The Devils honored former goaltending coach Jacques Caron in a pregame ceremony, but that wasn’t their problem.
It was the lack of offense that doomed the Devils in their 2-1 loss to the Canadiens Saturday night at the Prudential Center.
Johan Hedberg had another strong outing, stopping 20 shots for the Devils, but his teammates did him no favors, scoring one goal for the second consecutive night.
“We were playing a solid team,” Hedberg said. “They were very tight. It’s hard to get any good chances at them. “Figured that [this] was [going to be] one of those games that was going to come down to one goal, one bounce here and there.”
That bounce came in the third period after a Devils turnover in their own end when Tomas Plekanec redirected a shot by Jarred Tinordi for the game-winner.
“It’s a tough one to swallow, but their goalie played well,” said Ilya Kovalchuk, who had the Devils’ best chance to score the go-ahead goal after his shorthanded shot hit the crossbar in the second period. “We couldn’t get a couple of goals.”
Devils fall to Canadiens
New York Post | Mar 17