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Scott Clemmensen stops 33 shots as Devils beat Canadiens 4-1

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NEWARK, N.J. - Scott Clemmensen made 33 saves, Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had a goal and an assist, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Friday night.

Brian Gionta and John Madden also scored for the Devils, winners of three of their last four games. Max Pacioretty scored in his NHL debut for Montreal, which had won three straight

The Canadiens entered the game missing a lengthy list of injured players: Carey Price, Alex Tanguay, Christopher Higgins, Saku Koivu, Georges Laraque and Mathieu Dandenault.

With Price sidelined, Jaroslav Halak made his first appearance in goal against New Jersey. He lasted two periods, giving up three goals on 22 shots. Marc Denis finished up for Montreal.

Gionta and Parise scored first-period goals as the Devils took a 2-1 lead. Gionta opened the scoring at 14:21 with a hard drive from the top of the right circle.

Pacioretty celebrated his NHL debut by zipping around Devils defenceman Andy Greene to beat Clemmensen at 16:30, tying the score at 1.

Parise restored the Devils lead with 1:35 remaining as New Jersey cashed in on Montreal defenceman Andrei Markov's turnover in his own zone. Parise, on a feed from Langenbrunner, beat Halak from the bottom of the right circle for his team-leading 22nd goal.

In the second, Madden put New Jersey up 3-1 at 11:11.

Parise returned the favour at 13:11 of the third, threading a pass to Langenbrunner in the slot for the goal that put New Jersey ahead 4-1.

Notes: Martin Brodeur has begun off-ice workouts as part of his recuperation from biceps surgery. The Devils hope to have him back in goal in February or March. Clemmensen, assuming the bulk of the workload in his absence, made a 10th straight start. ... Montreal called up Denis, Pacioretty and Kyle Chipchura and Yannick Weber from Hamilton (AHL) on Thursday. Weber was the only one who did not dress against New Jersey ... Devils D Colin White missed a third-straight game with an upper body injury. ... Pacioretty was Montreal's first round pick in the 2007 draft. ... The game attracted 17,625, the Devils' third sellout of the season. The other two sellouts were visits by the New York Rangers.

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