Final: Bruins 4, Devils 1
Winning for just the second time in their last eight games, the Bruins rallied from a 1-0 deficit to score four unanswered goals, the second and third on milestone goals by Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic, to post a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils tonight before a TD Garden crowd of 17,565..
After Shawn Thornton tallied the equalizer at 15:39 of the first period, Chara scored his 400th career NHL point on a power-play tally in the second period that gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead at 8:17.
Lucic, the game's No. 1 star, became Boston's first 30-goal scorer since Phil Kessel had 36 in 2008-09 when he converted a pretty reverse pivot pass from Patrice Bergeron to give the Bruins a 3-1 cushion at 16:31.
Mark Recchi added an empty-netter at 19:21 for insurance as the Bruins sealed the deal on their 40th win of the season and first at home since a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning March 3.
16:13, Third period, Bruins 3, Devils 1
Milan Lucic scores his 30th goal of the season from the right circle, converting a pretty reverse pivot pass from Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins are 17-7 in three-goal games. Looks like they're going to make that 18-7.
8:51, Third period, Bruins 2, Devils 1
New Jersey gets its second power-play opportunity of the night when Gregory Campbell is sent off for tripping.
End of second, Bruins 2, Devils 1
The Bruins are now 20 minutes from notching their 40th win of the season and second in their last eight games after entering with a 1-3-3 record in their previous seven games. Two-goal games have not always gone Boston's way as the B's have a 9-10 record in such contests. David Krejci certainly had his chances, booting four overall opportunities from point-blank range, including two in the second period.
8:17, Second period, Bruins 2, Devils 1
Nine seconds after New Jersey's Nick Palmieri was sent off for a 2-minute minor for tripping, Zdeno Chara picked up his 400th NHL career point. Chara tallied his 13th goal of the season on a power-play opportunity, converting a crisp cross-ice pass from Milan Lucic (assist No. 25 on the season) for the go-ahead score. The Bruins notched their 39th power-play goal of the season and are now 1-for-3 for the game on the man-advantage.
End of first, Devils 1, Bruins 1
Bruins answered Ilya Kovalchuk's goal at 6:39 with an equalizer at 15:39 on Shawn Thornton's re-direct of Dennis Seidenberg's seeing-eye slapper from the blue line. Devils have put 16 shots on goal against Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas. Boston, meanwhile, put six shots on Devils' netminder Martin Brodeur, who had a shutout streak snapped at 84:15 by Thornton's tally.
15:39, First period, Devils 1, Bruins 1
Sitting in heavy traffic in front of the crease, Shawn Thornton ties the game when he redirects a blue-line blast by Dennis Seidenberg that beats Martin Brodeur top shelf on the stick side. It was Thornton's ninth goal of the season. And a timely one, at that.
11:05, First period, Devils 1, Bruins 0
Ilya Kovalchuk puts the Devils on the board when he converts a power-play opportunity on a nice crossing pass from Mattias Tedendby. The Bruins gave up the goal 12 seconds after Mark Recchi was sent off for hooking. It was New Jersey's 33d power-play goal of the season (out of 215 attempts) and 18th on the road.
6:38, First period, timeout
No scoring as of yet. Devils, however, have put seven shots on net compared to just one for the Bruins at the 6:38 mark.