Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save against New Jersey Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky (2) during a shootout following overtime at at TD Garden. With the save the Bruins won the game. (Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports)
Marchand, Bruins earn shootout win
The Bruins, improving to 5-0-1 with their second win in as many nights, forced overtime when Nathan Horton scored with 4:05 left in regulation before the teams played a scoreless five extra minutes. Both goalies then gave up a goal on the first shootout attempt but the competition went six rounds before Marchand got the puck between the legs of veteran backup goalie Johan Hedberg and Rask stopped defenseman Marek Zidlicky to give the Bruins their second shootout win of the young season.
The Bruins have earned at least one point in the first six games for the first time since starting 5-0-1 in 1970-71.
Rask improved to 10-7 in career shootouts, while Hedberg, playing in a game for the first time since last April, fell to 23-9.
The Bruins, who haven't allowed a third-period goal this season - outscoring their opponents 7-0 - tied the game when Horton took a return pass from David Krejci and slid his third goal of the season past a partially screened Hedberg.
Horton, who missed much of last season because of his second concussion, scored his third goal and has five points in the young season, with at least one point in the last four games.
Hedberg, who at 39 is a year younger than Devils starter and future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur, was perfect and not severely tested until Horton ended what would have been New Jersey's first TD Garden shutout since Brodeur pulled it off Dec. 30, 2002.
Brodeur had led the Devils to a 3-0-1 start, but New Jersey has lost its last two games in extra time.
The Bruins had run their season-opening streak of penalty kills to 24 straight when the Devils broke through at 8:30 of the second period. Zidlicky backed his way along the blue line before unleashing a screened slap shot. The puck hit Clarkson on the way to the net and beat Rask, giving Clarkson his fourth goal and a five-game points streak.
NOTES: Hedberg on his first start: "It's been a long time. I'm excited to get back and play in a game again." He was 17-7-2 with four shutouts with a career-best 2.23 goals-against average last season. ... Matt Anderson became a 30-year-old rookie when he debuted for the Devils on Tuesday night. ... Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid returned after missing Monday night's win at Carolina due to the death of his grandmother. However, he didn't dress.