"He's done that before," Devils coach Larry Robinson said. "The first indication was that he was through for the game. We made our line switches but the next thing you know, there he was."
"Basically, I want to try and hit the net," Mogilny said. "You don't want to get greedy. You want to put the puck through. A lot times when you try to get cute, nothing happens."
As the play unfolded, Raycroft struggled to find the puck.
"They won it back and there were two or three guys there and you can't see," he said. "He took dead aim and it went right through."
"If we had been playing better right from the start, we might be able to absorb loses like this," Bruins defenseman Brian Leetch said. "We need the points and these kind of games are killers for us."
Bergeron scored the only goal of the first period, on a power play at 8:49. Samsonov stretched the Bruins' lead to 2-0 only 30 seconds into the second period, beating Brodeur after Devils defenseman Richard Matvichuk knocked Thornton into the Devils' goalie.
The Devils outshot the Bruins 17-4 the rest of the period, and finally broke through against Raycroft when Gionta scored at 13:14. It was his team-leading 16th goal of the season, and 11th in the last 12 games.
New Jersey pulled even 5:27 into the third period as Pandolfo knocked in the rebound of Madden's shot past Raycroft.
|Despite having a defenseman on him, Jay Pandolfo still scores one for the Devils in the third period. (AP)|
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|08:49||Power Play - Patrice Bergeron (7), Slap Shot - Assists: Brian Leetch and Joe Thornton|
|00:30||Sergei Samsonov (11), Snap Shot - Assist: Hal Gill|
|13:14||Brian Gionta (16), Wrist Shot - Assists: Colin White and Scott Gomez|
|05:27||Jay Pandolfo (4) - Assists: John Madden and Grant Marshall|
|19:28||Alexander Mogilny (9), Slap Shot - Assist: John Madden|
|01:51||Kozlov: Holding - 2 min.|
|06:22||Samsonov: Hooking - 2 min.|
|07:48||Langenbrunner: Interference - 2 min.|
|10:19||Thornton: Interference - 2 min.|
|03:17||Boynton: Hooking - 2 min.|
|05:36||Alberts: Tripping - 2 min.|
|09:03||Gill: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.|
|09:03||White: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.|
|06:02||Rafalski: Holding the stick - 2 min.|
|07:11||Isbister: Hooking - 2 min.|
|10:29||Alberts: Hooking - 2 min.|
|13:23||Alberts: Cross Check - 2 min.|
|19:28||Green: Game Misconduct - 10 min.|
|19:51||Slegr: Tripping - 2 min.|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
|Attendance - 14482|
|Game Time - 60:00|
|Referees - Kevin Pollock, Dean Warren|
|Line Judges - Michel Cormier, Pat Dapuzzo|