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.
The Bruins are ready to give it their best crack coming out of the NHL’s five day bye despite some evidence that it’s not going to be easy on Sunday night.
Teams in their first game back from the five day vacation were sporting a 3-10-3 record entering Sunday’s action, and the coast-to-coast flight from Boston to San Jose for a date with the Sharks wasn’t likely to do them any favors. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t make any mystery of his Sunday night lineup against the Sharks, and will scratch hard-nosed left winger Matt Beleskey along with Joe Morrow and John-Michael Liles. Beleskey was healthy scratched from last weekend’s win against Vancouver as well, and had no points along with a minus-1 rating in the two games he played under Cassidy ahead of the five day break.
Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sharks on Sunday night according to the Boston Bruins twitter feed:
K. Miller-C. Miller
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying Hockey Day in America.
*Brian Boyle is the subject of trade rumors with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he wants to stay a member of the Bolts.
*Watch out for the Florida Panthers, who swept the road trip through California and are now back in playoff position for the first time in a long time.
*It’s great to see play-by-play man Dave Strader back in the broadcast booth doing what he does best after his cancer diagnosis.
*Hats off to the Bruins ECHL affiliate, the Atlanta Gladiators, for the sweet-looking Boba Fett sweaters worn during this weekend’s Star Wars night.
*It’s pretty amazing when you’re an NHL player and a former first round pick, and you’re the one most known for being somebody else’s brother. That’s life for Dallas Stars D-man Jamie Oleksiak.
*Interesting piece about sportswriting, politics and a couple of worlds that were destined to collide at some point.
*For something completely different: For the 40h anniversary of Star Wars, the toys are being used to recreate classic movie scenes.