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


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.

Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17


Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17

ARLINGTON, Texas - Maybe the Cowboys will be OK without quarterback Tony Romo this time. The future of the Dallas running game with Ezekiel Elliott looks pretty good, too.

Dak Prescott led scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half before throwing his first career touchdown pass in fellow rookie Elliott's first 100-yard game, and the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game home losing streak.

With his second straight win, Prescott doubled the number of victories the Cowboys (2-1) had in 14 games without the injured Romo over three seasons before the fourth-round pick showed up.

Prescott's first TD pass was a 17-yarder to Dez Bryant for a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, and he's up to 99 throws without an interception to start his career. Philadelphia's Carson Wentz has 102, and those are the two highest career-opening totals for a rookie in NFL history.

"Dak's handled every opportunity he's had right from the start really, really well," coach Jason Garrett said. "No different tonight."

Brian Hoyer had trouble moving the Chicago offense early with Jay Cutler sidelined by a sprained right thumb as the Bears fell behind 24-3 at halftime and dropped to 0-3 for the second time in two seasons under coach John Fox.

Making his 27th career start for his fourth different team, Hoyer was 30 of 49 for 317 yards - a good portion of that with the game out of each late in the fourth quarter - and threw for two scores to Zach Miller.

"We haven't played a complete game," Fox said. "This week was the reverse of what we've had. We played very poorly in the first half."

Elliott finished with 140 yards on 30 carries, including a 14-yard run when he hurdled safety Chris Prosinski. The Cowboys kept giving him the ball while trying to work the clock with a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter a week after he was benched because of two fumbles in a win over Washington.

"Made a lot of good runs tonight, a lot tough runs, a lot of NFL runs," Garrett said. "He's physically tough. He's mentally tough."

It didn't even bother Prescott that Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith missed just the second game of his six-year career after his back tightened up during the week.

Prescott was 19 of 24 for 248 yards in Dallas' first home win since last year's opener, which was a week before the first of two broken left collarbones that kept Romo out of 12 games last season.

Romo is expected to miss about another month after breaking a bone in his back in the preseason.

Prescott had one of three rushing touchdowns for the Cowboys, who have seven this season after getting eight all of last year, when they finished 4-12.

Because the Bears fell behind again, they couldn't do much with the running game. They had just 15 carries for 73 yards and lost leading rusher Jeremy Langford to an ankle injury in the second half.