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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

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 40 10 16 -1 26
J. Jagr 43 9 16 -10 25
M. Cammalleri 35 15 6 -3 21
P. Elias 37 6 14 -14 20
M. Zidlicky 47 4 16 -7 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 39 8 8 -7 16
S. Gomez 23 4 12 -5 16
S. Bernier 32 6 7 1 13
M. Havlat 29 5 7 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 19 4 .920 2.41
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54