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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
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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.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 30 20 6 4 98 71 44
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 MTL 32 20 10 2 87 80 42
5 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
6 TOR 31 19 9 3 109 87 41
7 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
8 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
9 FLA 29 13 8 8 66 75 34
10 WSH 30 14 10 6 86 81 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 30 13 15 2 72 95 28
13 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
14 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
15 PHI 30 11 14 5 80 90 27
16 CAR 30 8 19 3 62 87 19

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 32 5 15 -9 20
A. Henrique 26 8 10 2 18
M. Zidlicky 33 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 23 11 4 0 15
M. Ryder 32 4 10 -1 14
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
P. Elias 27 3 9 -13 12
E. Gelinas 26 4 6 3 10
T. Zajac 25 4 4 -4 8
S. Bernier 22 2 6 3 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 0 1 2 .942 1.71
C. Schneider 11 15 3 .916 2.55