Tomas Kaberle, acquired in a trade with Carolina on Friday, had two assists in his debut with Montreal, leading the Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
The Canadiens snapped a two-game losing streak, while the Devils fell for the sixth time in their last eight games. It was only Montreal's second win in the last eight games.
Kaberle, acquired Friday in a trade with the Hurricanes for fellow struggling defenseman Jaroslav Spacek, assisted on Max Pacioretty's power-play goal in the second period and took the initial shot on Erik Cole's third period goal. Cole also had an assist on Pacioretty's goal.
Devils forward Nick Palmieri, who was sent down to Albany (AHL) Nov. 24, only to be recalled last week, scored his first goal since Nov. 15 in the third period.
Montreal goalkeeper Carey Price stopped 28 of 29 shots for his 11th win of the season, including a stop of a penalty shot on Zach Parise with just 47 seconds left.
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