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Associated Press
12/9/2006 11:26:41 PM


BOSTON (AP) - The New Jersey Devils' winning formula remains the same: play good defence and then count on Martin Brodeur to make the saves.

Jay Pandolfo and Jamie Langenbrunner scored first-period goals, and Brodeur stopped 19 shots to lead the Devils to their season-high, fifth straight win, a 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

The Devils' winning streak came after a season-high, four-game losing streak. They led 2-0 after one period and that was all they needed.

"It's not rocket science. It's smart hockey. It's Devils' hockey, I guess," New Jersey defenceman Colin White said. "With Marty back there, we rely on him most of the year."

New Jersey, which has played inconsistently on the road, while going nearly unbeaten at home (11-1-1), had lost four of five away from Continental Airlines Arena. The Devils improved to 6-8-1 on the road.

The Devils increased their record to 14-2-1 when scoring first. A one-goal deficit had been tough enough for most opponents. But with Brodeur, two was more than the surging Bruins could overcome.

"They're a tough team to come back against, I know that," Boston coach Dave Lewis said. "You've got to get a lot of quality chances to get it past Marty Brodeur, especially with the way they play with their system and discipline."

Eric Rasmussen, Patrik Elias and Sergei Brylin scored third-period goals for the Devils after the Bruins cut their deficit to 2-1.

"If we can get a lead and we have (Marty) back there, we know we have a chance," Devils right wing Brian Gionta said.

Marc Savard scored the goal for Boston, which lost for just the fourth time in 14 games.

Boston goaltender Tim Thomas, playing in his 21st straight game, was lifted at the start of the second period in favour of Hannu Toivonen.

The Devils outshot the Bruins 42-20.

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