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Canadiens, with Condon, rally to defeat Devils

by Mike G. Morreale /

NEWARK, N.J. -- Sven Andrighetto scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.

Andrighetto and Alex Galchenyuk scored in regulation for the Canadiens (18-4-2), who trailed 2-0 but won their fourth straight game.

"I had an idea of what I was going to do [in the shootout], but I was also reading off the goalie as well," said Andrighetto, who scored his first NHL shootout goal. "I saw he gave me the side so I took the shot."

Mike Condon, who is again Montreal's No. 1 goalie for at least one week while Carey Price recovers from a lower-body injury, made 25 saves. Condon stopped Patrik Elias with his right pad after Andrighetto's shootout goal to clinch the victory.

"He's good and he's worked hard at his game," Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban said of Condon. "It's just what he does. He's got to stop the puck, and it doesn't matter how you do it. Everybody has a challenge and he does a good job at his."

Condon is 6-2-2 playing while Price is injured this season.

"It's a huge win," said Condon, 8-2-2 overall. "It's not just about one guy, it's about everybody, and there were good contributions in the shootout and we stuck with it when we were down. That's a key part of our game."

Adam Henrique and Lee Stempniak scored for the Devils (11-9-2), who lost for the fourth time in five games. Stempniak hit the post in the bottom of the third round of the shootout.

Devils goalie Cory Schneider made 25 saves and allowed a shootout goal to Galchenyuk in the first round. Schneider said after the game that Galchenyuk's shootout shot hit the crossbar and then him before going into the net.

"It's not the way we drew it up, but it's 60 minutes and you have to play hard," Subban said. "I don't know if you want to be getting down 2-0 and battling back, but we seem to find ways to win and get ourselves back into hockey games, so that's important."

The Devils and Canadiens play the second of a home-and-home on Saturday at Bell Centre in Montreal (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, CITY, MSG). Neither Devils coach John Hynes nor Canadiens coach Michel Therrien revealed his starting goaltender for Saturday.

Galchenyuk tied it 2-2 11:14 into the third period when he split Devils defensemen Andy Greene and Adam Larsson before breaking in on Schneider and scoring off his backhand. Montreal outshot the Devils 13-5 in the third period and overtime.

"I think me and Andy got caught there, and that just can't happen at that time in the game," Larsson said. "Unfortunately it did. We got one point but have to regroup for [Saturday]."

Galchenyuk, who has been centering the third line between Andrighetto and Lars Eller of late, scored his breakaway goal skating with Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec.

"We put him on the right side [on the goal] but that doesn't mean he's going to be a right wing," Therrien said. "We still think he is a good center."

Galchenyuk said, "The last couple of games I've paid more attention to my offensive game and have tried to go out there and just play my game, relax and have fun. I've tried to make plays and it definitely has helped."

Andrighetto made it 2-1 15:17 into the second period off a shot from the right circle that beat Schneider to the short side.

The Devils denied the Canadiens on four power-play opportunities. Montreal entered the game ranked third in the League with the man-advantage; New Jersey ranked seventh on the penalty kill.

"We need better starts, but good teams find ways to win," Subban said. "Obviously there are some things we want to clean up; we need to be more consistent. But compared to last year, we've been a lot more consistent in terms of how we're playing night in and night out, so we want that to continue."

Stempniak, who sustained a right-foot injury and is questionable for Saturday, scored a power-play goal to give the Devils a 2-0 lead 9:06 into the second. With Subban serving a tripping penalty, Elias feathered a pass to Mike Cammalleri, who found Stempniak in the slot. The first attempt was blocked by Condon before Stempniak jammed in the rebound.

The assist was Elias' first point in two games this season. He returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing the first 20 games with a right-knee injury.

Henrique extended his goal streak to three games when he finished a give-and-go with John Moore with a tip at the right post 1:09 into the second period.

Canadiens right wing Bud Holloway made his NHL debut. Holloway, 27, spent the past four seasons in Europe with Sweden and most recently in Switzerland for SC Bern. He replaced Alexander Semin (lower body) in the lineup, playing on the fourth line with Brian Flynn and Paul Byron. Holloway, who was selected in the third round (No. 86) of the 2006 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens on July 1, 2015. Holloway played 7:19 and took one shot on goal.

Right wing Tyler Kennedy, who earlier in the day signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Devils, made his debut with New Jersey on the fourth line with Bobby Farnham and Stephen Gionta. Kennedy played 6:51 and took one shot on goal.

"I thought our team stuck with it and competed real hard and we found a way to get a point," Hynes said. "We would have liked to have two points, but we've got to find a way to be better [Saturday] and see if we can find a way to get two points."

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