New York, NY- It was all about ‘The Sniper’ in Sunday evening hockey action as Ilya Kovalchuk netted two goals in the New Jersey Devils (19-30-4) 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens (30-19-5). In a great bounce back effort, the Devils definitely made a statement against what is a very good Montreal team.

Dainius Zubrus (10) netted a backhanded shot at the 1:12 mark of the first period of play to give the Devils the 1-0 lead. Kovalchuk (16) would then strike for his first of the game for the 2-0 lead on a tip-in shot at the 4:04 mark, which was assisted by Colin White and Travis Zajac (21).

Zajac (9) would then add to the Devils lead at the 3:16 mark of the second period tallying a wrist shot, which was assisted by Anton Volchenkov (4) to make the score 3-0 in favor of New Jersey. Montreal would find their first goal of the game at the 6:32 mark as P.K. Subban (6) ripped a slap shot for the first Habs goal, setting that up was former Devils star Scott Gomez (21) and Max Pacioretty (eight).

The Sniper (17) would cap the victory off for New Jersey at the 18:38 mark on the third period of play, as he would ‘get’ an empty net goal. The puck really hit the post, but due to a penalty by the Habs the winger was awarded the goal to seal the 4-1 victory for New Jersey.

It wasn’t all celebrations though for New Jersey as keeper Martin Brodeur left after the first period because of a bruised right leg. In spite of leaving early the Devils keeper was awarded win number 615, on only 11 saves on this day before being replaced by Johan Hedberg who finished the night with 14 stops.

New Jersey looks to continue this positive momentum as they host the Carolina Hurricanes for a 7:00 p.m. face-off at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.