Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Al Montoya Earns Shutout with 24 Saves as Winnipeg Beats New Jersey 3-0

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Al Montoya Earns Shutout with 24 Saves as Winnipeg Beats New Jersey 3-0

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Al Montoya helps Jets shut out Devils

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WINNIPEG - Al Montoya made his case for more time in the Winnipeg net after watching the Jets' first five games from the bench.

The Jets' backup goaltender had 24 saves for a shutout as Winnipeg beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on Sunday.

Montoya said he was only as good as his team's willingness to play defence.

"The team was communicating with me and really letting me see the puck," said Montoya.

"It's forwards coming back to help out the (defencemen), (defencemen) coming back to help out the goalie. Selflessness out there -- that's what we want our identity to be."

Evander Kane scored twice and Andrew Ladd added a goal in the final minute for the Jets as they snapped a three-game losing streak to get back to .500. The Devils are now winless in six games to open the season.

Montoya was rarely under siege, but controlled rebounds well and showed poise handling the puck.

Montoya started only five games in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season as No. 1 netminder Ondrej Pavelec was near the top of the league in games played and shots faced.

"It's not an easy game to play when you watch your team play five and you're under the gun," said Jets coach Claude Noel. "(There was) a lot of pressure on Al. I thought he handled it superbly."

Kane opened the scoring for Winnipeg (3-3-0) early in the second period when he carried the puck the length of the ice and banked it off the leg of Devils defenceman Andy Greene and past goalie Cory Schneider.

Schneider said he got a piece of the puck with his stick, but couldn't react quickly enough after it bounced off Greene.

"They got the bounce to get the winning goal, and we didn't," Schneider said. "We've just got to find a way. I was good tonight, but he just made that one extra save."

The game winner came after an unsuccessful two-man advantage for New Jersey (0-3-3) that head coach Pete DeBoer saw as the game's key moment.

"If we score I think it's a different game," DeBoer said. "We've got to generate something there. We didn't work hard enough to create enough offensive opportunities."

Montoya's best save came in the second period, when he stopped Patrik Elias point blank after a turnover in the neutral zone. …

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