BOSTON — Five quick takes from the Bruins' 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night at TD Garden:
1. Streaking on. The Bruins now have points in 17 consecutive games, having gone 13-0-4 since losing to Washington back on Dec. 14. It's now tied for the third-longest such streak in team history; they last went 17 games without a regulation loss between Jan. 5 and Feb. 13, 1983. Boston's team record is 23 contests without a regulation loss, which took place in 1940-41.
2. Shooting gallery. The Bruins came out flat in the first period against a Devils team that had played the previous night at home. New Jersey peppered goalie Tuukka Rask with 20 shots over the first 20 minutes, but the Boston keeper stopped them all (and wound up with 37 saves on the night). It was their most shots allowed in one period since the Los Angeles Kings put 21 on net in the second period against the Bruins on Feb. 9, 2016.
4. Trio in the 20s. When Patrice Bergeron scored a 5-on-3 power play goal in the second period, he became the third Bruin to net 20 goals this season, joining linemates Brad Marchand (21) and David Pastrnak (20). Boston became the first team in the NHL this season to have a trio of 20-goal snipers.
4. Timing malfunction. There was a delay of nearly 13 minutes following Bergeron's goal as the game officials tried to sort out the penalty situation regarding the Devils. Miles Wood had been assessed a double minor for cross checking and interference, and 33 seconds later Marcus Johansson was whistled off for tripping, creating the 5-on-3 situation. After Bergeron scored for Boston, the officials couldn't seem to configure what was left of New Jersey's penalty time. Finally, it was determined that two full minutes remained on Wood's second infraction, as well as 1:19 of Johansson's minor. The Devils then successfully killed off both penalties.
5. Nasty Brad. Marchand scored one of the prettiest goals of the season, giving the Bruins a 3-2 lead with 32.9 seconds to play in the second period. Skating his off wing lane with the puck on a 2-on-1, Marchand watched Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen slide towards David Krejci. With a clear lane to the goal, Marchand patiently bore down on goalie Cory Schneider and faked to his forehand, drew it back to his backhand, then reversed course and went back to his forehand was Schneider dropped to the ice. In that instant, Marchand came back to his backhand and calmly tucked the puck under Schneider's sprawling glove hand. It was goal scoring mastery at its finest.
"I was look for Krejc originally," said Marchand, "but then (Vatanen) took him away. I just tried to make a move ... I got lucky a bit, but it worked out."