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Bruins blitz Devils with six-goal barrage

Fans near Devils goalie Brodeur leave the arena in the third period of their NHL hockey game in Newark.
Fans near Devils goalie Brodeur leave the arena in the third period of their NHL hockey game in Newark.

(Reuters) - The Boston Bruins blew away the New Jersey Devils with a six-goal blitz on Wednesday to move within a point of top spot in the Eastern Conference.

After going a goal down early in the first period, the Bruins hit back with six unanswered strikes to rout the Devils 6-1 and get back to winning ways.

Boston (25-10-1), last season's Stanley Cup champions, had a seven-games win streak snapped on Saturday but Wednesday's win closed the gap on the East-leading New York Rangers.

New Jersey took a 1-0 lead on David Clarkson's goal early in the first but that was the highlight of the Devils' night.

Gregory Campbell tied the score at 8:15 in the first period before Nathan Horton put the Bruins ahead five minutes later.

Patrice Bergeron made it 3-1 in the second after blocking a shot and taking the puck himself for a goal.

"You want to defend when someone is in a shooting zone, but to turn it into a goal and make them pay is a big turnaround," Bergeron told reporters.

He also added a snap shot early in the third to make it 4-1.

"I want to be in those situations. It's something really important."

David Krejci and Shawn Thornton also converted in the third to cap the devastating scoring burst.

Boston netminder Tim Thomas made 30 saves while Martin Brodeur conceded all six Bruins goals as the Devils (21-16-2) slumped to their second defeat in a row.

"They really dictated the game, the way it was going to be played," Brodeur said. "It didn't look like we had any answer for them. We got our butts kicked pretty good."

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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