BOSTON -- After an impressive three-goal first period, the Bruins allowed four power-play goals and fell to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at TD Garden. It was just their third loss in 10 games.
The B’s continued to get point production from their first line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla -- nearly exclusively -- with each having a significant hand in the early scoring run.
However, the Devils came back to erase a one-goal deficit in the third period, scoring two power-play goals within the final minute-and-a-half of play.
PK LEAKY: New Jersey scored on two of its first three power-play opportunities.
Adam Henrique cashed in on a rebound from the slot at 11:24 of the first to make it a 2-1 game.
The Devils again cut the deficit to a goal with Damien Brunner’s shot finding a small opening in between Rask’s right pad and the short-side post with 28 seconds remaining in the second. It was Brunner’s second point of the game, after picking up an assist on Henrique’s tally.
Things went from bad to worse after a high-sticking double minor was assessed to Torey Krug at 16:45 of the third. In addition, after a delay-of-game penalty was whistled on Patrice Bergeron with 1:49 to play, New Jersey was set to close the game with a 5-on-3 advantage.
Marek Zidlicky scored the game-tying goal with 1:08 to play before Andy Greene scored the game-winner in the final minute of play.
FIRST-LINE DOMINANCE: Lucic, Krejci and Iginla, again, collectively came to play and have now combined for 31 points through 10 games played.
The trio factored in each of the Bruins’ three first-period goals, with Krejci raising his team-best points total to 12 with a pair of assists. Lucic also tallied his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
Meanwhile, Iginla scored a goal for a second straight game.
RUNAWAY TRAIN: Lucic is off to perhaps his finest start to a season as a Bruin. The left-winger has landed on the score sheet in 8 of 10 games, and ran his points streak to four straight games.
Lucic got in the act early, setting the screen on Torey Krug’s point shot power-play goal that squirted through Martin Brodeur at 7:52. After Iginla scored on a pass deflected off the skate blade of a Devils defenseman at 9:19, Lucic capped a 2-point first period with a 5-hole wrister. Barreling down the left-side wing at 19:04, Lucic reestablished a 2-goal lead following Adam Henrique’s power-play goal.
THE JAGR HAS RE-ENTERED THE BUILDING: Jaromir Jagr made his return to TD Garden, getting the start playing alongside Patrik Elias and Andrei Loktionov
Before Saturday’s faceoff, Bruins head coach Claude Julien praised Jagr’s leadership, adding that while the 20-year veteran was unable to put the puck in the net in 22 playoff games last spring, he was a critical element to their run at the Cup.
“He was a good example for young guys, working out, doing extra and trying to stay on the top of his game,” Julien said. “Obviously, at that age you have to do that to stay at the top of your game. So he led by example in a lot of ways.
“Good memories [of him], we were happy to have him.”
Jagr picked up an assist on Henrique’s rebound goal from the slot in the first, extending his streak of four straight games with a helper.