BOS – 3
NJ – 1
BOS – 19
NJ – 23
Two periods are in the books at the Prudential Center where the Bruins have pushed their lead to two goals over the Devils.
Patrice Bergeron cashed in on a breakaway at the 4:02 mark of the second period.
The Bruins had just killed off a holding penalty to Nathan Horton when No. 37 broke in alone, beating Brodeur with his patented forehand move to put Boston up 3-1.
Benoit Pouliot was given a game misconduct at the 6:17 mark, as he barked at a referee for a weak holding the stick call.
Boston had two power plays in the second half of the middle frame but couldn’t find twine.
BOS – 2
NJ – 1
BOS – 11
NJ – 16
Twenty minutes are in the books in New Jersey where the Bruins will take a 2-1 lead into the second period over the Devils.
David Clarkson got the home team on the board early, beating Tim Thomas 4:24 in with Johnny Boychuk in the box for a delay of game call, staking the Devils to a 1-0 lead.
Boston responded 3:51 later. Dan Paille did a nice job of digging the puck out of the corner and got the puck to Chris Kelly. Kelly slipped it back to Andy Ference, whose shot from the point deflected off of Greg Campbell’s skate and by Marty Brodeur to make it 1-1.
Just five minutes later, Nathan Horton — on the heels of his second-straight unspectacular December — buried his tenth of the season on a feed from David Krejci to make it 2-1. Milan Lucic picked up the secondary assist, as each member of the first line figured in on the tally.
Cam Janssen and Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves just 2:07 into the contest.