MONTREAL — Andrei Markov scored a power-play goal at 4:22 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils Sunday night at the Bell Centre.
Erik Cole, who assisted on the game-winner, gave Montreal the advantage when he drove hard to the net and drew a penalty from Andy Greene with 58.1 seconds remaining in the e
The Devils clawed their way back into the game with two third-period goals after falling behind 3-1.
New Jersey took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play as David Clarkson scored at 5:23 to cut the Montreal lead to one goal. The Canadiens found themselves short when Alex Galchenyuk and Brandon Prust both went off for high-sticking at 4:32.
Former Hab Dainus Zubrus pulled the Devils even with a goal at 13:02 of the third.
The Canadiens dominated the first period as they outshot the Devils 15-6.
Ryan White opened the scoring when Martin Brodeur had trouble handling Alexei Emelin's shot from the right point. He left a rebound and White came in from the left wing and scored on a backhander at 2:25.
And Galchenyuk strengthened his case for full-time employment in the NHL as he displayed his two-way skills in collecting two assists.
Galchenyuk set up fellow rookie Brendan Gallagher to extend the Canadiens' lead to 2-0 at 13:35 of the first period. That goal came after Galchenyuk won a battle for the puck in the neutral zone.
Patrik Elias scored at 3:26 of the second period to cut the Montreal lead to one goal.
He then reached above his head to knock down a clearing pass at the blueline and fed the puck ahead to Brandon Prust, whose goal at the two-minute mark of the third period gave Montreal its short-lived 3-1 lead.
It was the Canadiens' first win over the Devils at the Bell Centre since March 11, 2008 when Montreal won 4-0. The Devils had won eight in a row, with Brodeur in goal for seven of those wins.
Lars Eller played with David Desharnais and Erik Cole in place of Max Pacioretty, who is out 3-4 weeks after undergoing an appendectomy on Saturday. There was also a change on defence as Yannick Weber made his season debut in place of Tomas Kaberle, who is day-to-day after being hit in the face by a puck in practice Saturday.
The Canadiens face their first back-to-back games this week when they are home to the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday (7:30 p.m., TSN-Habs, RDS, TSN-690 Radio) and then travel to Ottawa Wednesday to play the Senators (7 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN-690 Radio).
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Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov is congratulated by teammates right wing Erik Cole and center David Desharnais after Markov scored the game-winning goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur in overtime at the Bell Centre Sunday night.
Photograph by: Dave Sidaway, The Gazette