BOSTON -- David Krejci scored an overtime winner to complete his hat trick as the Boston Bruins bounced back from Tuesday's lackluster effort to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Thursday. Milan Lucic had two assists, and Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist. Tim Thomas made 28 saves for the win.
Julien's line shuffling pays off: After his team was shut out for the fifth time in 13 games Tuesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien finally gave in and broke up his most consistent and productive line of Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin. Julien had Seguin riding shotgun on the right wing with David Krejci at center and Milan Lucic on the left wing. The move paid off as Krejci had probably his best game of 2012 with a hat trick, Lucic had two assists and Seguin had a goal and an assist. Here's what the rest of the lineup looked like:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Brian Rolston
Great start but second-period blues again: The Bruins had probably their best start in a month Thursday. Krejci scored 1:13 into regulation, Shawn Thornton got the crowd going even more in a marathon fight with Eric Boulton at 2:11 and then Seguin gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead at 8:10 of the opening frame. But the second-period blues hit again as the Bruins allowed three goals and trailed 3-2 after two. They came back hard in the third, but the lack of a 60-minute effort is still hurting this team.
Thomas settles down, comes up big in third period and OT: After allowing three goals on 11 shots in the second period, Tim Thomas rebounded with 10 saves in the third period and overtime to finish with 28 overall. Thomas made plenty of key saves during that stretch and once again proved why he is a clutch goaltender.
Ference hurt, does not return: Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference suffered a lower-body injury in the third period and did not return. Julien said he will be re-examined Friday.