Bruins awaken in third period, beat Devils, 4-1

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Bruins awaken in third period, beat Devils, 4-1

NEWARK Once again it wasnt beautiful hockey from the Bruins, but it was all about the results at the end of a challenging four-game road trip.

The Bruins potted four goals in the third period to finally finish up strong, and took a 4-1 decision from a spirited Devils bunch at Prudential Center to put a smiley face on the end of a challenging week. The three unanswered goals in 4:45 in the third period were headlined by a Nathan Horton redirect of a David Krejci pass for the power play game-winner. But it was a much more symbolic moment that kick-started the Bs on their third period kick. Zdeno Chara dumped Dainius Zubrus right in front of the benches in the opening seconds of the final stanza, and it seemed that the Bs had finally had enough sand kicked on them.

The game was tied up when Andrew Ference took a Shawn Thornton drop-back pass out of traffic and rocketed a bomb from the left point, off the post and into the net past Martin Brodeur. Then Gregory Campbell followed with another redirect of a Shawn Thornton pass to the front for the insurance marker in a thoroughly dominant final 20 minutes for Boston.

New Jersey had actually played an impressively disciplined first two periods while holding the Bs to 12 shots through the first 40 minutes, and were riding on the strength of a Petr Sykora score in the first period. But that was all washed away once the Bs finally woke up with the game on the line in Jersey.

Players, analysts weigh in on Chris Sale trade

Players, analysts weigh in on Chris Sale trade

The Red Sox made a major splash with Tuesday’s Chris Sale, the second swap of the day after acquiring Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers. 

While Boston had to give up top prospect Yoan Moncada and three other legitimate prospects in the trade, the deal gives them a very deep starting rotation that figures to see last offseason’s big acquisition -- David Price -- end up as Boston’s No. 3 starter. 

Here’s what the reaction looked like as the trade came down: 

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni gave the deal his stamp of approval. 

Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan cautioned against thinking the Red Sox at a discount. 

Blake Swihart was not one of the four prospects involved in the deal, and he’ll have a heck of a team to work with going forward. 

In Tampa, Chris Archer realized the AL East has a new ace. 

And one Sox fan pointed out that Dave Dombrowski has absolutely dumped out what was once a large and top-heavy chest of prospects.