It was the first time since March 2008 that the Canadiens defeated the Devils in regulation at Bell Centre and if not for the combined efforts of goaltender Carey Price and defenseman P.K. Subban, there is a good chance that streak would have continued.
"We missed a couple of open-netters that their defensemen made great plays on," Martin Brodeur who is 44-19-6 against Montreal said following the loss. "At the end I think that made the difference."
The Devils out-shot their opponent 30-17 on their way to their first loss since a three game skid they broke with a win over Carolina on Friday night. Martin Brodeur made 14 saves in the effort but has now lost each of his last four starts.
Michael Ryder snapped an 11 game goal drought early in the third period, sniping one glove side past Price to tie the game. The goal against his former club was Ryder's sixth of the season. It was a weight off of Ryder's shoulders and a moment that gave the Devils reason to believe they were bound for yet another third period comeback.
Unfortunately for the Devils, Montreal would find a way to beat Brodeur just five minutes later, as Alex Galchenyuk tipped a shot from Alexei Emelin to take the regain the lead.
" It was a hard fought game. I thought we came to play. You couldn't ask much more from our group effort-wise," head coach Pete DeBoer said. "I'm disappointed we didn't get the result we deserved, but they found a way to exploit a couple of situations and put some pucks in the net."
The Devils will host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center in the first of two home games to be played in Newark this week.