Marchand scores twice, Bruins end Devils 3-game win streak

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Brad Marchard scored twice and Jeremy Swayman made 27 saves and the Boston Bruins beat New Jersey 5-2 on Saturday, ending the Devils' three-game winning streak.

Erik Haula, Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk also scored as the Bruins ended a three-game losing streak on the road. Defenseman Charlie McAvoy added three assists in helping Swayman win his third straight game.

Rookie Dawson Mercer and Jesper Bratt each had a goal and an assist for New Jersey. Linemate Andreas Johnsson added two assists.

Boston never trailed after Haula scored his first goal of the season at 17:37 of the first period.

Marchand extended the advantage to 2-0 early in the second period with a power-play goal.

Mercer cut the lead to a goal just 28 seconds later, capping a quick counterattack. It was his fifth goal of the season.

Marchard restored the two-goal margin a little more than two minutes later, putting a rebound past Jonathan Bernier, who made 31 saves.

Bratt narrowed the lead to 3-2 with 36 seconds left in the second period off a nice feed from Mercer, but Bergeron made it 4-2 midway through the third period, tapping the rebound of a David Pastrnak over the line. DeBrusk scored into an empty net.

NOTES: The two-goal performance was Marchard's 50th multi-goal game with Boston, tying him for fifth in Bruins' history with linemate Patrice Bergeron. ... McAvoy has had at least two assists in three of the last five games. ... Boston is now 2-4 on the road.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Return home Sunday to host the Canadiens.

Devils: Cross the Hudson River to face the Rangers in New York on Sunday.

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Tom Canavan, The Associated Press

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