"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.
- Defenseman Vladimir Malakhov, who left practice early Monday because he was ill, missed the game for the Devils. Sean Brown, scratched the two previous games, took his place.
- New Jersey's Jamie Langenbrunner played in his 600th game, and Brian Rafalski in his 400th.
- Bruins winger Glen Murray missed his third straight game with a groin strain.