Gregory Campbell scored twice in a three-goal first period as the Boston Bruins regained first place in the Northeast Division with a 5-4 victory over the reeling New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.
In winning for the fifth time in six games, the Bruins scored three times against Martin Brodeur in the opening 8 minutes, 12 seconds, took a four-goal lead and then held on. Daniel Paille and Campbell capped the outburst with short-handed goals in a 3:21 span.
Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin also scored and backup goaltender Anton Khudobin made 24 saves as the Bruins (56 points) moved a point ahead of the Montreal Canadiens with nine games to play in the lockout-shortened season.
Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Andy Greene and Matt D’Agostini scored for New Jersey, who have lost eight straight (0-4-4) in seeing their playoff hopes fade. The slide is their longest since 1985-1986.
RANGERS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2, SO
In New York, Mats Zuccarello scored the lone goal in the shootout as the York Rangers overcame another two-goal performance by Toronto’s Phil Kessel.
The Rangers moved back into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Zuccarello, called out before the game by Rangers coach John Tortorella to score more, connected in the second round of the tiebreaker against James Reimer. Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all three Toronto shooters and the Rangers (20-16-4) moved into a flat-footed tie with the New York Islanders, who had claimed seventh on Tuesday.
The area rivals meet today on Long Island.
In other NHL action, it was:
‧ Avalanche 4, Ducks 1
‧ Coyotes 3, Oilers 1
‧ Canucks 4, Flames 1