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Rapid reaction: Bruins 4, Devils 2

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night at TD Garden.

The Bruins received goals from Carl Soderberg (power play), Patrice Bergeron, Seth Griffith and Reilly Smith, while goaltender Tuukka Rask finished with 26 saves. Boston has also won seven of its last nine games. The Bruins are in the midst of this streak without the services of captain Zdeno Chara, who remains sidelined with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Meanwhile, the Bruins are receiving contributions from different players each game to keep this streak going.

The Devils gained an early 1-0 lead when Travis Zajac scored at 1:26 of the opening period. Boston responded with a power-play goal by Soderberg, who positioned himself perfectly at the top of the slot and beat Schneider to tie the game at 1-1 at 10:21. Bergeron netted his third goal of the season to give Boston a 2-1 advantage at 17:16 of the first period. The Bruins' forecheck forced a turnover and Bergeron was there to steal the puck and beat Schneider to the 5-hole.

The Devils tied the game at 2-2 at 13:00 of the second period when Jaromir Jagr's shot from the top of the right face-off circle beat Rask to the stick side. It was Jagr's third goal of the season.

Griffith scored a highlight-reel, backwards between-the-legs goal to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead at 18:01 of the second period. He blocked a shot just inside Boston's blue line, collected the puck in the neutral zone, split two defenders, broke in on Schneider, and with his back to the goalie, Griffith knocked in a backhander through his legs for his fifth tally of the season. That effort gave the Bruins a little more jump. Smith scored his fourth of the season for a 4-2 advantage at 19:21 of the second.

The Bruins held on defensively in the third, and Rask made a few timely saves, including a pair of stops on Jagr in the waning minutes.

BERGY STREAKING: With his goal and two assists, Bergeron extended his point streak to four games, giving him two goals and four assists for six points in this stretch.

KRUG RETURNS: After missing the past four games due to a broken pinky finger on his left hand, Bruins defenseman Torey Krug returned to the lineup Monday. He was paired with Zach Trotman. Fellow defenseman Matt Bartkowski was a healthy scratch for the fifth consecutive game.

UP NEXT: Monday's game opened the Bruins' fourth of 19 sets of three games in four nights this season. Boston travels to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre, then to Montreal to play the Canadiens on Thursday at Bell Centre.