Devils 3, Canadiens 1
Jan. 25, 1998
MONTREAL (AP) _ Lyle Odelein and Bobby Holik gave New Jersey a two-goal lead as the Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 Sunday and added to their lead in the Eastern Conference.
Outstanding goaltending from Montreal's Andy Moog kept the score close as the Devils outshot Montreal 41-20 and improved to 3-0 against the Canadiens this season. Mark Recchi pulled Montreal within a goal when he scored at 12:41 of the third period.
With New Jersey leading 2-0 in the final period, Krzystof Oliwa let a high pass drop loose in the slot, allowing Recchi to score his 24th goal of the season. Brian Rolston scored an empty-net goal with 20 seconds left.
Odelein's point shot was deflected into the short side by Montreal defenseman Stephane Quintal, who was battling Holik for position in front of the net at 14:36 of the first period.
Holik got his 22nd goal at 16:28 of the second when his shot his a post and went in.
The Devils (31-15-4) have a three-point lead over idle Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference standings, but the Flyers have played two fewer games. New Jersey, coming off a 3-3 tie at the Rangers on Saturday, go to Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Ottawa to complete a six-game road trip, their longest of the season.
For the second straight day, the Canadiens were without two-thirds of their top line as Saku Koivu sat out with a rib injury and Shayne Corson was sidelined with a hip flexor. Both are day-to-day and may be back for Thursday night's game at Philadelphia.
Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was shaken up in the second period when Mark Recchi's skate caught him on the mask as Doug Bodger dumped the Canadiens' winger in the crease. Brodeur showed no ill effects the rest of the game.