NEWARK, N.J. – Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, and Tim Thomas made 30 saves in the Boston Bruins’ 6-1 rout of the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

The defending Stanley Cup champions got back on track after their seven-game winning streak was snapped Saturday against Dallas. Boston (25-10-1) moved within one point of the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.

New Jersey (21-16-2) had dropped two straight after winning two in a row and 7 of 9.

Gregory Campbell got Boston even at 1 in the first period, and Nathan Horton scored his fifth power-play goal of the season to give the Bruins the lead. David Krejci and Shawn Thornton added goals in the third.

David Clarkson put the Devils on top with his team-leading 14th goal, but it wasn’t enough to keep New Jersey from its most lopsided loss since a 6-1 defeat at Colorado on Nov. 30.

Shortly after Thornton and Cam Janssen squared off in a long fight, Devils captain Zach Parise stole the puck, skated up left wing and sent a pass to Clarkson, who fired a wrist shot past Thomas at 4:24 for a power-play goal that made it 1-0.

The Bruins then stormed back.

A wrist shot by Boston defenseman Andrew Ference hit Campbell on the right skate in front and deflected past goalie Martin Brodeur, who made his fourth straight start. He had won 5 of 7.

A few minutes later, Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder was whistled for delay of game and the Bruins capitalized. Horton scored his 10th goal of the season when he took a pass from Krejci in front. Horton’s shot was initially deflected by Brodeur, but the puck trickled in to give the Bruins a 2-1 advantage at 13:17 of the first.

CANADIENS 7, JETS 3: Lars Eller had four goals and an assist, Travis Moen had three assists, and Montreal bounced back from a 1-5 trip by thrashing Winnipeg.


The Dallas Stars activated defenseman Stephane Robidas from injured reserve. He missed six games because of a lower-body injury suffered in practice Dec. 20. … Calgary Flames forward Rene Bourque was suspended five games by the NHL for elbowing Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom in the head Tuesday night. … Rangers Coach John Tortorella was hit with a large fine by the NHL for critical comments of the league and the officials in New York’s Winter Classic victory over Philadelphia. Just hours after Tortorella publicly apologized for his remarks, the NHL fined him. and the NBC Sports Network reported that the fine was $30,000. … Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo was suspended seven games by the NHL for boarding Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert on Monday night.