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.

Rakell gets two goals, Ducks snap Bruins' streak with 5-3 win

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Rakell gets two goals, Ducks snap Bruins' streak with 5-3 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time.