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New Jersey 6, Montreal 4
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, November 28, 2019
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Referees: Kendrick Nicholson, Garrett Rank
Linesmen: Derek Nansen, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: 20876

Blake Coleman scored twice and added two assists and Travis Zajac scored once in a three-point game to lead the visiting New Jersey Devils to a wild 6-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Devils forward Nikita Gusev recorded three assists in his first career multi-point game, goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood made 44 saves during a back-and-forth affair. New Jersey has won seven straight meetings with Montreal.

Carey Price made 29 saves for the Canadiens, who have lost six consecutive games.

Jesper Boqvist's goal broke a 3-3 deadlock at 11:28 of the second period. After Nico Hischier's shot off the rush was stopped, Boqvist pounced on the loose puck to put ahead his team for good.

New Jersey's Damon Severson netted the eventual game winner by burying a shot at 8:21 of the third period on one of New Jersey's many two-on-one rushes. Montreal's Artturi Lehonen scored 16 seconds later to pull his team within a goal.

Coleman's empty netter with 76 seconds remaining finished the scoring.

The Devils' first three leads all were erased. After Coleman opened the scoring by converting on a two-on-one rush with Gusev at the 7:19 mark of the first period, Brendan Gallagher tied the game 22 seconds later. Gallagher redirected a shot that Blackwood inadvertently kicked it into his own net.

Zajac put the visitors ahead again just 36 second after that, redirecting a bouncing puck sent his way by Gusev on an odd-man rush. Jesperi Kotkaniemi then tallied 1:40 into the second period to even the score again. Seconds after a Montreal power play had expired, Kotkaniemi was parked in the slot and slipped a five-hole shot into the net.

Miles Wood's goal 3:16 into the second period -- a breakaway tally he converted after being sprung by Pavel Zacha -- put New Jersey ahead again, before Joel Armia pulled the Canadiens even by zipping a wrist shot just inside the far post at the 9:02 mark to make it 3-3.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
New Jersey   Montreal
Blake Coleman 4 Points Jesperi Kotkaniemi 2
Blake Coleman 2 Goals Jesperi Kotkaniemi 1
Nikita Gusev 3 Assists Jesperi Kotkaniemi 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Mackenzie Blackwood .917 Save Percentage Carey Price .853
Mackenzie Blackwood 44 Saves Carey Price 29
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 35 6 0-3 2-2 4 28
Montreal 48 4 0-2 3-3 6 38
Upcoming Games
  • Montreal will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .417 after a win and .462 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play their next game at home against NY Rangers. The Devils have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .400 after a loss.