The extra time starts to bring big to the Montreal Canadiens. Alex Galchenyuk took advantage of a penalty to Damon Severson to find the net at 2:54 of the overtime period and gave the Habs a valuable 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night, At the Prudential Center.
The purpose of Galchenyuk, his 14 th of the season, has crowned a fine shown again men of Claude Julien in the third period.
Also, he allowed the Habs to sign two consecutive wins for the first time since January 7. Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Habs also took advantage of the overtime to win 3-2.
The Canadian, who takes over the collar as soon as Tuesday night at the Bell Center by hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets, is sure to keep the first place in the Atlantic section in front of the Ottawa Senators. They suffered a 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.
With 63 games played, the Habs have a total of 76 points and now have a four-point lead over the Senators, who have played two games less. The Boston Bruins follow third in the Atlantic section with 70 points and a bank game on the Canadian.
“It gets two big points for us,” said Julien. It took us two periods to get started. We had not done much after two periods, but what I liked was the character we demonstrated in the third period. ”
Max Pacioretty, with 30 th and 31 st goals of the season, and Alexander Radulov (15 th ), scored the Canadiens’ other goals against Cory Schneider, who faced 33 shots, six in the only period extension.
Pacioretty’s second goal was scored at 19:07 of the third period as the Canadian withdrew goaltender Al Montoya for a sixth striker. As a result, the Canadian captain surpassed his 30-goal record in 82 games last season.
Radulov also had his best career outing as he scored for the other three goals. Earlier in the season, he had three three-point games, including one against the same Devils at the Prudential Center on 20 January.
Defender Shea Weber also contributed to the triumph with assists on the equalizing goal and the winning net.
Tribute to the pillars
Julien paid tribute to the pillars of his team. “The” big “players did their job tonight, they scored big goals. They transported us tonight, especially in the third period. To have a good team, your ‘big’ players must be good in the right circumstances and they have been good tonight. ”
Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac led the Devils attack with a goal and an assist each. John Moore completed the brand at the expense of Montoya, held busy while receiving 37 shots.
Before Galchenyuk played the heroes, the Canadiens had two two-goal deficits in the third period, when the two teams exploded with five goals after 40 minutes of rather annoying play.
Radulov scored the Canadiens’ first goal at 2:49 of the third period with a sharp, veiled shot that went to Schneider’s right. This Radulov net, his first since Feb. 9 against the Arizona Coyotes, came only 11 seconds after Moore gave the Devils a 2-0 lead.
The Devils took a two-goal lead thanks to Zajac, who defeated Montoya at 7:54, just six seconds after Phillip Danault was punished.
But again, the Canadian quickly responded with Pacioretty reaching the 30-goal plateau for the fifth time in his career, and for a fourth consecutive season, 43 seconds after the Zajac net.
“They took the lead 2-0 and the way we played, it would have been easy to give up, but we scored a quick goal. At 3-1, we did not let go, we continued to work. That’s what I take positively, the character that was demonstrated in the third, “said Julien, whose three victories at the helm of the Canadian were acquired in overtime and shoot-offs abroad.
Five highlights of the match
Palmieri gives the Devils lead
New Jersey took the lead 1-0 following a reversal of the Canadian in its zone. A Shea Weber pass along the strip failed on the stick of Travis Zajac, who quickly fled into the enclave at Kyle Palmieri. Defender Andrei Markov nearly kidnapped the record, but the American made it through a dry shot at 19:41 at the first twenty. Palmieri scored a 19th goal this season, a fourth in his last four games. Zajac got a fifth pass in as many games.
New Jersey doubles its priority
The Devils doubled their cushion at 2:38 in the third period when a shot from John Moore hit the target after a pass from Joseph Blandisi. The puck seemed to deflect against a skate from Canadian’s Artturi Lehkonen, the first obstacle in the line of fire. Moore got his sixth goal of the season, his first since Dec. 17.
Radulov reduces the gap; The Devils recall
Only 11 seconds after the goal of Moore, Radulov bodied things with his 15 th goal of the season, thanks to a veiled shot. But at 7:54, six seconds after a penalty imposed on Philipp Danault, for hooking, Zajac converted a rebound to collect an eighth point in five games. Then, 43 seconds later, Pacioretty reached the 30-goal mark for the fifth time of his career, on the rebound of a weak shot from Nathan Beaulieu.
Captain Creates Deadlock 3-3
After removing Montoya, Blue-White-Red extended the six-man attack for almost 50 seconds when Pacioretty re-edited, with 52.6 seconds left in the third period. Cory Schneider’s vigilance, to the amazement of the amateurs at the Prudential Center, was quickly reversed.
Galchenyuk plays heroes in overtime
The CH seized the opportunity when Damon Severson was punished for hooking up against Beaulieu, at 2:04. The Montreal club triumphed at 2:54 thanks to Alex Galchenyuk’s home shot, which deserved his 14th goal of the season. The Canadian has had his last four wins in overtime or in shootout.
Canadian ex-defender PK Subban will receive a decoration of the meritorious service of the Governor General of Canada at a ceremony on Wednesday, during which the involvement of a dozen volunteers from Quebec will also be highlighted. Subban will be in Montreal as the Nashville Predators face the Canadiens on Thursday night at the Bell Center. The ceremony will take place in the Atrium PK Subban of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. The Meritorious Service Decoration (Civil Division) was created to recognize those who “serve as an example or model to follow, or respond to a particular problem in a community,” according to a statement issued by the Office of the Governor General. By September 2015, Subban had announced a $ 10 million grant over seven years to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. This commitment goes beyond this gift, since he also sits on the board of directors of the Foundation and is its spokesperson. Subban, drafted by the Canadian in 2007 and winner of the Norris trophy in 2013, was traded to the Predators last June in return for Shea Weber, another defender.