Three Stars: 1. Max Pacioretty 2. Paul Byron 3. Adam Larsson
New Jersey is 20-16-5=45pts at the halfway point of the season; they were 14-20-7=35 through 41 games in 2014-15.
The Devils are 3-3-1=7pts over their last seven road games and are 11-7-2=24pts away from Prudential Center overall.
New Jersey finished its season series vs. Montreal 1-1-1=3pts.
The Devils are now 8-3-3=19pts vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 6-1-2=14pts on the road.
New Jersey was 0/3 on the power play.
The Devils allowed their sixth shorthanded goal of the season. Only Arizona (8) has allowed more.
Montreal out shot New Jersey, 25-20.
Cory Schneider (23 saves) made the start and goal and fell to17-12-5 on the season. Despite the loss, he’s now allowed two goals or less in 21 of his last 27 starts since Oct. 29; he’s 13-10-4 with three shutouts, a 1.98 goals-against average & .931 save-percentage during that stretch.
Schneider also stopped David Desharnais’ second period penalty shot attempt. He’s saved 4/4 penalty shots he’s faced this season (also, Jonathan Huberdeau Dec. 6 vs. Florida, Radim Vrbata Nov. 22 at Vancouver & Patrick Marleau Oct. 16 vs. San Jose) and 12/14 in his career. Schneider’s four PS faced ties New Jersey’s single-season record (Johan Hedberg, 2011-12). George Hainsworth holds the NHL record, having faced six penalty shots for Toronto in 1934-35 (the first season for penalty shots in the NHL). -credit Elias Sports Bureau
Adam Henrique scored his 14th goal of the season/first since Dec. 6 vs. Florida (11 appearances) 0:50 into the third period to cut Montreal’s lead to 2-1. He has 1g-2a-3pts over the last three games.
Andy Greene skated in his 600th NHL game tonight, all of which have been played for the Devils. He becomes just the 16th player/sixth defenseman (also, Ken Daneyko, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Colin White and Bruce Driver) in team history to reach the milestone.
Greene also recorded the primary assist on Henrique’s goal. It was the 178th point of his NHL career (34g-144a) which ties Ken Daneyko (36g-142a) for sixth in team history among defensemen.
Greene led the Devils with 26:42 of TOI and five blocked shots.
Lee Stempniak also picked up an assist on the goal and, with 9g-20a-29pts overall, has surpassed his total from all of last season (15g-13a-28pts in 71 games). He has points in 11 of the last 17 games (4g-7a-11pts).
Eric Gelinas returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in the previous four games. He led the Devils with three shots on goal, registered three hits & blocked four shots in 19:20 of action.
Jon Merrill (24:01) and Damon Severson (23:41) each established season-highs in TOI tonight.
Bobby Farnham led the Devils with a season-high six hits.
Sergey Kalinin matched his season-high with four hits tonight.
Travis Zajac was 12/19 (63.1 %) in the face-off circle.
John Moore (lower body) left the game in the first period and did not return.
Tyler Kennedy (upper body) missed his first game due to injury.
David Schlemko (lower body, day-to-day) also did not play.