Langenbrunner scores two goals in Devils’ 3-1 victory over Bruins

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BOSTON (AP)—Jamie Langenbrunner scored two goals to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in a game played in front of about only 1,500 people due to a major snowstorm.

Brian Gionta also scored and Martin Brodeur stopped 19 shots for the Devils, who halted a two-game losing skid that came after a nine-game winning streak.

Marc Savard had a power-play goal for Boston, which snapped a three-game winning streak at home. The Bruins played 11 of their previous 13 on the road.

New Jersey jumped ahead 1-0 on Gionta’s goal 10:57 into the second period when he snapped a shot that slipped between the pads of goalie Alex Auld.

With Andrew Alberts off for a double-minor for high sticking and Zdeno Chara whistled for slashing, the Devils cashed in on the two-man advantage when Langenbrunner one-timed a shot inside the left post at 14:34 to make it 2-0.

Savard’s power play score cut to 2-1 just 1:31 into the third.

The Bruins didn’t generate many scoring chances after Savard’s goal, and Langenbrunner sealed it with an empty-netter in the final minute.

During pregame introductions, the building was darkened and snow flakes were shown falling on the jumbotron and along the message boards that ring the arena, reminding many of the fans what was going on outside in the area’s first major snowfall of the season that was expected to dump about 10 inches. Traffic along a major river road that winds along the city toward the TD Banknorth Garden was snarled, forcing many to sit for two hours for a trip that lasts a few miles as at least a half dozen cars were abandoned.

In the building, it had the appearance of a preseason game with very little natural crowd noise. Neither team scored in a first period that had very few chances and limited action until a late fight between Boston’s Milan Lucic and the Devils David Clarkson.

Notes

The paid attendance was 12,064. … Boston went 8-5 in its recent 13-game stretch. … The Devils won 4-3 in OT in the teams’ last meeting on Dec. 5 in New Jersey. … Boston G Manny Fernandez had surgery on his left knee on Wednesday. … Devils LW Jay Pandolfo missed his seventh straight game with a strained groin. … Auld, acquired for a minor leaguer and a fifth round pick in 2009 on Dec. 6, started his fourth consecutive game.

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Goals: 2
Assists: 0
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Assists: 1
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Goalie Team Shot Save
Martin Brodeur StL 20 19

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