NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Devils will miss the playoffs for the first time since 1996.
Mathieu Darche scored twice, Carey Price made 20 saves and the Montreal Canadiens ended the Devils' run of making the last 13 playoffs with a 3-1 victory on Saturday night.
P.K. Subban also scored and former Devils star Brian Gionta set up both of Darche's goals as the Canadiens inched closer to clinching a playoff berth with their second win in six games.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored for the Devils with 5:59 to play, preventing Carey Price from posting his ninth shutout of the season.
This will mark only the third time in the last 23 seasons that the Devils have missed the playoffs.