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Montreal slips past Devils

Kaberle gets two assists in debut

Associated Press / December 11, 2011
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Tomas Kaberle got off to a fast start with the Canadiens.

Acquired in a trade with Carolina Friday, the former Bruin had two assists in his debut, leading Montreal to a 2-1 victory over the Devils yesterday at Newark.

“I have to admit I was a little nervous at the start,’’ Kaberle said. “I had a new team with new teammates. I hadn’t practiced in two days. I had a long travel day.

“We went over some things in the hotel before the game at breakfast, but I wasn’t sure of what to expect.

“I just had to jump in right away and be ready. I just had to try to keep it simple.’’

The Canadiens snapped a two-game losing streak, while the Devils fell for the sixth time in eight games. It was only Montreal’s second win in eight games.

“You never expect to be traded,’’ said Kaberle, who also previously played for Toronto. “But I was happy it was Montreal. It’s a great organization, and when I played for the Leafs, it was always special to go to Montreal to play.’’

Wild 4, Coyotes 1 - Kyle Brodziak scored twice, Niklas Backstrom returned from a three-game absence to make 35 saves and NHL-leading Minnesota beat Phoenix to run its franchise-record road winning streak to seven games.

Dany Heatley also scored and Mikko Koivu added a goal and an assist for Minnesota.

Red Wings 7, Jets 1 - Jiri Hudler scored twice and Detroit routed Winnipeg for its ninth straight home victory.

Valtteri Filppula, Todd Bertuzzi, and Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist, and Chris Conner and Drew Miller also scored for Detroit. Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk each had two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 29 saves.

Penguins 6, Islanders 3 - James Neal scored twice and Pascal Dupuis had the go-ahead goal with 4:02 left in the second period to help Pittsburgh beat New York in Uniondale, N.Y.

Flyers 5, Lightning 2 - Danny Briere, Jaromir Jagr, and Wayne Simmonds scored in the second period and Philadelphia extended its winning streak to five with a victory over visiting Tampa Bay.

Rangers 4, Sabres 1 - Carl Hagelin scored twice to lead New York’s victory in Buffalo, giving the franchise its 2,500th regular-season win.

Flames 3, Oilers 0 - Jarome Iginla scored twice and Miikka Kiprusoff made 21 saves and host Calgary continued its domination of provincial rival Edmonton with its eighth straight win over the Oilers and 15th victory in the past 16 games.

Stars 2, Kings 1 - Richard Bachman made 26 saves in his first NHL start, defenseman Trevor Daley scored the go-ahead goal and Jamie Benn connected on a power play, leading Dallas over host Los Angeles.

Predators 3, Ducks 2 - Jordin Tootoo had a goal and an assist to lead host Nashville over Anaheim.

Blues 1, Sharks 0 - Brian Elliott made 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Kevin Shattenkirk scored in host St. Louis’s victory over San Jose.

Canucks 4, Senators 1 - Ryan Kesler scored twice and Henrik Sedin had two assists in Vancouver’s victory in Ottawa.

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