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Devils get better of Canadiens

Associated Press / January 3, 2009
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Scott Clemmensen made 33 saves, Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had a goal and an assist, and the Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, last night in Newark, N.J.

Brian Gionta and John Madden also scored for the Devils, winners of three of their last four.

Continuing his strong play since Martin Brodeur went down with a biceps injury, Clemmensen again came up big for the Devils.

"This is a team that expects to come and win every night," said Clemmensen, the former Boston College standout.

Max Pacioretty scored in his NHL debut for Montreal, which had won three straight.

The Canadiens entered the game with a lengthy list of injured players: Carey Price, Alex Tanguay, Christopher Higgins, Saku Koivu, Georges Laraque, and Mathieu Dandenault.

With Price sidelined, Jaroslav Halak faced New Jersey for the first time. He lasted two periods, giving up three goals on 22 shots. Marc Denis finished up for Montreal.

Blue Jackets 6, Avalanche 1 - Kristian Huselius scored twice and Steve Mason won his fourth straight despite having his shutout streak halted at three games and visiting Columbus beat Colorado.

Mason's franchise-record shutout string was snapped by Darcy Tucker's goal late in the first period. Mason went 199 minutes 19 seconds between goals allowed. The 20-year-old rookie finished with 23 saves.

Flyers 5, Ducks 4 - Mike Richards scored the only goal in the shootout and assisted on goals by Ossi Vannanen, Braydon Coburn and Mike Knuble, leading visiting Philadelphia.

Martin Biron, who shut out Anaheim the last time the teams met Feb. 2 at Philadelphia, improved his career record against the Ducks to 8-0-0 with 23 saves.

Coyotes 5, Islanders 4 - Shane Doan and Olli Jokinen each scored and host Phoenix beat New York.

Doug Weight had a pair of assists for the Islanders to become the eighth American-born player to reach the 1,000-point mark.

Hurricanes 2, Blues 1 - Eric Staal scored his team-leading 18th goal, and Carolina handed St. Louis its seventh straight road loss.

Anton Babchuk scored to make it a two-goal game and Tuomo Ruutu and Sergei Samsonov had two assists apiece for the Hurricanes, who held on for their sixth win in nine games.

Thrashers 4, Canucks 3 - Eric Christensen scored the winner in an extra round of the shootout, and host Atlanta snapped a four-game skid.

Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves for Atlanta and turned back the final shootout bid by Daniel Sedin as the Thrashers won for the first time this season against a Western Conference team after five losses.

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