Elias Sets Devils Record in 5-3 Win Over Montreal
Patrik Elias scored twice, including his team-record 348th goal, and the New Jersey Devils spoiled Randy Cunneyworth’s NHL coaching debut with a 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Elias tied John MacLean’s franchise record with his 347th goal on a power play 5:05 into the second. He broke the record with his second tally of the game — and 13th of the season — to give New Jersey its third one-goal lead 1:31 into the third.
Cunneyworth took over behind the Montreal bench as the team’s interim head coach after Jacques Martin was fired earlier in the day.
Petr Sykora, who assisted on Elias’ record-breaking goal, David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus also scored for the Devils, who won their fourth in a row.
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