Bruins lead Northeast after win over Devils

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NEWARK, N.J. — Gregory Campbell scored twice in a three-goal first period and the Boston Bruins regained first place in the Northeast Division with a 5-4 victory over the reeling New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

Gregory Campbell (center) celebrates with Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand (right) after scoring a goal in Boston's victory.  JULIO CORTEZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Gregory Campbell (center) celebrates with Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand (right) after scoring a goal in Boston's victory.

In winning for the fifth time in six games, the Bruins scored three times against Martin Brodeur in the opening 8:12, took a four-goal lead and then held on. Daniel Paille and Campbell capped the outburst with short-handed goals in a 3:21 span.

Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin also scored and backup goaltender Anton Khudobin made 24 saves as the Bruins (56 points) moved a point ahead of the Montreal Canadiens with nine games to play in the lockout-shortened season.

Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Andy Greene and Matt D’Agostini scored for New Jersey, which has lost eight in a row (0-4-4) in seeing its playoff hopes fade. The slide is its longest since 1985-86.

D’Agostini’s goal got New Jersey within a goal with 37 seconds to play, but Boston dominated this game in moving into second place in the Eastern Conference behind Pittsburgh.

The first period was the difference, a session that included the sellout crowd 17,625 booing the home team a number of times and giving Brodeur sarcastic cheers after routine saves. He made only 13 stops in the game.

RANGERS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2 (SO)

In New York, Mats Zuc­carello scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Rangers overcame another two-goal performance by Toronto’s Phil Kessel to beat the Maple Leafs.

The Rangers moved back into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Zuccarello, called out before the game by Rangers coach John Tortorella to score more, connected in the second round of the tiebreaker against James Reimer. Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all three Toronto shooters, and the Rangers (20-16-4) moved into a flat-footed tie with the New York Islanders, who had claimed seventh on Tuesday.

The area rivals will meet Saturday on Long Island.

The Ottawa Senators also are even with the Rangers and Islanders with 44 points at the bottom of the East race. Toronto has 49 points.

Carl Hagelin and defenseman Ryan McDonagh both had a goal and assist in the second period for the Rangers, who carried a 2-1 lead into the third.

CANADIENS: Signed backup goalie Peter Budaj to a two-year contract extension.

Budaj is 6-1-1 record with a 2.17 goals-against average and one shutout in eight games this season. In eight seasons with Colorado and Montreal, the 30-year-old Slovak is 112-99-33 with a 2.79 GAA and 10 shutouts. Budaj joined the Canadiens as a free agent in July 2011.

BLUE JACKETS: Signed forward Lukas Sedlak to a standard three-year, entry-level contract.

The 20-year-old has spent the past two seasons with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, scoring 32 goals with 47 assists and 121 penalty minutes in 98 regular-season games. He added six goals and seven assists in 24 QMJHL playoff games. In 2012-13, he had 15 goals and 19 assists and 64 penalty minutes in 48 games.

A native of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, Sedlak represented his country at the 2012 and 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships.


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