Devils topple Bruins at Garden, 4-3

The Bruins were less than two minutes away from their fifth straight win and third victory in the last four nights but tired legs and uncharacteristic mistakes by trusted players like Zdeno Chara (twice) and Patrice Bergeron eventually caught up with them. The Devils rallied from an early 3-1 deficit, scoring a pair of power play goals 23 seconds apart late in the third period for a 4-3 win at TD Garden Saturday.

Boston (7-3-0) allowed four power play goals to New Jersey (2-5-4), something that you never see from a Claude Julien coached team.

“In the second period, we allowed them back in the game,” Julien said. “Our penalty kill faltered, it wasn’t good enough. Too many mediocre players tonight.”

The B’s were off Friday, which seemed to inject them with life in the first period. Torey Krug scored a power play goal 7:52 into the game and they were off. Jarome Iginla added his second goal in as many games 1:27 later but Adam Henrique answered with a power play goal for the Devils (foreshadowing!). Future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur (25 saves) looked helpless to stop Milan Lucic’s shot after an exquisite breakout by linemates David Krejci and Iginla.

Tuukka Rask (28 saves) allowed a rare soft goal, a one-timed backhander by Damien Brunner with 28 seconds left in the second period. That deflated Boston and Rask who picked up the puck and flung it after it went over the line then hit his stick against the ice in frustration. No one will ever compare this edition of the Devils to last year’s Blackhawks, but their flurry of goals at the end evoked some painful memories from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final vs. Chicago in June.

Boston gets a couple days to regroup before a very difficult back-to-back: at Pittsburgh (7-3-0) on Wednesday (8, NBCSN) then hosting Anaheim (8-3-0) on Halloween (7, NESN).

What they’ll be saying: I bet that Pittsburgh native Matt Bartkowski gets in the lineup on Wednesday, not as a favor by Julien (he doesn’t do garbage like that) but because the young defenseman has now sat out the last four games. One could argue that it would have made sense to put him in tonight since surely some of his teammates were a little banged up or tired but Julien stayed with his same lineup from Thursday vs. San Jose. Chara will never sit but with a full season, it is something that Julien should consider from time to time to save the captain’s energy for the playoffs. He had two penalties tonight which never happens but he still led the Bruins in ice time (23:47). With Iginla scoring goals now, it’s time to start talking about his line as one of the NHL’s best. They didn’t get much help from their teammates tonight but they combined for six points (2 goals, 4 assists). Along with his two assists, Krejci won nine of 11 faceoffs for a complete performance. I’m not calling him out since it’s not his game, but Gregory Campbell is the only Bruins regular without a point in the team’s first 10 games. Saturday night was a rough one for him too since he went 3 for 8 on faceoffs.

Follow Metro Boston Bruins beat writer Richard Slate on Twitter: @RichSlate



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

National

New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.

National

Two injured after cable snaps on Ohio amusement…

(Reuters) - A cable on a large swing ride at an Ohio amusement park snapped and struck two riders as the swing was in motion,…

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…