MONTREAL - Zach Parise scored on a power play 31 seconds into overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a hard-fought 2-1 NHL victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
It was the second overtime win in a row for the Devils (14-8-2), who edged the Flyers in Philadelphia 3-2 Thursday night. Jamie Langenbrunner also scored for New Jersey, which has won seven of its last eight games despite the absence of injured star goaltender Martin Brodeur.
Rookie Matt D'Agostini scored for Montreal (15-6-5), which saw its three-game home winning streak come to an end.
It was the first time since Feb. 1, 1997 that Brodeur, out for up to four months after elbow surgery, was not in goal for New Jersey in a game against the Canadiens, but they struggled just as much to beat the man called up from the minors to replace him, Scott Clemmensen.
Clemmensen gave up some generous rebounds, but Montreal couldn't beat him until he dropped Andrei Markov's soft point shot. D'Agostini was on the doorstep to knock it in at 15:35, giving him three goals in four games since he was called up from the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.
The Devils tied it up at 4:05 of the second period, after Langenbrunner tipped the puck past Markov and elected to shoot on the resulting two-on-one. His long blast trickled between Carey Price's pads for his fourth of the season.
Price then made a smart glove save on a blast from directly in front by Patrick Elias to send the teams into the third period tied 1-1.
The Devils outshot Montreal 11-4 in the third, but Price was solid and the game went into overtime.
Parise was alone to Price's right and had an open net to fire in his 15th of the season in OT, with Alex Kovalev serving a tripping minor.
Canadiens assistant coach Doug Jarvis was back behind the bench after taking time off to be with his ailing father.
Notes - Montreal made no changes, so Sergei Kostitsyn, Guillaume Latendresse and Ryan O'Byrne sat out. . . Injured defenceman Mike Komisarek was behind the bench for a fourth consecutive game. As Montreal won the first three, coach Guy Carbonneau considers him a good luck charm. Carbonneau added Komisarek may like coaching but "I don't think he wants to be paid like a coach." . . . Devils centre Bobby Holik returned from a broken finger in his right hand suffered on Oct. 18. The 36-year-old Holik is curious to see if his former linemate Claude Lemieux succeeds in his comeback attempt at 43. When asked if the intense Lemieux compares with NHL bad boy Sean Avery, Holik said: "They should not be mentioned in the same sentence, ever. And Sean Avery shouldn't be mentioned, period."