Ward scored a power-play goal with 24 seconds left in regulation
Monday night as Montreal extended its season-high winning streak
to five games with a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.
The Canadiens won their previous two games in overtime after
scoring the go-ahead goal with less than 1:00 left in a 4-2 win
over Ottawa on Feb. 24.
"We found a way to win," Ward said. "Earlier in the season, we
found a way to tie or we lost a couple of games in the last minute,
but we've got some great leadership on this team and we're
certainly pulling together at the right time of the year. We've
just got to keep a good thing going here."
Brodeur lost his third straight start despite making 37 saves.
"I'm not used to having that many shots, but for the most part
we played well," Brodeur said. "I was seeing the puck really
well. I gave up a few rebounds, so they had second chances because
Richard Zednik scored his first goal in over a month and Jose Theodore stopped 28 shots for the Canadiens, who are 6-1 in their last seven games.
"I had fun," Theodore said. "It's always fun playing a tight
game. When you see the other goalie making some big saves, you
always put a little more pressure on yourself to do the same thing.
Tonight it was fun seeing the way the game was played and it was
fun being part of the win."
Montreal, seventh in the Eastern Conference with 76 points,
moved within two points of sixth-place New Jersey.
"We look at the standings, but the main priority is really
looking at who's behind us," Theodore said. "We're trying to move
up, and you never know, they have two games in hand, but still, if we
keep winning, we'll be in a good spot in the end."
Turner Stevenson scored 7:58 into the third period to tie the
score, but New Jersey lost its third in a
"They're a great defensive team and it was a big challenge, and
we came up with two points," Canadiens captain Saku Koivu said.
"He's a quality hockey player," Brodeur said. "It's always
nice when you add that to your team without losing a player that's
making a huge impact right now on our hockey club. Hopefully he'll
be healthy and help us out down the stretch."
Zednik opened the scoring 4:38 into the second period with his
first goal since Jan. 29. He ended a 14-game goal drought when he
tipped Bouillon's point shot past Brodeur for his 20th goal of the
season, moving past rookie Michael Ryder for the team lead.
Zednik was denied a second goal midway through the period
despite seeing the goal judge's red light go on behind Brodeur.
Zednik's shot ricocheted off the crossbar and right goalpost.
Play continued for several minutes before a break in play
allowed the referees to confirm the puck had not crossed the goal
Stevenson tied the score with his 10th goal after Theodore was
unable to hold Colin White's point shot, leaving a rebound in the
slot. Devils center Jeff Friesen swatted the loose puck over to
Stevenson, who shot the puck past Theodore into a wide-open left
Brodeur kept the Devils within reach through the first two
periods, stopping 27 shots in that span, yielding only Zednik's
Canadiens right wing Pierre Dagenais came close to scoring in
the 14th minute of the first period, but Brodeur stopped his shot
from the slot with the tip of his left pad. Montreal was outshooting New Jersey 12-3 to that point.
Devils D Brian Rafalski missed the game because of a knee
injury he suffered in Saturday's 3-0 loss in Toronto. He is day-to-day. ... Theodore has allowed six goals in his last five starts.
... The Canadiens announced that left wing Niklas Sundstrom, who
didn't dress for the game, has concussion-like symptoms. He will
not accompany the team on its four-game West Coast road trip.
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Arena: Bell Centre Location: Montreal, Quebec
Referees: Don Koharski, Chris Rooney Linesmen: Steve Barton, Ray Scapinello
Attendance: 21,273 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Richard Zednik (21)
Assist: Francis Bouillon
Turner Stevenson (10)
Assists: Jeff Friesen, Colin White
Jason Ward (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Francis Bouillon, Pierre Dagenais