In Newark, Patrice Bergeron scored in the middle frame to get the Boston Bruins even with the New Jersey Devils at 1-1.
That score held through the rest of regulation before the Devils grabbed a 2-1 win in extra time..
Egor Sharangovich won it for the Devils with just two seconds left on the clock.
“I think it’s the best moment in my hockey career,” Sharangovich said. “[I’m] really happy because we won. We’ll take two points in [the] second game and I scored [my] first goal in [the] NHL. I don’t know … I’m really happy.”
It was his first NHL goal.
“It was really great pass from Severson,” Sharangovich said. “It’s such a good pass and then I just have a breakaway and I close my eyes and shoot it. Right now, I just keep [the game puck] with me. After the season, when I go home, I’ll just keep it with me.”
Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 save to get the win, the first for Lindy Ruff as their new head coach.
“It was awesome (to get the win),” Ruff said. “To get the win the way we did; we said we need to be a good defensive team and I thought we played well away from the puck, and you can win a lot of different ways, but I really felt it was a total 60-minute game where everybody really played well for us.”
Miles Wood struck in the first period for the early 1-0 lead to the Devils.“I thought early on we were kind of not fast enough and not closing hard enough to get that sustained pressure in their zone,” Bergeron said. “When they were able to break out, they beat guys and you’re backchecking and you’re spending energy that you don’t want to in your own end. I thought after that we got better, and it was because of our compete and we were stronger on the puck.”
Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves in the loss.
“It was one of those afternoon games that we have to find energy early in the game,” Halak said. “In the first period, we were a little bit slower than them, but as the game went on, we picked up our pace. We all know, as a group, we need to be better from the get-go. We need to play for 60 minutes.”