"If we had been playing better right from the start, we might be able to absorb losses like this," Bruins defenseman Brian Leetch
said. "We need the points and these kind of games are killers for us."
Bergeron scored the only goal of the first period, on a power play at 8:49. Samsonov stretched the Bruins' lead to 2-0 only 30 seconds into the second period, beating Brodeur after Devils defenseman Richard Matvichuk knocked Thornton into the Devils' goalie.
The Devils outshot the Bruins 17-4 the rest of the period and finally broke through against Raycroft when Gionta scored at 13:14. It was his team-leading 16th goal of the season and 11th in the last 12 games.
New Jersey pulled even 5:27 into the third period as Pandolfo knocked in the rebound of Madden's shot past Raycroft.