Caufield breaks tie late in third period to lift Canadiens over Devils
“When this team is at its best, what are you doing well? We’re on top of people,” Caufield said. “Our forecheck is probably the biggest factor of how we’re playing and I liked what we did today. Every team is different and you pre-scout every team differently, but I like the way that we’re kind of dialed in no matter who we’re playing against after squandering a two-goal lead.”
“It’s an emotional low of the game for us, obviously, not being able to kill the four-minute penalty,” Montreal coach Martin St. Louis said. “They had momentum right after the two goals, the crowd got behind them. I felt then we had, we took it upon ourselves to make a push and we did.”
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“We battled back tonight and then we shot ourselves in the foot, allowing a goal with about five minutes left in the period,” said forward Timo Meier, who returned to the lineup after missing six games. “It was one of those small little details where we didn’t execute, and that’s what cost you games.”
New Jersey didn't score in the final 45 seconds of the period, but Hughes and Holtz connected on the power play to tie the game.
Hughes' shot from the point appeared to deflect off the leg of Montreal forward Jake Evans past Montembeault. Holtz got his 11th of the season on a shot from the top of the left circle.
The Canadiens scored first when Daws made a mistake playing the puck and it led to Caufield setting up Slafkovsky in front. It was his sixth goal of the season and second in two games.
Roy, a fifth-round draft pick in 2021 who was playing his third NHL game, doubled the margin with a slam dunk in front after being set up by Monahan. It was his first NHL goal and Monahan was quick to grab the puck for the 20-year-old.
Canadiens: Play at Ottawa on Thursday.
Devils: Play at Columbus on Friday.
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