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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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 50 23 9 3 32
A. Henrique 55 12 20 -1 32
J. Jagr 58 11 18 -11 29
P. Elias 52 10 15 -14 25
S. Gomez 38 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 62 4 19 -8 23
T. Zajac 54 9 10 -5 19
S. Bernier 47 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 43 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 44 2 16 2 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 22 23 6 .926 2.23
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59