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It's 2-2 heading into the 3rd period.

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Dustin Tokarski was beat on the 8th shot attempt of the second period by the Devils, only 4:37 in, on a tip-in from Reid Boucher to tie the game 2-2. The Devils would jump to a 22-14 CF advantage by the midway point in the game, stringing together 7 shot attempts in 1:32 to break through on the tying goal.

Ex-Hab fan favourite Scott Gomez would factor into the game. He didn't take too kindly to a hit from Alexei Emelin, who continues to improve with each game since returning from injury. Emelin's hit woke up Gomez's legendary sneakiness, as he tried to get away with a quick, nasty elbow to Emelin's face. Gomez was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct. To his credit, it will be the first time Scott Gomez appears on the Sportscenter highlights in a very long time.

The Habs did not do much on the 5 minute powerplay, and will left this game to be decided in the 3rd period. The Habs and Devils are playing a tight game, with offensive output being below average for both teams at 25-23 CF for the Devils.

Scoring Summary

1ST PERIOD
09:51 NJD Stefan Matteau (1) Snap shot - ASST: Adam Larsson (21), Andy Greene (19) 1 - 0 NJD
14:39 MTL PPG - Tomas Plekanec (23) Snap shot - ASST: Sergei Gonchar (13), Brendan Gallagher(23) 1 - 1 Tie
16:42 MTL Jeff Petry (7) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 2 - 1 MTL
2ND PERIOD
04:37 NJD Reid Boucher (1) Snap shot - ASST: Jon Merrill (12), Steve Bernier (15) 2 - 2 Tie

Penalty Summary

1ST PERIOD
14:32 NJD Jon Merrill Interference  - 2 min against  Manny Malhotra
2ND PERIOD
08:40 NJD Adam Larsson Holding  - 2 min against  Tomas Plekanec
12:12 MTL Alex Galchenyuk Interference  - 2 min against  Tuomo Ruutu
14:38 NJD Scott Gomez served by Steve Bernier Elbowing (maj)  - 5 min against  Alexei Emelin
14:38 NJD Scott Gomez Game misconduct  - 10 min

Shots

PERIOD MTL NJD
1st 8 5
2nd 9 9
Total 17 14

Team Stats

CATEGORY MTL NJD
Power Plays 1/3 0/1
Hits 8 14
Faceoff Wins 17 18
Giveaways 3 9
Takeaways 4 3
Blocked Shots 10 2
Penalty Minutes 2 19