Ilya Kovalchuk tallies twice to send Devils past Habs

Dainius Zubrus and Ilya Kovalchuk scored 2:52 apart early in the first, sending New Jersey on to a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

Brodeur got his 615th career win despite leaving after the first period because of a bruised right leg. Brodeur stopped all 11 shots he faced before he was replaced for the second by Johan Hedberg, who made 14 saves over the final two periods.

“I went into a butterfly and my leg got caught up under me and I kind of heard a click,” said Brodeur, who watched the third period in Devils GM Lou Lamoriello’s box. “[Monday] we’ll see how it feels. I don’t think it’s anything major.”

Kovalchuk was awarded his second goal of the game at 18:39 of the third when he was hooked on a shot at an empty net that hit the right post. Travis Zajac, who scored in the second, got his second assist of the game on the play.

“I knew it was going to be a goal because it happened to one of my teammates, [Marian] Hossa, in Atlanta,” Kovalchuk said.

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