Devils are outclassed by Canadiens in a high-scoring affair

Kale Clague had a goal and two assists, Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki each had a goal and an assist as part of a three-goal first half, and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New Jersey Devils 7-4 Newark Thursday night at the Prudential Center.

Christian Dvorak had a goal and two assists, and Chris Wideman, Joel Armia and Jake Evans also scored for the Canadians. Jake Allen stopped 33 shots to help Montreal win for the second time in three games.

Jesper Bratt, Ty Smith, Tomas Tatar and AJ Greer scored for New Jersey. Andrew Hammond allowed six goals on 19 shots before being drawn early in the third period. The Devils lost their fifth straight game and 10th of their last 12, going 0-3-1 in their four-game home game.

Montreal built a 3-1 lead in the first half and then relied heavily on Allen for the rest of the game. The keeper made 14 saves in the second half and 18 during a two-period span of 18:44 as New Jersey beat Montreal 19-2.

Andrew Hammond allows Chris Wideman (not pictured) a goal during the Devils' 7-4 loss to the Canadiens.
Andrew Hammond allows Chris Wideman (not pictured) a goal during the Devils’ 7-4 loss to the Canadiens.
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Greer cut Montreal’s lead to 3-2 with five minutes left in the second half with his first goal in his seventh career game with the Devils. Armia restored Montreal’s two-goal lead 1-20 later.

Wideman and Dvorak scored goals 15 seconds apart early in the third period to chase Hammond. He has fallen to 0-1-1 in two starts since joining the Devils in a trade with the Canadiens on March 21.

Smith and Bratt each scored to put New Jersey 6-4, but Clague’s goal at 13-17 ended any chance of a comeback.

Suzuki and Evans put Montreal ahead with goals in the first period, 2:06 apart. Suzuki played a pass from linemate Rem Pitlick and punched Hammond over the glove, giving the Canadiens a 1-0 lead.

Evans made it 2-0 after defenseman Corey Schueneman won a board fight and then supplied Montreal’s second-line center at the point for a blast that knocked Hammond over the gauntlet at 6:41.

Tatar, who played for Montreal for the last three seasons before signing a free agent contract with the Devils in August, brought New Jersey on with his 14th goal 30 seconds after Evans’ goal. He took a pass from linemate Dawson Mercer and defeated Allen, making it 2-1 at 7-11. Devils are outclassed by Canadiens in a high-scoring affair


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