- Montreal scored the first goal of the night on a Max Pacioretty tally.
- The Devils answered back on a goal by Jaromir Jagr, which put him past Mark Messier for the 7th most goals in NHL history with 695 goals scored.
- From there, it was almost all Devils, as Eric Gelinas and Adam Henrique scored second period goals.
- That would be all the Devils would need, as Martin Brodeur rebounded from a poor start to stop 29 of the 30 Montreal shots.
When Max Pacioretty ripped home an early first period goal high glove side on Martin Brodeur on a shot that should have been saved, it looked like it might be a long night for the New Jersey Devils.
How quickly things can change.
Timely goal scoring, stellar defense and an excellent performance by Brodeur paced the Devils to a 4-1 win in what was one of their best all-around road performances of the season.
The defense playing up to par shouldn't be a surprise, as they've done so throughout the season. With timely goal scoring, it makes the job of the defense and goaltending that much easier and there were more than enough goals tonight.
Eric Gelinas reminded everyone of his offensive potential when he ripped a bomb of a shot past Carey Price to give the Devils the 2-1 lead. Despite his struggles in his own end, his presence alone makes the power play more dangerous. Sure, he's going to have some moments where he's in over his head defensively, but there is no one on this roster who can shoot the puck like he does.
As for Clowe, he's beginning to show some of the playmaking ability that led to his signing in the offseason. In 10 games since returning from injury, the former Shark and Ranger has eight points (one goal, seven assists). Together, the line of Henrique, Ryder and Clowe has been a welcomed source of offense for a team that has struggled to score.
Moving forward, this team has to be feeling good about where they are. With Patrik Elias and Damien Brunner still to return to the lineup, the Devils not only got to two games over NHL .500 for the first time this season, but reinserted themselves right back into the playoff mix.
Next up for the Devils is another tough road test, as the Devils take on the Colorado Avalanche from Denver on Thursday, looking to bring their points streak to five games.