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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Zach Parise downplayed his first three-goal game.
"It was just one of the those nights," Parise said. "Sometimes you get the bounces. Sometimes you play a great game and have nothing to show for it."
Parise sparked the offense, Martin Brodeur made 27 saves for his 94th shutout and New Jersey Devils extended their winning streak to six with a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.
Brodeur was pleased to see Parise's efforts rewarded.
"He's been play well lately," Brodeur said. "He's Johnny on the spot. He puts himself in good positions to score goals. Right now, he has the hot stick. Let's hope it keeps up."
Parise had a goal in every period to raise his team-leading total to 12. He also assisted on Brian Gionta's power-play goal in the third to help the Devils beat the Canadiens for the ninth straight time.
Parise opened the scoring with 34.2 seconds remaining in the first on a play that started when a cross-ice pass hopped over Montreal defenseman Patrice Brisebois' stick. Parise broke into the Montreal zone and slipped a backhander past Carey Price.
Brodeur was stellar early in the opening period when the Devils picked up three quick penalties. He turned aside Tomas Plekanec's drive off the right wing, made a solid stop on Mark Streit's slapper from the point and denied Saku Koivu's backhander in the slot to keep the game scoreless.
Aided by the power plays, Montreal had 13 of the first 14 shots.
"After that flurry, we took over the game," Brodeur said. "We were able to get through it. Then we got a break to score a goal and that was big."
In the second, Parise gave the Devils a two-goal cushion with a power-play goal at 13:10.
The Canadiens wound up penalty trouble in the third when Guillaume Latendresse and Kyle Chipchura picked up concurrent double-minor penalties for high-sticking at 5:48. The Devils cashed in twice on the extended 5-on-3, getting goals from Parise at 6:22 and Gionta at 7:49
"They got a few bounces that maybe we didn't," Price said. "They had pucks on their sticks looking at open nets a couple of times. That's part of the game."
Notes: Devils ironman Jay Pandolfo missed the game because of a groin injury, ending his streak of consecutive games at 307. ... Montreal native Brodeur is 34-12-5 against the Canadiens.
|Zach Parise (10) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE|
1 - 0 NJD
|PPG - Zach Parise (11) Snap shot - ASST: Brian Gionta (10), Travis Zajac (9)|
2 - 0 NJD
|PPG - Zach Parise (12) Snap shot - ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (8), Paul Martin (9)|
3 - 0 NJD
|PPG - Brian Gionta (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Zach Parise (16), Jamie Langenbrunner (9)|
4 - 0 NJD
|Karel Rachunek Hooking against Guillaume Latendresse|
|Dainius Zubrus Holding the stick against Kyle Chipchura|
|Karel Rachunek Tripping against Guillaume Latendresse|
|Roman Hamrlik Tripping against Rod Pelley|
|Jamie Langenbrunner Tripping against Alex Kovalev|
|Saku Koivu Interference on goalkeeper against Martin Brodeur|
|Guillaume Latendresse Hi stick - double minor against Mike Mottau|
|Kyle Chipchura Hi stick - double minor against John Madden|
|Jamie Langenbrunner Holding against Alex Kovalev|