Griffith goal leads Bruins to 4-2 win over Devils
BOSTON (AP) — Seth Griffith scored a goal destined for the highlight reels to break a second-period deadlock and Reilly Smith added another just 80 seconds later to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.
It was the fifth straight victory for the Bruins.
Griffith split two Devils as he crossed the blue line and, when New Jersey defenseman Marek Zidlicky spun him around, he slapped the puck backward between his own legs and the legs of goalie Cory Schneider.
The play got a big cheer from the capacity crowd— and an even bigger one when it was replayed on the scoreboard and fans could see in slow motion what had happened.
Smith made it 4-2 with 39 seconds left in the second period. Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists.
Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots for Boston.
Schneider made 19 saves for the Devils, who lost their fourth consecutive game.
Travis Zajac scored and also assisted on Jaromir Jagr’s goal — it was Jagr’s 708th goal, equaling Mike Gartner for sixth on the NHL’s career list.
At Raleigh, Justin Faulk had a goal and two assists and Jeff Skinner scored his 100th career goal as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Calgary Flames 4-1.
David Jones gave the Flames a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 13:07 of the first period.
Zach Boychuk tied it with 2:30 left in the first period for the Hurricanes, who won for the fifth time in six games.
Faulk scored a power-play goal at 4:50 of the second period, four seconds after Devin Setoguchi went off for holding the stick. Faulk scored from the slot after taking a pass off the faceoff from Riley Nash.
Skinner’s goal gave the Hurricanes a 3-1 lead at 12:15 of the second.
He became the fourth-youngest player in franchise history to score 100 goals — behind Sylvain Turgeon, Ron Francis and Geoff Sanderson — but the youngest since the team moved from Hartford in 1997.
Skinner later added an assist on Tim Gleason’s third-period goal that made it 4-1. It was Gleason’s first goal of the season.