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Krejci nets three as Bruins outlast Devils, 4-3

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Krejci nets three as Bruins outlast Devils, 4-3

BOSTON -- David Krejci's hat trick helped the Bruins to a 4-3 overtime win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at the TD Garden.

His line was rejuvenated with the likes of Tyler Seguin joining him and Milan Lucic as a trio. And it paid off, as Krejci scored Boston's first and last goals of the night, sealing the deal with two minutes remaining in overtime, putting a wrist shot upstairs from the slot.

The Devils scored three second-period goals to answer a 2-0 Bruins lead after the first period, but the Bruins got one back 5:30 into the third, as David Krejci put home how second goal of the night by knocking a bouncing puck into the net from the left post, tying the game at 3-3, and eventually sending it to overtime, where Krejci finished the hat trick.

Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo helped the Devils' scoring spree in the second period, as he got Ilya Kovalchuk's odd-man rush started 6:27 into the second period when he turned the puck over to the speedy winger's tape in the neutral zone. Kovalchuk stepped in down the right wing on a 2-on-1, sent a pass over to Zach Parise, and Parise finished with a shot upstairs to cut Boston's lead to 2-1.

Corvo was then caught looking at Patrik Elias as he put home a rebound at the left post to tie the game at 2-2 with 5:57 left in the second.

David Clarkson gave New Jersey its first lead of the game with 2:14 left in the period by sneaking a wrap-around under Tim Thomas' blocker and right pad.

Krejci and Seguin scored the two Bruins goals in the first, while playing together on the same line, a combination that worked out well on Thursday night.

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.

While there was hope he could return, Hayward's agent told Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics forward is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season.

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Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE