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Bruins 4, Devils 3 F/OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 4, Devils 3 F/OT
New Jersey Devils 3, Boston Bruins 4
Three Stars of the Game
David Krejci
David Krejci
G: 3Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 23:28
Milan Lucic
Milan Lucic
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:25
Zach Parise
Zach Parise
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 22:02

BOSTON (AP)—David Krejci completed his second career hat trick at 2:59 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 victory over New Jersey on Thursday night that finished their first season sweep of the Devils since 1985-86.

Tyler Seguin also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who opened a three-point lead over second-place Ottawa in the Northeast Division and sent New Jersey to its fourth straight loss.

Krejci, who had three goals in his previous 23 games, picked up a loose puck in front of goalie Martin Brodeur and scored his 16th of the season, triggering a cascade of hats onto the ice. Krejci had not scored more than one goal in a game this season.

Krejci was part of a new line with Seguin and Milan Lucic that produced all four goals. Boston blew a 2-0 lead, then fell behind 3-2 before Krejci tied it and won it.

Seguin also had an assist and Lucic added two assists in front of Tim Thomas, who contributed his first assist of the season.

Second-period goals by Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and David Clarkson put the Devils ahead.

The comeback allowed the Bruins to maintain a perfect record when ahead 2-0 or up by two goals at any time in a game. They are 12-0-0 when leading 2-0 and 29-0-0 when leading by two goals.

Bruins coach Claude Julien shook up his top two lines and the move paid immediate dividends, with two goals in the first 8:10 from the Krejci-Seguin-Lucic line.

Seguin picked off an errant pass in the Boston defensive zone, carried the puck down the right side and hit Krejci, who beat Brodeur 1:13 into the game.

Later in the period, Thomas made a pad save on Ilya Kovalchuk and the puck came out to Lucic. The big left wing carried it down the left side and found Seguin, who scored his first goal in 11 games, his 21st of the season, at 8:10.

The Bruins dominated play for most of the period and took a 2-0 lead to the locker room. By the end of the second period they trailed and the home crowd was booing.

Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo made a bad pass at center ice that was intercepted by Kovalchuk, who came down on a 2-on-1 with Parise and fed the left wing for his 24th goal at 6:27.

The Devils, shut out Monday night by the Rangers, tied the game at 14:03. After center Chris Kelly was tossed out of the circle and replaced by left wing Benoit Pouliot, Elias won the draw and went to the net. Petr Sykora appeared to tip Anton Volchenkov’s shot and Elias was alone to tap in his 20th goal of the season, the ninth time he’s reached that plateau.

A stunning goal by Clarkson at 17:46 gave New Jersey the lead. Left alone behind the net, the winger moved out and put the puck past Thomas from behind for his career-high 25th goal.

Krejci tied the game 5:30 into the third period.

scoring summary
1st Period
David Krejci (14) ASST: Tyler Seguin (29)
1 - 0 BOS
Tyler Seguin (21) ASST: Milan Lucic (24), Tim Thomas (1)
2 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
Zach Parise (24) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (36)
2 - 1 BOS
Patrik Elias (20) ASST: Petr Sykora (19), Anton Volchenkov (9)
2 - 2 Tie
David Clarkson (25) ASST: Jacob Josefson (3), Mark Fayne (10)
3 - 2 NJD
3rd Period
David Krejci (15) ASST: Milan Lucic (25), Zdeno Chara (27)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
David Krejci (16) ASST: Zdeno Chara (28), Patrice Bergeron (34)
4 - 3 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Boulton
Eric Boulton  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
Brian Rolston  Tripping against  Anton Volchenkov
Ryan Carter  Roughing against  David Krejci
2nd Period
Zdeno Chara  Interference against  Adam Henrique
3rd Period
Petr Sykora  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Zdeno Chara  Hi-sticking against  Adam Henrique
Ilya Kovalchuk  Hi-sticking against  Brad Marchand
OT Period
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 25TOI: 62:59
Saves: 21EV: 15 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .840SH: 2 - 2
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
SA: 31TOI: 62:59
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .903SH: 0 - 0
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