MONTREAL — Blake Coleman had two goals and two assists and the Devils handed the Canadiens their sixth straight loss, 6-4, Thursday night.
Travis Zajac, Miles Wood, Jesper Boqvist and Damon Severson also scored and Nikita Gusev had three assists for his first career multi-point game. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 44 shots to help the Devils beat Montreal for the seventh straight game.
Four of New Jersey’s goals came off odd-man rushes or breakaways.
“They were aggressive, they were pinching,” Devils forward Taylor Hall said. “With their game lately, they were going to be a little overzealous to get in and pinch. If you can beat that fore-check, that pressure, there are going to be odd-man rushes.”
Brendan Gallagher, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Joel Armia and Artturi Lehkonen scored for Montreal. The Canadiens are 0-4-2 on the skid that began Nov. 16 with an overtime loss to the Devils at Bell Centre. They have conceded at least four goals in five of their past six games.
P.K. Subban was playing his seventh game against his former team. The New Jersey defenseman got into a brief altercation with Gallagher in the third period, trading punches after the whistle.
Boqvist gave the Devils a 4-3 lead midway through the second period, beating Carey Price off a rebound.
Severson made it 5-3 at 8:21 of the third with a shot to the top corner on an odd-man rush. Price smashed his stick on the crossbar in frustration.
Lehkonen scored 16 later for Montreal, and Coleman added an empty-netter with 1:16 left.
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