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If the New Jersey Devils are dominating a team over a few seasons, it is a safe assumption that Martin Brodeur has played a big role in that success. That has certainly been the case against the Montreal Canadiens.

Brodeur and the Devils (28-17-3) seek their 10th straight win against the Canadiens (25-15-8) when the teams play their final game before the All-Star break Thursday night at the Prudential Center.

New Jersey continued its mastery of Montreal with a 4-0 home victory on Nov. 30 as Zach Parise recorded his first career hat trick in support of Brodeur's 27-save performance.

It was the Devils' ninth consecutive win over the Canadiens, who are 0-8-1 in the series since a 3-2 victory on March 20, 2004. New Jersey has outscored Montreal 33-16 in those nine wins.

Brodeur has started every game during the win streak, posting a 1.76 goals-against average and two shutouts. He has been nearly perfect in his last five starts against the Canadiens, giving up four goals in over 304 minutes for a 0.79 GAA.

In 51 games against his hometown team, the three-time Vezina Trophy winner is 34-12-0 with five ties, a 1.74 GAA and eight shutouts.

Brodeur made 24 saves and defenseman Johnny Oduya had the best game of his career with a goal and three assists in New Jersey's 7-3 victory at Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Patrik Elias and Parise each scored twice for the Devils, who matched a team record with five power-play goals after they were 0-for-15 with the man advantage in their previous four games.

"It seems like always we have been struggling on the power play," said Oduya, who had his first multi-point game. "I think we played pretty good at times but tonight we got the bounces early on there to get some goals."

New Jersey has won five of seven to move into first place in the Atlantic Division.

"We put pucks on net, we directed pucks toward the net, and we had guys around the net," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "We moved the puck well, we got some rebounds, we got some screen shots and we made the most of our opportunities. We created chances by going to the net and we scored some goals in areas we need to score some goals in."

The seven goals were a season-high for the Devils, who are among the league's lowest-scoring teams with 122 goals in 48 games.

Montreal is coming off a lopsided win of its own, 8-2 over visiting Boston on Tuesday.

Andrei Kostitsyn had a pair of goals and Mark Streit added three assists for the Canadiens, who rebounded from Saturday's 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh with their biggest offensive output of the season.

"We had a couple of good bounces to start off and all of a sudden it was 4-1," said goaltender Cristobal Huet, who made 29 saves. "We played great and everything went our way. We had good bounces but we worked for it. The guys were putting everything in tonight."

With their third win in four games, the Canadiens pulled within six points of slumping Ottawa for the Northeast Division lead.

Huet has never beaten the Devils, going 0-6-0 with a 3.29 GAA. In his only career start at New Jersey on Feb. 14, he allowed three goals on 20 shots before being pulled in the second period of a 5-2 loss.



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The stats are scary. Marty just loves to beat us. I hope we reverse the trend.
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The stats are just scary. Cris is 0-6-0 against them and marty is 34-12-5 against us. So I think the game will either be 2-1 or 6-5. Just not sure which way

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I'm looking for the habs to come out with confidence and pound new jersey. Yeah, i said it, pound them. I may be wrong, but i think with the chemistry we have on the team, a new found energy on the team after last game, they may make it a point to show everyone that these are NOT the same habs that we've seen for the past 10+ years. It would be a major indicator indeed.

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well Thursday is my birthday, so all i can do is wish for a win. But i mean come on Jersey has our number just as we have the Bruins number, and we all saw the score last night.

Teams have trends of beating other teams

We own Boston

New Jerseys Owns us

Washington Beat Ottawa all 4 times this season

The Islanders have beat New Jersey 5 straight times

The Sens Own the Leafs

St. Louis Owns Vancouver

Toronto Owns Atlanta, and Atlanta Owns Boston.

For some reason this is the way things are. I can't explain it but thats it. I hope and pray we can beat them for my birthday, But hey the stats speak for them self

GO HABS GO!

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Unfortunately the Habs can't afford to lose many games with the parity right now so they have to go with the hot goalie right now. With New Jersey it's even worse because they always beat the Habs.

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Unfortunately the Habs can't afford to lose many games with the parity right now so they have to go with the hot goalie right now. With New Jersey it's even worse because they always beat the Habs.

WE havnt beat the devils since 2002. But after last nights huge win...the momentum could carry over and these guys maybe pumped. Im not saying we will win but im saying if i was to ever bet on them to win.. this would be it.

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Can the Habs beat the Devils? If the team we saw last night shows up they can, if not, could be a long night. But the Devils will be facing a different Habs team than the ones they faced since 2002, so a lot of that really means nothing. If this team wants to win, they have shown that they have the skills to do so.

GO HABS GO

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What's the point of even going to NJ? We're 1-21-4 since Oct. 26, 1993 (TSN) :o

I hate Marty Brodeur. :lol: God Damnit.

thats why I have been advocating punching Brodeur in the throat for years now :lol: I say we send Kostoplous out, have him get close and and just jab him under the neck guard. Then we have a better chance of winning. ;)

Honestly, I could see us winnign this game. Will we? probably not. If we get one win tomorrow I will be happy, if we get 2 I will be dancing and smiling for days :D

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I think the Canadiens have lost a lot of close games at times late or ot and at times have been blanked against jersey , The one thing i think they must do for any success is rattle Brodeur let him smell some Begins, Lats,Kotsoplos farts in front of the net with screens , bump, nudge get him off his game . TRAFFIC AND MANY SHOTSI think the Canadiens have lost a lot of close games at times late or ot and at times have been blanked against jersey , The one thing i think they must do for any success is rattle Brodeur let him smell some Begins, Lats,Kotsoplos farts in front of the net with screens , bump, nudge get him off his game . TRAFFIC AND MANY SHOTS

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i think the team that scores the first goal will win. lets just hope the habs dont get cocky now and hopefully huet will be on top of his game.

maybe we should play halak and give huet a break?

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i think the team that scores the first goal will win. lets just hope the habs dont get cocky now and hopefully huet will be on top of his game.

maybe we should play halak and give huet a break?

Can we give zach parise a sedative before the game?

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It has been announced that Huet and Halak will both be in net tomorrow night.

Early this morning they both had conjoint surgery, and will from this point on will be know as...

HULAK!!! :lol:

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Time to be confident and say....MONTREAL DEFEATS THE DEVILS!

They are playing good, and if they can get the first goal, they have a great chance of winning. If they don't get the first goal, tie up the game and get overtime!

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