Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils Have Answer at Bell

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils Have Answer at Bell

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MONTREAL - These Devils never give up.

Down by two goals midway through the third period to the NHL's top team, the Devils rallied for a 3-2 win in overtime over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at Bell Centre.

John Moore scored the winning goal 2:32 into the 3-on-3 overtime, jamming his own rebound in under goaltender Mike Condon's left pad on a 2-on-1 rush with Adam Henrique. With the win, the Devils earned three of a possible four points in the home-and-home series with the first-overall Canadiens.

The Canadiens won, 3-2, in a shootout Friday night at Prudential Center.

The Devils rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime by scoring twice in the final 8:59 of regulation. Kyle Palmieri scored the equalizer with just 21.8 seconds left in the third period. With goaltender Cory Schneider on the bench for a sixth attacker, Palmier blasted a left-circle shot through Adam Henrique's screen in front and past goaltender Condon's catching glove.

Alex Galchenyuk had staked Montreal to the 2-0 lead. Patrik Elias broke up Condon's shutout bid with his deflection goal with 8:59 remaining in the third period. Elias tipped Adam Larsson's right- point shot down and between Condon's pads for his first of the season.

Elias, who was playing just his third game since returning from a right knee injury that kept him out for the first 20 games, had replaced Sergey Kalinin on the second line with Travis Zajac and Palmieri with Devils coach John Hynes desperately searching for some offense with his team down 2-0.

Schneider did his part by making 30 saves.

Schneider previously had never played at Bell Centre. In fact, it was the last of the 30 active NHL arenas that he had never played in.

During his years in Vancouver, Schneider shared the net with Roberto Luongo, who always played in his hometown of Montreal. It was the same situation when he joined the Devils for the 2013-14 with Martin Brodeur.

Last season, the Devils visited Bell Centre only once and it was the second game of a back-to-back in which Schneider played the first game, so Keith Kinkaid got the call and took the loss in a 6- 2 defeat Feb. …

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