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Saturday, October 25th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (4-2-2-0) at New Jersey Devils (2-2-2-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of Atlantic Division rivals face off this evening, when the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils tangle with the Boston Bruins at Continental Airlines Arena.

New Jersey put an end to a two-game skid on Friday night with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brian Gionta scored with 7:20 remaining in the third period to lift the Devils to the win.

Brian Rafalski also lit the lamp for the Devils, while Martin Brodeur stopped 17 shots in the win. The Devils have not dropped three straight tilts in regulation since March 4-8, 2002.

New Jersey has captured eight of the last nine meetings with Pittsburgh

The Bruins had a five-game unbeaten streak snapped with a 2-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. Andrew Raycroft stopped 30 shots for the Bruins, who had won four straight. Boston suffered its first shutout since a 3-0 blanking at the hands of Florida on January 15, 2003.

Prior to Thursday, Boston had reeled off victories over Dallas, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Colorado, including a 4-1 win Tuesday in Denver to wrap-up a six- game road trip.

Michal Grosek, Brian Rolston, Jeff Jillson and Mike Knuble all tallied in the win, while Glen Murray and Joe Thornton each added three assists. Felix Potvin stopped 26 of 27 shots to record his second decision of the season.

These teams met on opening night, skating to a 3-3 tie at the FleetCenter. The Devils are 2-1-2 against the Bruins since the start of last season, including a 1-0-1 mark at the Meadowlands.

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