Devils Can't Outscore Canadiens in 3-4 Shootout

By Ed Barmakian
|  Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013  |  Updated 11:14 PM EDT
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Devils Fall to Canadiens 3-4

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Devils center Adam Henrique, center, tries to score while skating against Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj, left, of Slovakia, center Tomas Plekanec, top, of the Czech Republic, and defenseman Andrei Markov, of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday.

David Desharnais scored the tying goal with 37 seconds left in the third period and added a goal in the shootout and the Montreal Canadiens rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Devils on Wednesday.

Lars Eller also scored in third period and shootout for Montreal, which also beat the Devils in Montreal on Monday night.

Rookie Reid Boucher, making his NHL debut, scored for the Devils in the shootout, breaking a string of 20 straight missed chances by the Devils, who are 0-5 in shootouts this season.

Patrik Elias' unassisted goal at 18:54 had given the Devils a 3-2 edge, but Desharnais redirected a slap shot by Brian Gionta to score at 19:23 for Montreal and force overtime.

The teams combined for five goals in the third period.

The Devils led 2-1 before Eller scored on a backhand to tie the score at 2-2 at 16:10.

Andrei Loktionov and Michael Ryder each scored in the third period to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. Boucher assisted on Ryder's goal.

Gionta scored in the first period to give Montreal a 1-0 lead and goalie Peter Budaj made it hold until Loktionov scored 4:19 into the third period to tie it at 1-1.

Ryder's seventh goal off a pass from Boucher broke the tie at 9:50.

Loktionov received a pass from Marek Zidlicky before he spun inside and let loose a sailing shot past Budaj for a 1-1 tie. Ryder's shot beat Budaj to the far side.

Gionta scored at 10:36 of the first on a pinpoint pass from the outer edge of the left circle by Daniel Briere.

Gionta skated onto the puck at the crease and knocked it past Cory Schneider inside the far post. Seconds before Gionta's goal, Devils rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas had his shot at an open net bang off the right post.

Cam Janssen of the Devils and Brandon Prust of the Canadiens squared off in a fight 2:35 into the first period. Janssen had hit Alex Galchenyuk against the boards before he was challenged by Prust. Both received five-minute penalties for fighting. Montreal held a 13-9 shot advantage in the first.

Boucher, who played on a line with Elias and Steve Bernier, got off his first career shot in the opening seconds of the second period, a slap shot that Budaj saved.

The Devils pressed forward in the second period, and held a 10-7 shot advantage. Loktionov had a breakaway, but was stopped by Budaj. Budaj also made a save on Jaromir Jagr's shot with eight seconds to go.

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