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Blake Coleman Scores Twice to Assist Raise Devils over Struggling Canadiens

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MONTREAL — Blake Coleman scored twice and added two assists because the New Jersey Devils defeated Montreal 6-Four Thursday evening handy the slumping Canadiens their sixth straight loss.

Travis Zajac, Miles Wooden, Jesper Boqvist and Damon Severson additionally scored for the Devils (9-11-Four) whereas Nikita Gusev had three assists for his first profession multi-point sport.

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 44-of-48 pictures for his eighth win of the yr.

Brendan Gallagher, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Joel Armia and Artturi Lehkonen scored for the Canadiens (11-9-5). Carey Worth made 28 saves in defeat.

The Canadiens have conceded not less than 4 objectives in 5 of their previous six video games. It’s additionally the 13th time they conceded not less than 4 objectives this season.

Their present six-game winless streak (Zero-Four-2) started Nov. 16 with an additional time loss to the Devils at Bell Centre.

Main Four-Three on Boqvist’s go-ahead objective, New Jersey added to its lead when Severson beat Worth far aspect, prime nook on an odd-man rush at eight:21 of the third. Worth smashed his stick on the crossbar in frustration.

New Jersey Devils’ Blake Coleman celebrates with teammates Nikita Gusev and Matt Tennyson (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

Lehkonen was left alone within the slot and obtained one proper again for Montreal 17 seconds later. However that’s as shut because the Canadiens would get, as Coleman added an empty-netter with 1:16 left on the clock.

New Jersey has overwhelmed Montreal in seven straight contests.

The Canadiens outshot the Devils 48-35 however the guests had a solution for every part Montreal threw at them.

Gallagher made it 1-1 at 7:41 of the primary by poking the puck between Blackwood’s pads. Zajac scored 36 seconds later by redirecting a bouncing puck previous Worth on a 2-on-1 with Gusev.

After Kotkaniemi levelled the rating 1:40 into the second — the younger centre’s first objective since Oct. 9 — and Wooden made it Three-2 for New Jersey 1:36 in a while a breakaway with Montreal caught altering.

Moments after Taylor Corridor failed to attain on a partial break, Armia obtained the Canadiens stage once more with a wrist shot from the face-off dot, glove-side on Blackwood at 9:02.

Joel Armia, Montreal Canadiens (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

However the Devils have been fast to reply once more as Boqvist put Nico Hischier’s rebound behind Worth 1:26 later following a turnover within the impartial zone.

Worth conceded 4 objectives on the primary 21 pictures he confronted. The Canadiens goalie gave up 11 objectives on 45 pictures in his earlier two begins — losses to the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins.

P.Okay. Subban was taking part in his seventh sport in opposition to his former group. The Devils defenceman obtained into a short altercation with Gallagher within the third interval, buying and selling punches after the whistle.

Coleman scored the sport’s opening objective 7:19 into the primary on a wonderfully performed 2-on-1 with Gusev.

Notes

Montreal dropped to 6-6-2 at Bell Centre this yr.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Nov. 28, 2019.

Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press

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