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Great Games #2: Four PPGs fuel comeback in Boston

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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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