NEWARK, N.J. — Damon Severson scored in the sixth round of the shootout Tuesday to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins at the Prudential Center.
Bruins Charlie McAvoy and Torey Krug are still out after sustaining injuries against the Capitals before the break. David Krejci and Connor Clifton also didn’t make the trip following Sunday’s 3-2 win over Buffalo.
Severson beat goalie Jaroslav Halak with a backhand and Mackenzie Blackwood clinched the win by stopping Patrice Bergeron.
“I figured if I could make a good fake and go backhand and get it upstairs, I’d have a better chance to score,” Severson said. “Ultimately it went in. That was a big one. It felt good.”
After being done 2-0 in the second period, Blake Coleman pulled the Devils with 2-1 at 8:58 of the frame, taking a Nikita Gusev pass in the slot and slapping it past Halak.
NJ Jesper Bratt then tied the game at 2-2 with 6:49 left in the third period by deflecting a P.K. Subban wrist shot past Halak.
Blake Coleman and Jesper Bratt scored for the Devils in regulation and goalie MacKenzie Blackwood stopped 28 shots as the Devils earned its second straight win.
Bruins Brad Marchand and Joakim Nordstrom scored and Jaroslav Halak goalie stopped 42 shots. The loss snapped the Bruins’ winning streak at three but they did extend their points streak to eight games (4-0-4).
The Bruins wasted no time grabbing a lead on Tuesday, converting on a power play just 2:03 into the contest. Devils goalie Mackezie Blackwood scrambled over to make a save on a David Pastrnak but the puck landed free in the crease, allowing Brad Marchand to tap it in for an easy goal. It is was his 20th goal of the season.
The Devils outshot the Bruins 19-5 in the third.
NJ had several opportunities to win the game in the third period, especially a shot by Sami Vatanen that clanked off the right post. They continued to push hard into the third and it paid off.
Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk fired a shot off the crossbar that almost slipped though, it was the best opportunity for either side in the overtime.
“Those are big points that you let slip by, and we have to rectify that,” Patrice Bergeron said to reporters. “Obviously, you don’t want to put yourself in position when you’re up by a goal in the third. We’re better than that in terms of closing games out but if you’re in that position you have to bear down to get that extra point.”