NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Brad Marchard scored twice and Jeremy Swayman made 27 saves and the Boston Bruins beat New Jersey 5-2 on Saturday, ending the Devils’ three-game winning streak.
Erik Haula, Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk also scored as the Bruins ended a three-game losing streak on the road. Defenseman Charlie McAvoy added three assists in helping Swayman win his third straight game.READ MORE: Keller @ Large: With Charlie Baker Out Of Governor's Race, Would Maura Healey Become Frontrunner?
Rookie Dawson Mercer and Jesper Bratt each had a goal and an assist for New Jersey. Linemate Andreas Johnsson added two assists.
Boston never trailed after Haula scored his first goal of the season at 17:37 of the first period.
Marchand extended the advantage to 2-0 early in the second period with a power-play goal.
Mercer cut the lead to a goal just 28 seconds later, capping a quick counterattack. It was his fifth goal of the season.READ MORE: Police Continue Searching For Missing UNH Student Vincenzo Lirosi
Marchard restored the two-goal margin a little more than two minutes later, putting a rebound past Jonathan Bernier, who made 31 saves.
Bratt narrowed the lead to 3-2 with 36 seconds left in the second period off a nice feed from Mercer, but Bergeron made it 4-2 midway through the third period, tapping the rebound of a David Pastrnak over the line. DeBrusk scored into an empty net.
NOTES: The two-goal performance was Marchard’s 50th multi-goal game with Boston, tying him for fifth in Bruins’ history with linemate Patrice Bergeron. … McAvoy has had at least two assists in three of the last five games. … Boston is now 2-4 on the road.
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Bruins: Return home Sunday to host the Canadiens.
Devils: Cross the Hudson River to face the Rangers in New York on Sunday.
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