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Habs edge Devils in shootout after trading last-minute goals

Dec 4, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

Through two periods, Brian Gionta‘s 1-0 goal represented all the scoring in Wednesday’s eventual Montreal Canadiens’ 4-3 shootout win against the New Jersey Devils.

The third period featured a relative explosion of action, especially in the last minute, when New Jersey generated a 3-2 lead that evaporated 30 seconds later.

Here’s Patrik Elias goal, which came with 1:06 left in the third:

It seemed like that might be the game-winner, but that wasn’t the case, as David Desharnais tied it up with 37 seconds left:

Desharnais notched the difference-maker in the shootout, too, as he joined Lars Eller as Montreal’s scorers in that format.

With this come-from-behind win, Montreal has now won three in a row and seven of its last eight games to improve to 17-9-3. They have a nice chance to continue their forward momentum, at least short-term, as they play their next three games in Montreal. (Things get hairy after that, however, as they play eight of 10 games on the road from Dec. 12 – Jan. 2.)

The Devils dropped this home-and-home with Montreal after winning two in a row, leaving the Devils at 11-13-5. Perhaps things will run more smoothly if they can hypnotize Michael Ryder into thinking he’s facing his former team every night; he scored a goal against the Habs on Monday and had a goal and an assist against them tonight.

  1. blomfeld - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    PFFT !

    “you see, the French haven’t the nature for war … their Gallic laziness combines with their Latinate voluptuousness, with the result that they would rather eat and make love with their faces than fight”

    The bottom line friends is that we Kings ‘in concert’ with our dynamic Pacific Division rivals like Anaheim, Phoenix and San Jose, couldn’t give a rat’s ass about Les Canadiens or any other ‘pretenders’ from back east ! … for the reality is that the ‘center’ of NHL power today lies clearly on the west coast, with Staples being the supreme epicenter ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • bsaures - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Aww you sound a little butthurt what happened did your girlfriend leave you for a french guy because he could actually satisfy her needs ?

  2. mclovinhockey - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Very arrogant comment coming from blom haha, but I was getting messages from RDS, and I know my French is bad and all but I am pretty sure NJD does not translate to NYJ….. For a moment I was like, the CFL is playing the NFL and the owls are playing the New York Jets??

    • Anoesis - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      You’ll have to forgive blom. There isn’t any place else for him to post his love for the Kings, as PHT seems to have dropped them off their radar. They went nine rounds in a shoot-out win over the Ducks, yet not a word on this site.

      The only mention on any NBC site of that game was an AP reprint from yesterday on NBCSports. If PHT was your only NHL hockey source you’d think the Kings were a bottom-dweller rather than a team that won the SC two years ago and went to the WCF last year.

      There are several places to get good news on my team, but this site ain’t one of them. Maybe PHT just doesn’t have anyone out west to cover what is arguably the best division in hockey. Pretty pathetic.

      • blomfeld - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:33 AM

        *** earlier today out on the great plain ***

        Blomfeld: who is this man that speaks with words of truth ?

        Ten Bears: I think he may be one of us, a warrior whose spirit will not be silenced …

        Crazy Dog: okay, but does this guy even know where the chicks are at ?

        Blomfeld: we will find the disco brother … in the meantime, let us talk to this man …

        Comrade Oasis … too true friend, as I also have recently detected a sort of editorial ‘blackout’ regarding all things LA Kings here at PHT? … personally I don’t understand that, as I know for a fact that at least four of PHT’s journalists are staunch and ‘ardent’ supporters of our glorious team … God forbid that a pro-eastern ‘putsch’ or something is going down right now at PHT headquarters eh ? :(

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