By Danny Picard
BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Bruins scored just their second goal in their previous 34 power plays on Tuesday night, but Zdeno Charas second-period one-timer on the man advantage was enough to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead, and led the way to an eventual 4-1 win over Martin Brodeur and the hungry New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden."We want to go into the playoffs on the way up, not on the way down," said Shawn Thornton, who led off the scoring for Boston with his ninth goal of the season in the first. "We have 10 games left, so we want to start being consistent and getting ready so we can go in on a bit of a roll, I guess."
Milan Lucic found Chara with a nice, hard pass through the slot on the 5-on-4 power play, and the Bruins captain put it top-left just over eight minutes into the second.
Lucic then added his 30th goal of the season with 3:47 left to play in the third, sealing the deal on a hard-fought, come-from-behind win that saw New Jersey outplay Boston badly through the first 20 minutes.
Mark Recchi added the fourth and final goal on an empty netter with 39.6 seconds left in the game.
The Bruins brought it in the second period, a whole lot more than they did in the first. At one point in the first period, the Devils had outshot the Bs 16-2, and took a 1-0 lead on an Ilya Kovulchuk one-timer from the left circle on the power-play just over 11 minutes into the game. But Tim Thomas brought his A-game on Tuesday, and came up big on several occasions early on, finishing the game with 30 saves.
Bostons third shot of the period wasnt a good one, but Dennis Seidenbergs high wrister from the right point, with 4:21 left, re-directed off Shawn Thorntons twig and into the top-left corner of the net, to tie the game at 1-1 after one period.
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