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The Associated Press

The New Jersey Devils haven't suffered a regulation loss in Montreal in nearly six years.

Improving on their 8-0-1 stretch at the Bell Centre on Monday night will require the Devils to cool off a Canadiens team that hasn't lost in regulation since Nov. 16.

The Canadiens (15-9-3) haven't allowed more than two regulation goals in their last 10 games and are 5-0-1 in the last two weeks. They're allowing 2.00 goals per game, which trails only Atlantic Division-leading Boston.

"We are managing the puck well, spending a lot of time in the offensive zone and playing solid defensively," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told the Canadiens' official website after his team beat Toronto 4-2 on Saturday for its third straight home win.

Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist as Montreal scored the first four goals of the game. P.K. Subban added a goal and an assist.

Pacioretty has seven goals in his last three home games, and the team is 5-0-0 in games he's scored in this season.

"When he's confident, he's one of our best forwards," Subban said of his teammate. "He can do it all. He's big, he can skate, he's physical, he can shoot the puck, probably one of the harder wristers in the league. It's a big boost for our team."

Carey Price made 34 saves Saturday and is 5-1-1 since Nov. 10 with a 1.56 goals-against average and .951 save percentage.

The Devils (11-11-5) have won two straight after Saturday's 1-0 overtime victory over Buffalo. Steve Bernier scored for the Devils while Cory Schneider faced just 15 shots.

"I don't expect (a one-goal game) or think about it, but it doesn't matter if it's scoreless or tied 2-2 late in the game," Schneider told the team's official website. "You've got to be one save better to give your team a chance. When you're giving up under 20 shots a night, sometimes one goal is enough."

New Jersey is third in the East defensively, allowing 2.22 goals per game. After giving up three or more goals in 10 of 12 games in October, the Devils surrendered two or fewer in 11 of 15 November contests.

Schneider, who was also in net for Friday's 5-2 win at Carolina, is 3-1-1 since Nov. 8 with a 0.97 GAA.

Between Schneider and Martin Brodeur, coach Peter DeBoer has gone with the hot hand. Brodeur allowed four goals his last time out, but had a 1.38 GAA and 5-3-0 record in his eight previous games in November.

"The goaltending's been real good and we're finding ways to win again," DeBoer said. "We're looking for that consistency and the wins will come."

They've come often in Montreal in recent years. The Devils last lost in regulation at the Bell Centre on March 11, 2008, outscoring the Canadiens 29-14 in their last nine games in Quebec.

Brodeur has been in net for eight of those, and was 7-0 with a 1.00 GAA in that stretch before a 4-3 OT loss in New Jersey's most recent visit, Jan. 27.

Brodeur isn't the only 41-year-old making an impact for the Devils. Jaromir Jagr leads the team in goals (11) and assists (11). He has four points in his last three games and is the only New Jersey player with more than six goals.

"He's drinking from the fountain of youth," DeBoer said. "It's amazing that his engine keeps going."

The Devils are 4-1-1 overall against the Canadiens since Dec. 17, 2011.

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