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NJD@MTL: Postgame

Habs win streak ends at three

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Steven Nechay @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

The Canadiens dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Devils on Saturday, but picked up at least a point for a sixth-consecutive game.

Fresh off his call-up from the Laval Rocket in the AHL, Charles Hudon made sure not to be short of any sticks for his Bell Centre return.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Re-bienvenue au Centre Bell, Charles!Welcome back to the Bell Centre, Charles!#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/58JlssTdIU

Jeff Petry meanwhile enjoyed a pregame fam jam before hitting the ice for warmups. His boys Boyd and Barrett caught up with Brendan Gallagher by the team dressing room.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Petite r��union de famille des Petry (et Gally) avant le match. 🥺Petry sure this is the cutest thing we'll see today.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/h3C9sLaYIT

A very special guest was likewise on-hand, in new Montreal Impact coach Thierry Henry. The former Arsenal legend was presented to the Bell Centre crowd during a TV timeout in the first.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Bienvenue chez nous, @ThierryHenry! ���Welcome to Montreal, Thierry!#GoHabsGo | #IMFC @impactmontreal pic.twitter.com/gx6yIPVsjW

On the ice, Gallagher opened the scoring by deflecting a Petry one-timer past Devils netminder Mackenzie Blackwood. Tomas Tatar earned an assist on the play to extend his point streak to four games, and become the first Hab to hit 20 points this season. The 28-year-old also suited up for his 100th game as a Hab.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Brendan Gallagher et les d��viations devant le but; nommez-nous un meilleur duo.Brendan Gallagher and goal-front deflections; name us a better duo.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/bi4odKsNkm

Nikita Gusev replied with 19 seconds remaining in the opening frame to head into the break 1-1.

Keith Kinkaid was brilliant in his first start at the Bell Centre as a Hab, stopping 19 of 20 shots he faced against his former team.

Cale Fleury retook the Canadiens lead 7:43 into the second with a gorgeous goal for his first in the NHL. Phillip Danault's helper on the tally extended his point streak to three games.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Toute une fa��on de marquer ton premier dans la LNH, Cale! 😱What a way to score you first NHL goal, Cale!#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/ekRra3qBaw

The Habs took advantage of a 5-on-3 to double the lead in the middle frame. Nick Suzuki put a nice dish from Max Domi past Blackwood for his fifth of the season, and second in as many games. Captain Shea Weber's assist on the play extended his point streak to six games.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Quoi de mieux qu���un but par une recrue ce soir? Deux buts par des recrues.What's better than one rookie goal tonight? Two rookie goals.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/Iaqcn8egzM

But the Devils replied late again, as Nico Hischier pulled New Jersey within one with 1.1 to go in the period.

Wayne Simmonds then capitalized on the man advantage in the third to make it a brand new hockey game with under 5:00 to go, eventually sending both teams to OT.

Kyle Palmieri sealed the deal for New Jersey on the power play in extra time.

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