Bruins score three in third, top Devils 4-3

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Bruins score three in third, top Devils 4-3

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night at TD Garden.

The game remained scoreless until David Clarkson scored on a power play from Petr Sykora and Zach Parise. Four minutes later, Chris Kelly tied the game at 1-1, assisted by Gregory Campbell.

Enter the third period in which the Bruins and Devils engaged in a scoring fest early on, combining for four goals in the first seven minutes. It took Brad Marchand just six seconds to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead with a goal from Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron.

Nick Palmeiri responded with a goal two minutes later (assisted by Andy Greene) to tie the game back up at two apiece, only to have Shawn Thornton score from Jordan Caron and Campbell. (Thorntons goal was his first since April 6, 2011.) Palmeiri answered again with his second goal of the night from Adam Henrique and Parise, his second assist of the game.

Benoit Pouliot scored the winning goal of the evening, assited by Joe Corvo and Rich Peverley, with three minutes to play.

After being outshot 24-19 entering the third period, the Bruins ended the game taking 37 shots to the Devils 30.

Tim Thomas had 31 saves for the Bruins while Johan Hedberg had 36 for the Devils.

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.