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Galchenyuk scores OT winner, Canadiens rally to beat Devils

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty celebrates the game winning goal by Alex Galchenyuk during a game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Feb. 27, 2017.

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Alex Galchenyuk scored on a power play at 2:54 of overtime and the Montreal Canadiens rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Monday night.

Max Pacioretty scored twice in the final 11:23 of regulation to tie the game and Alexander Radulov added a goal for the Canadiens, who won consecutive games for the first time since early January. Al Montoya had 34 saves for Montreal.

Kyle Palmieri, John Moore and Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who have lost four straight games (0-2-2), the past two in overtime. Cory Schneider made 29 saves.

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Galchenyuk beat Schneider with a shot from between the circles less than a minute after Damon Severson was penalized for hooking.

With the Canadiens' net empty, Pacioretty tied the game with 51.8 seconds left in regulation. His shot from the right circle that might have hit off Devils defenceman Ben Lovejoy and trickled over the goal line before New Jersey captain Andy Greene could pull it out of the net.

All three Montreal goals came in the third period after the Devils built a two-goal lead.

Zajac gave New Jersey a 3-1 edge at 7:54 when he put the rebound of Palmieri's shot into the net on a power play.

Less than a minute later, Pacioretty scored on the rebound of Nathan Beaulieu's shot to cut the margin to 3-2.

Palmieri had given the Devils the lead late in the first period with his third goal in the past two games. Zajac intercepted a pass around the boards by Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber and found Palmieri between the circles for his team-leading 19th goal of the season.

Moore stretched the lead to 2-0 at 2:38 of the third period with shot from the point that beat a well-screened Montoya.

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Eleven seconds later, Montreal was back in the game. Defenceman Alexei Emelin found Radulov at the Devils' blue line and the right wing snapped a shot past Schneider from between the circles.

Zajac restored the two-goal lead at 7:54, but Pacioretty responded with his 30th and 31st goals.

NOTES: With the trade deadline approaching, the Devils rested free agent D Kyle Quincey. ... Montreal traded D Greg Pateryn and a 2017 fourth-round draft to Dallas for defenceman Jordie Benn earlier in the day. ... New Jersey placed F Pavel Zacha (concussion) on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 21. Blake Coleman was recalled from Albany (AHL) and centred the fourth line. ... Devils C Jacob Josefson missed the last two periods with an upper body injury.

UP NEXT

Canadiens: Host Columbus on Tuesday night.

Devils: Travel to Washington to face the Eastern Conference-leading Capitals on Thursday night.

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