New Jersey at Boston

Devils jump on Bruins early, claim fifth consecutive win


BOSTON -- The New Jersey Devils' winning formula remains the same: play good defense and then count on Martin Brodeur to make the saves.

Jay Pandolfo and Jamie Langenbrunner scored first-period goals and Brodeur stopped 19 shots to lead the Devils to their season-high fifth straight win, a 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

The Devils' winning streak came after a season-high four-game losing streak. They led 2-0 after one period and that was all they needed.

"It's not rocket science. It's smart hockey. It's Devils' hockey, I guess," New Jersey defenseman Colin White said. "With Marty back there, we rely on him most of the year."

New Jersey, which has played inconsistently on the road while going nearly unbeaten at home (11-1-1), had lost four of five away from Continental Airlines Arena. The Devils improved to 6-8-1 on the road.

The Devils increased their record to 14-2-1 when scoring first. A one-goal deficit had been tough enough for most opponents. But with Brodeur, two was more than the surging Bruins could overcome.

"They're a tough team to come back against, I know that," Boston coach Dave Lewis said. "You've got to get a lot of quality chances to get it past Marty Brodeur, especially with the way they play with their system and discipline."

Erik Rasmussen, Patrik Elias and Sergei Brylin scored third-period goals for the Devils after the Bruins cut their deficit to 2-1.

"If we can get a lead and we have (Marty) back there, we know we have a chance," Devils right wing Brian Gionta said.

Marc Savard scored the goal for Boston, which lost for just the fourth time in 14 games.

Boston goaltender Tim Thomas, playing in his 21st straight game, was lifted at the start of the second period in favor of Hannu Toivonen.

The Devils outshot the Bruins 42-20.

"They've been playing (that way) a long time," Boston defenseman Paul Mara said. "That's why they've won Stanley Cups."

New Jersey jumped ahead 1-0 on Pandolfo's goal 11:19 in. Pandolfo took a centering pass from Brylin and one-timed a shot that appeared to knuckle past Thomas' stick side.

The Devils, who outshot and outplayed the Bruins for most of the opening period, made it 2-0 when Langenbrunner fired a rising wrist shot under the crossbar at 18:47. They finished with a 14-7 shots advantage in the frame.

The Bruins picked up the pace in the second, closing the gap to 2-1 on Savard's goal three minutes in. With Boston skating with an extra attacker during a delayed penalty against New Jersey, Savard scored off the rebound of Milan Jurcina's shot from the point, slipping a shot past Brodeur from the right side of the crease.

Rasmussen scored on a seemingly harmless backhander while skating in along the right wing, sliding a shot along the ice inside the far post with 9:50 to play in the third. Elias' power-play goal made it 4-1 with 5:59 to go.

Toivonen, who stopped 25 shots, made a splendid right-pad stop to rob Elias at the end of a two-on-one break late in the second.


  • Bruins LW P.J. Axelsson missed his fourth straight game with a foot injury.
  • Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek attended the game.
  • It was the first of four meetings between the teams.
  • Brodeur faced just 14 shots in the first two periods and Toivonen saw 14 in the second alone.
  • New Jersey had a two-man power play for 59 seconds in the middle frame.
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The joke's on Boston goalie Tim Thomas as Jamie Langenbrunner scores in the first period.  (AP)
The joke's on Boston goalie Tim Thomas as Jamie Langenbrunner scores in the first period. (AP)
New Jersey  (17-9-2) «2035
Boston (14-11-2)0101
Three Stars
P. Elias

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
J. Langenbrunner

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
J. Pandolfo

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
11:19Jay Pandolfo (4), Snap Shot - Assists: Sergei Brylin, John Madden
18:47Jamie Langenbrunner (11), Snap Shot - Assists: Travis Zajac, Patrik Elias
03:00Marc Savard (7), Wrist Shot - Assists: Milan Jurcina, Patrice Bergeron
10:10Erik Rasmussen, Backhand Shot - Assists: Brian Gionta, Paul Martin
14:01Power Play - Patrik Elias (9), Wrist Shot - Assists: Scott Gomez, Johnny Oduya
16:58Sergei Brylin (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Jay Pandolfo, John Madden
Penalty Summary
13:36Chistov: Tripping - 2 min.
11:15Savard: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
12:16Donovan: Holding - 2 min.
08:02Alberts: Roughing - 2 min.
08:02Parise: Roughing - 4 min.
08:02Chara: Roughing - 2 min.
13:42Alberts: Roughing - 2 min.
13:42Rafalski: Charging - 2 min.
13:42Alberts: Charging - 2 min.
New Jersey14141442
Martin Brodeur59:54191
Tim Thomas20:00122
Hannu Toivonen39:52253
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Line Judges - Mark Pare, Mark Shewchyk
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