Devils-Canadiens: In Second Straight Loss, Montreal Falls Victim to New Jersey

Daniel ArouchianSenior Analyst IJanuary 22, 2009

It's the second night in a row that the Montreal Canadiens are the victims. This time, the New Jersey Devils rolled over the Habs 5-2.

Coach Guy Carbonneau made it clear he's not happy.

"We wanted to make a statement in these last two games before the all-star break but we just didn't play well enough." Carbonneau said. "We played better in the last 30 minutes last night (a 4-2 loss in Atlanta), but tonight we didn't have enough soldiers."

Team captain Saku Koivu made a return after being out for 17 games with an ankle sprain. He played alongside rookies Matt D'Agostini and Gregory Stewart. They were the Habs' only effective line.

"Saku gave us a spark, but there weren't enough guys working out there," Carbonneau said. "You have to give Jersey credit. They're the kind of team that doesn't give you much, but we didn't respond."

Out since Dec. 30 Carey Price didn't play his best game, but the team wasn't much help either.

The Habs have a four-day break because of the All-Star break. Their next game will be against Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday and the Florida Panthers Thursday.