Memo to Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello: It may be time to break the team's preference of not negotiating extensions during the season and try to sign Patrik Elias to the last contract of his career so he doesn't follow Zach Parise out of town.

Elias scored a goal and engineered a third-period comeback with two assists as he reached the 900-point mark in his NHL career. Without his performance, the Devils would not have salvaged a point in their 4-3 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the Belle Centre.

"He was fantastic," coach Pete DeBoer said after the club's season-opening three-game winning streak came to an end. "Our experienced guys have obviously been our most consistent performers."

The Devils' all-time scoring leader, Elias got the puck from this milestone. He said there have been no talks about an extension, but he'd like to continue wear a Devils sweater beyond this season.

"It's great. I enjoyed it and I enjoyed doing it here in Montreal," he said of his 900th point. "It's a great hockey town. I always like playing here. It's a nice accomplishment. I don't know if I'll get my 1,000th in New Jersey. Maybe."

Trailing, 3-1, in the third period, Elias centered the puck across the face of the crease where David Clarkson scored his third goal of the season.

Dainius Zubrus tied the score, 3-3, at 13:02 when he scored from the inside of the left circle on a pass from Elias. Erik Cole was in front of Zubrus but wasn't quick enough to cut off the pass that almost took the Devils' winger by surprise.