Overtime!: Habs loses opening game of 2009.
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Friday, January 02, 2009

Habs loses opening game of 2009.

The Montreal Canadiens completed a four-game road trip with a game versus the New Jersey Devils. The Canadiens had won their first three games of the trip but looked a bit tired in this one resulting in a 4-1 loss.

Jaroslav Halak was in net for Montreal replacing an injured Carey Price. The young Slovak goaltender was not in the zone as he looked a bit weak on at least two goals. Marc Denis replaced Halak after the second period with the score at 3-1 for the Devils.

The only good news for Montreal came from rookie Max Pacioretty who scored his very first NHL goal during his first NHL game. A great wrist shot coming off the wing beated Scott Clemmensen who played very well in net for the Devils.

Once again, Montreal's man-advantage did not bail out the team. The slim production of the team working with the power play is really becoming a concern for head coach Guy Carbonneau.

(Picture: John Madden and the Devils bench. Canadian Press.)

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