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Associated Press
12/6/2006 11:01:56 PM


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The Devils always find a way to beat the Montreal Canadiens in New Jersey.

The Devils victimized the Canadiens, the NHL's top penalty killers, for a power-play goal with 7.3 seconds remaining in overtime for a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night.

Patrik Elias scored the winner as the Devils improved to 19-1 with four ties in their last 24 home games against Montreal.

Scott Gomez won a faceoff from Radek Bonk in the Montreal zone late in the extra session. Gomez nudged the puck to Elias, who sent it back to defenceman Brian Rafalski. Elias scrambled out to the point to take Rafalski's pass and beat David Aebischer with a shot under the crossbar.

''It was a good draw win by Scotty,'' Elias said. ''It took a couple of good passes to set me up for the one-timer.''

The power-play occurred when Canadiens defenceman Sheldon Souray hooked Johnny Oduya with 12 seconds remaining.

''That's a penalty I would take 100 times out of a 100,'' Souray said. ''I was trying to catch up to a 3-on-2 and get the guy's hands enough so he doesn't have a free shot.''

While Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau didn't question the penalty, he wasn't happy with what followed.

''Aebischer was really good tonight but I was more disappointed with the way we played in overtime,'' Carbonneau said. ''I have no problem with the penalty but I do with the reaction on the faceoff.''

Zach Parise scored with 5:48 left in regulation for the Devils, who are 10-1-1 at home.

Bonk scored for the Canadiens, who lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

On the tying goal, Gomez carried the puck through three zones before firing a shot at the Montreal net. While Devils forward Brian Gionta was tangled up with Souray, Parise pounced on the puck in the slot and scored his 10th goal.

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