Falling just short of hoisting the Stanley Cup last season has provided the motivation for the New Jersey Devils' strong start this year.
The Devils attempt to remain undefeated Sunday night when they try for a ninth consecutive road victory over a Montreal Canadiens team looking for its third straight win.
New Jersey (3-0-0) lost in six games to Los Angeles in last season's Stanley Cup finals, but an otherwise memorable postseason run has fueled the Devils' attempt to take the next step in 2013.
"When we left last year, we were disappointed, but it left us with a great taste in our mouths, the great taste of success," said goaltender Martin Brodeur, who turns 41 in May. "Now we're jumping right back in and it's like we never left. It's a short season and we have to capitalize on our momentum.''
Brodeur made 26 saves and Patrik Elias had a goal with an assist as New Jersey won 3-2 over Washington on Ilya Kovalchuk's overtime winner after blowing a 2-0 lead Friday.
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