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NHL Game Summary - Boston at New Jersey



(Wednesday, April 2nd)

Final Score: New Jersey 3, Boston 2 (SO)

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Zach Parise notched the lone goal of the shootout, lifting New Jersey over Boston, 3-2, at the Prudential Center.

After Marco Sturm failed for Boston to open the fourth round, Parise waited until he was within 10 feet before lifting a backhander just under the crossbar at the right post for the game-winner.

"I wanted to put it over his (Thomas') glove," Parise noted. "Some of the guys were saying he was dropping his glove. Just wanted to make a move and put it over his glove real quick and it worked."

Dainius Zubrus and David Clarkson tallied in regulation for the Devils, who have won three in a row. New Jersey improved to 97 points, four ahead of the idle Rangers for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Despite the win, the Devils were eliminated from winning the Atlantic Division crown. Pittsburgh led New Jersey by five points coming in and maintained that edge after a 4-2 win over Philadelphia.

Martin Brodeur made 25 stops to record his 43rd win of the year.

Dennis Wideman and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins, who have dropped two straight. Boston, with the extra point for the shootout loss, temporarily moved into a tie with idle sixth-seeded Ottawa with 92 points while also moving one point ahead of eighth-seeded Philadelphia.

Tim Thomas was solid in defeat, stopping 23 shots.

"Obviously you like to get two points this time of year, but we didn't," Thomas said. "We did a lot of the right things and that's what we gotta keep doing."

Zubrus pounced on a rebound in the slot and knocked home his 13th of the season to give the Devils a 1-0 lead 3:14 into the game.

Wideman's 5-on-3 power-play blast from the inner edge of the right circle knotted the game 37 seconds into the second, but Boston didn't click in its one-man advantage.

Zubrus appeared to score his second of the night with a little more than 7 1/2 minutes left in the period as he curled around the Bruins net from left to right and somehow snuck a stuffer off Thomas' pad and inside the right post.

A lengthy replay determined that Thomas trapped the puck along the goal line with his right pad but it did not fully cross the line.

The Bruins rebounded with 3:27 remaining, as Lucic accepted a lead pass from P.J. Axelsson, and backhanded a bouncing puck through Brodeur for a 2-1 lead.

Clarkson roofed a wrister with 5:28 left in regulation which forged a 2-2 deadlock, and each side was unable to net a clincher in regulation time.

A spirited overtime saw the clubs combine for 10 shots on net. The Devils successfully killed off a high-sticking call on Brian Gionta at the tail end of the extra session.

Game Notes

New Jersey won the season series, 3-1-0...Brodeur now has 537 career victories...Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts returned to the lineup after being out since mid-December with post-concussion syndrome...The Devils picked up four of the game's six penalties.

04/02 23:22:08 ET


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