even Canadiens nemesis Martin Brodeur who made the difference in this one: Brodeur left the game with a bruised right knee after the first period and didn’t return, yielding the Devils net to Johan Hedberg. His replacement yielded one goal on 15 shots after Brodeur had stopped 10 in the first; Carey Price, coming off a shutout in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers, made 26 saves on the 29 shots he faced.
The Canadiens don’t practice Monday. They fly Tuesday to Boston for Wednesday’s game vs. the Bruins.