Having not won in New Jersey since 2002, the Montreal Canadiens were hoping for a fresh start against the Devils in their new arena.
Unfortunately for the Habs, Martin Brodeur is still between the pipes for the Devils—and posted his eighth career shutout against his hometown team on Friday night.
The Canadiens took control of the game in the first period, firing 16 shots at Brodeur. They failed to score, though—despite three power-play chances.
With under a minute to play in the period, Patrice Brisebois juggled a pass from Roman Hamrlik, only to be stripped by Zach Parise, who raced down the ice to beat Carey Price on a breakaway.
Parise struck again on a rebound shot during a Devils power play in the second period.
After a bizarre two-man, double-high-sticking minor call against the Canadiens, Parise struck again, and was followed shortly after by Brian Gionta.
Brodeur stopped 27 shots and improved his career record against the Canadiens to 34-12-5. Price stopped 25 of 29 in a losing cause.
Three Stars: 1. Zach Parise 2. Martin Brodeur 3. Brian Gionta