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Brian Rafalski scores two goals as New Jersey beats the Canadiens 5-2

Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and Sergei Brylin also scored and Martin Brodeur made 19 saves for his 35th win as New Jersey beat the Canadiens for the eighth straight time, a streak that dates to 2004.

The win also was the Devils’ fifth in six games and 16th in 22 (16-3-3), moving them within four points of Buffalo in the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

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Sheldon Souray and Sergei Samsonov scored for the Canadiens, who have lost 11 of 15 games.