BOSTON -- Despite coming out flat and trailing by a goal late in the game, the Bruins were able to earn two points in a 2-1 shootout win over the Devils at TD Garden.
Nathan Horton tied the game for Boston with 4:05 left in regulation and Brad Marchand scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Bruins their third straight win. Tyler Seguin also scored in the shootout (actually twice because of fan interference forcing a redo of his shot). In net, Tuukka Rask returned from a night off and made 25 saves in regulation and overtime, then stopped five of six New Jersey shooters in the shootout.
Krejci and Horton en fuego -- The Horton comeback story is starting to gain steam. Horton scored his third goal of the season and has a four-game point streak, with three goals and two assists in that span. Krejci also extended his point streak to four games with an assist on the Horton goal and has a goal and four assists in that span and six points on the season. Both players look rejuvenated playing together again, as does linemate Milan Lucic, who had a helper on the Horton goal.
Rask returns between the pipes -- Rask was back in net for the Bruins after getting a break in Carolina, where Anton Khudobin filled in admirably with 29 saves in a 5-3 win. Rask seems to be embracing the No. 1 role and wanting to prove he deserves it. Even with his team searching for a spark and energy in front of him, Rask was there for them to lean on, which goes a long way in building the team's confidence in him.
Penalty kill streak ends at 24 -- After killing off 24 straight power plays, the Bruins' penalty-kill unit finally allowed a power-play goal when David Clarkson scored on the man-advantage at 8:30 of the second period. Boston killed off four of five New Jersey power plays Tuesday and has now killed off 28 out of 29 on the season.
Back-to-back fatigue? -- The Bruins didn't seem to have the same jump that they've had in their first five games and that could very well be a result of the team's first back-to-back games this season. Boston will play seven back-to-backs in the shortened 48-game season and it will be interesting to see how they and other NHL teams respond to the rigors of the condensed schedule.
Goalies getting more protection again -- The Bruins were called for two goalie interference minors and while one of them -- the one on David Krejci at 1:32 of the third period -- was questionable, it's clear that there is again a mandate this season on protecting the netminders. It will be interesting to see how that affects players such as Lucic and Horton, whose games depend on driving to the net.
McQuaid out again -- Adam McQuaid was back in Boston and at the game Tuesday after attending his grandmother's funeral services in Prince Edward Island, but he spent the game watching from the press box as a healthy scratch. That meant Aaron Johnson was in the lineup for a second straight game. Here's what the rest of the lineup looked like:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Aaron Johnson-Andrew Ference