BOSTON (A.P.) – Charlie Coyle and David Pastrnak each scored in the shootout, and the Boston Bruins rallied for a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy, Nick Ritchie, and Matt Grzelcyk scored in regulation for the Bruins, who rallied with two goals in the final 9:38 of the third period. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots.
Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac, Miles Wood, and Michael McLeod had a goal for the Devils, who are 4-0-2 against Boston this season. They beat the Bruins 1-0 on Sunday. Mackenzie Blackwood, who stopped 40 shots for his first shutout of the season Sunday, made 44 saves. Ryan Murray added two assists.
The Devils were lined up for another win against Boston before McAvoy scored with 9:38 left in the third, and Grzelcyk tied it with 4 minutes to go on a wrister from above the left circle. Coyle and Pastrnak shifted around Blackwood before tucking the puck into the net as Boston scored on its only two shootout chances.
The Devils had the puck in Boston’s zone for nearly all of a power play late in OO.T.after McAvoy was whistled slashing Damon Severson. Leading 2-1, New Jersey had increased its advantage when Zajac tipped in Jesper Bratt’s shot from the point 3:45 into the second period.
The Bruins cut the deficit in half on Marchand’s power-play goal, but Palmieri stole a clearing pass from defenseman Jeremy Lauzon in the slot before firing a forehand by Halak just 1:18 later.
Things got testy after New Jersey went up 4-2 with scrums and tussles after whistles.
The Devils led 2-1 after one period, but it could have been more because they had a handful of other good scoring chances due to the Bruins’ defense breakdowns.
Wood gave the Devils a 1-0 edge 1:28 into the game when he took a pass from P.KP.K.bban, who stole a clearing attempt at the point and broke in alone before slipping a wrister into the net.
Ritchie’s goal tied it just over four minutes later. The winger fired a seemingly harmless shot from the right circle that Blackwood fumbled trying to catch before the puck dropped and slid into the net.