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Perreault tallies twice in Canadiens' victory

11/17/2002

MONTREAL (AP) -- Donald Audette had heard enough about his long
scoring drought.

Audette got his first goal in nearly a year, and Yanic Perreault
scored twice to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 victory
Saturday night over the New Jersey Devils.

Held without a goal in 23 games since last Nov. 24, Audette
opened the scoring 4:01 in for his first point in 13 games this
season.

"It's a relief -- hopefully we can stop talking about it,''
Audette said. "Let's move on. The first one's always the hardest
one to get.''

Perreault scored late in the second period and added his second
goal of the game and eighth of the season early in the third.

Jose Theodore made 23 saves, allowing only Colin White's goal at
6:22 of the third, to help end Montreal's two-game losing streak.
The Canadiens lost 5-1 in New Jersey on Friday, when Jeff Hackett
faced a 44-shot barrage.

"The way we played yesterday and the way we played tonight,
it's totally two different teams,'' Theodore said. "The way we
played tonight, that's the way we can play and we should play.''

The Devils had won two in a row and four of their last six
games.

"They played a lot more patient and it paid off for them,''
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said. "They waited for mistakes, they
worked really hard down low and got some goals off it.''

Audette, who missed 49 games last season because of a severely
lacerated forearm, had been a healthy scratch in four games this
season.

He ended his scoring drought early in the first period, when he
took Saku Koivu's pass as he drove to the net and beat Brodeur.

"I had a lot of good games before, I just didn't get the
result,'' Audette said. "The chances are there. If they start
going in, that's good.''

Perreault gave the Canadiens a two-goal lead with 0:41 left in
the second. Doug Gilmour fed a backhand pass to Perreault, who
one-timed a shot past Brodeur from the faceoff circle.

Perreault made it 3-0 3:59 into the third, driving to the net
and putting his own rebound past Brodeur. The play was reviewed and
ruled a goal.

"We didn't play very well last night and we knew that,''
Perreault said. "We had a good meeting this morning and for the
first time, I think we played 60 minutes. We cut down on their
chances against and Theo made some great saves, but we played
better as a team tonight.''

White ruined Theodore's shutout bid with 13:38 with a
sharp-angled shot over the Montreal goalie's left shoulder.

"Goals at the end of the period are always hard to recover
from, and after that, they got that fluky goal when Perreault ran
into me,'' Brodeur said. "Now we're down 3-0 early in the third.
We made a little run in the end, but it was not enough.''

Game notes
New Jersey held a one-shot edge in the first and third as
it outshot Montreal 24-22 overall. ... Devils RW Jamie
Langenbrunner ended a four-game point streak. Langenbrunner scored
twice in each of his previous two games -- including Friday's win
over the Canadiens -- and had five goals and two assists during his
streak. ... Canadiens RW Richard Zednik missed the game after
showing up at the Bell Centre with an inner ear illness.