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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Boston



(Saturday, October 29th)

Final Score: New Jersey 5, Boston 4 (SO)

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Viktor Kozlov scored during a shootout and added two goals and an assist, leading New Jersey to a 5-4 win over Boston at TD Banknorth Garden.

Alexander Mogilny added a goal and two assists for the Devils, winners of two in a row and four of their last six. Scott Clemmensen had 27 saves in the win.

Joe Thornton scored during the shootout and had one goal and three helpers in the loss -- Boston's third in four games. Hannu Toivonen turned aside 30 of the 34 shots he faced.

With the score knotted at three apiece in the third period, Samsonov took a nice feed from Thornton behind the net and snapped a shot past a screened Clemmensen at 7:14 for a 4-3 count. Samsonov has seven goals this season.

The lead looked good for the Bruins until Mogilny tied the game on the power play with less than three minutes to go in regulation. Mogilny wristed a shot from the right circle over Toivonen's left shoulder and under the crossbar.

"We can't continue to take penalties and expect to win games," Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan said.

Clemmensen made an excellent save on Brian Leetch in close with 38 seconds left in overtime to force a shootout.

Kozlov scored first in the shootout, but Sergei Samsonov missed on his chance for the Bruins. After Mogilny was stuffed, Thornton netted a backhander. Brian Gionta then scored for the Devils, but Glen Murray missed to end the game.

Jay Pandolfo opened the scoring with his third goal of the season 3:01 into the first period. John Madden blasted a shot that was turned aside by Toivonen, but Pandolfo snapped home the rebound from the slot.

"I love coming back here and scoring," Pandolfo said. "Obviously, I'm from here and have a lot of friends and family in the crowd, so it makes it nice when you score and get the win."

Boston made it 1-1 exactly two minutes later on P.J. Axelsson's fifth tally. Clemmensen was behind the net and couldn't track down a poor dump off the back boards. Axelsson was in front and wristed the puck into the empty net.

Thornton scored at the 15:24 mark of the opening period when he intercepted an errant pass inside the New Jersey zone and slid the puck underneath Clemmensen's pads, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

The Bruins then made it 3-1 on Murray's seventh goal of the season 7:39 into the second period. Thornton fed Samsonov down low and the Russian slipped the puck in front to Murray, who beat Clemmensen glove side for his seventh tally of the season.

Kozlov lit the lamp twice to tie the game at 3-3. His first goal at 17:26 of the second period was good after a review and another tally 5:55 into the third evened the score. Mogilny assisted on both goals.

Game Notes

New Jersey is 5-3-2 in the last 10 meetings with Boston...The Devils are 3-1-1 in their last five at Boston...New Jersey ended 1-for-9 on the power play and killed off each of Boston's five chances with the man advantage.

10/29 23:07:37 ET


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