Galchenyuk lifts Canadiens over Devils 3-2 with third-period goal
Published Monday, December 2, 2013 10:19PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 3, 2013 9:23AM EST
MONTREAL -- Alex Galchenyuk scored midway through the third period to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.
Rene Bourque and Max Pacioretty also scored for the Canadiens (16-9-3). Carey Price made 27 saves for the win.
Steve Bernier and Michael Ryder scored for the Devils (11-12-5), while Martin Brodeur stopped 13 shots.
Galchenyuk scored the winner for the Canadiens at 9:34, netting his seventh of the season into a gaping net after an Alexei Emelin shot fortuitously landed on his stick.
The regulation loss was New Jersey's first at the Bell Centre since 2008.
After sustained pressure by the Devils in the Canadiens' zone, Bernier opened the scoring at 11:13 of the first period with his second goal in as many games.
The Quebec City native was left all alone in front of the net and beat Price on his blocker side by deflecting an Anton Volchenkov shot from the point.
The Canadiens levelled the score at 8:49 of the second when Bourque took a no-look, behind-the-back pass from David Desharnais and scored his sixth of the year, short side.
With Dainius Zubrus in the box for interference, Pacioretty broke the deadlock on the power play at 16:49, taking a cross-ice pass from Andrei Markov and firing home from the faceoff circle to Brodeur's left.
Ryder made it 2-2 early in the third period when he rifled a slap shot into the top corner of the net.
The game was the first of a home-and-home series against the Devils. The teams face off again on Wednesday in New Jersey.