David Desharnais a force in Canadiens win over Devils

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (left) celebrates his power-play goal with David Desharnais...

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (left) celebrates his power-play goal with David Desharnais (right) and Andrei Markov (top) during second period action against the Devils in Montreal on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (Pierre-Paul Poulin/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:25 PM ET

MONTREAL - And to think Montreal mayor Denis Coderre wanted to give Canadiens centre David Desharnais a ticket to the minors not so long ago.

Guess that's the difference between the mayors in Montreal and Toronto these days: one gets in trouble for having an opinion on the local hockey team and the other, well, you know.

Desharnais had a lot of battle in him Monday night at the Bell Centre, winning a couple of 50-50 pucks that led to goals by Rene Bourque and Max Pacioretty as the Montreal Canadiens ground out a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.

The win moved the Canadiens record in their last 11 games to 8-1-2 and allowed them to move to within three points of the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins, who will be the visitors to the Bell Centre Thursday night.

Before then, the Canadiens and the Devils will have a rematch Wednesday night in Newark.


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