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Great Games #2: Four PPGs fuel comeback in Boston

Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 10:00 AM / Features
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Great Games #2: Four PPGs fuel comeback in Boston
Great Games 2013-14: Four PPGs fuel comeback in Boston

Newjerseydevils.com looks back at 10 of the top Devils games from last season.

#2 - Oct. 26, 2013: Devils 4, Bruins 3

The Devils were still seeking their first road win of the season when they made their first trip into Boston.

Coach Peter DeBoer's squad was 0-5-2 away from home and was headed to TD Garden, where it hadn't won since 2009. The Bruins, meanwhile, were riding a four-game winning streak.

The Devils fell behind early, but after a shaky start against the defending Eastern Conference champions, they ended the game with a bang.

Boston struck first, jumping out to a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. Power-play tallies by Adam Henrique in the first and Damien Brunner in the second kept the visitors within range.

Trailing 3-2 after two periods, the Devils rallied in the third on two more power-play goals 23 seconds apart.

Two penalties were the catalysts for the comeback: Torey Krug’s double-minor for high-sticking Brunner and Patrice Bergeron’s delay of game minor for putting the puck over the glass.

With Martin Brodeur pulled for the extra attacker, Marek Zidlicky cashed in on the 6-on-3 advantage, blasting a slapper past Tuukka Rask to tie the game at 3 with 1:08 to go.

Still on a 5-on-4 man advantage, Andy Greene buried Brunner's shanked shot attempt with 45 seconds left to put the Devils ahead, 4-3. It was their fourth power-play goal of the night, a season high.

"Our power play came up huge tonight, obviously,” Greene said. "We kept working and we got some of those bounces that’ve been going against us it seems for the first part of the season.”

For DeBoer, those bounces couldn’t have come at a better time as the Devils captured their first victory in eight tries against the Bruins.

“We were due for some good fortune,” said the coach. "I thought the guys continued to work hard, we dug ourselves a little hole there early and considering the circumstances, it would have been easy to pack it in and we didn't. We kept chipping away and like I said, we were due for some good luck.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 22 16 5 1 61 52 33
2 TBL 22 14 6 2 77 60 30
3 PIT 19 13 4 2 69 44 28
4 NYI 20 14 6 0 68 57 28
5 BOS 22 13 9 0 57 54 26
6 DET 20 10 5 5 55 49 25
7 TOR 21 11 8 2 67 63 24
8 OTT 19 9 6 4 52 50 22
9 WSH 20 9 8 3 56 54 21
10 FLA 18 7 5 6 40 47 20
11 NYR 19 8 7 4 52 58 20
12 NJD 20 9 9 2 49 56 20
13 PHI 19 8 9 2 57 60 18
14 CAR 20 6 11 3 48 62 15
15 CBJ 20 6 12 2 49 72 14
16 BUF 21 6 13 2 36 70 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 20 3 9 -1 12
M. Cammalleri 14 7 4 4 11
A. Henrique 14 5 5 4 10
M. Ryder 20 4 6 2 10
P. Elias 20 2 8 -6 10
M. Zidlicky 20 3 6 -2 9
D. Severson 20 4 4 4 8
T. Zajac 20 3 4 -1 7
E. Gelinas 17 2 5 2 7
A. Greene 20 0 6 9 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 9 8 2 .914 2.58
S. Clemmensen 0 0 0 .765 6.49