BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins won their sixth straight game with a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden. Benoit Pouliot scored the game winner with 3:01 left in regulation to cap off a high-scoring third period in which the two teams combined for five goals after being tied 1-1 through two periods. Brad Marchand, Shawn Thornton and Chris Kelly scored goals as well for the Bruins, and Tim Thomas made 27 saves for the win.
Pouliot finally makes presence felt: With Pouliot having had only one goal in his previous 10 games, coach Claude Julien decided to scratch him Saturday night and play emergency call-up Zach Hamill despite the fact that Hamill was no longer needed with Rich Peverley returning from injury. Pouliot apparently understood the move, as he played much better Tuesday and netted the decisive goal. Pouliot was right where he should be, using his size and tenacity in front of the net for a rebound. If he continues that, he won't be sitting in the press box very often.
Marchand answers in-game demotion: After taking a rather bad roughing penalty at 12:28 of the second period that led to the Devils' first goal, Brad Marchand was demoted to the third line, with Benoit Pouliot moving up to left wing alongside Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin. Marchand got only two more shifts in the period. Apparently he got the message from Julien because only six seconds into the third period, Marchand lit the lamp to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead at the time. Marchand now has a three-game goal streak and a six-game point streak that includes four goals and five assists.
Thornton's hard work rewarded: Shawn Thornton got his first goal of the season and first since April 11 last season. Thornton took a beautiful feed from Jordan Caron and buried it past Johan Hedberg at 3:40 of the third period. Thornton won't show up on the score sheet a lot, but it's great to see his constant hard work rewarded.
Military Appreciation Night at the Garden: As they always do around Veterans Day, the Bruins held Military Appreciation Night on Tuesday to honor local military personnel and their families. Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg each purchased $5,000 worth of tickets that were donated to local military and families. Stick tap for class to the Bruins!
Pouliot returns; Paille and Ference remain out: After sitting in the press box as a healthy scratch Saturday, Pouliot returned to the lineup Tuesday and was on the left wing with Chris Kelly at center and Rich Peverley at right wing on the third line. Daniel Paille (broken nose) and Andrew Ference (lower body) remained sidelined. Here's what the lineup looked like:
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Steven Kampfer-Adam McQuaid