Just when it looked like the condensed schedule and the heavy bodies of the New Jersey Devils would combine to carry the night at the Garden, the Bruins managed to grab not one but two points in a feel-good 2-1 shootout victory last night.

After Nathan Horton tied the game with 4:05 left in regulation, Brad Marchand beat Johan Hedberg through the 5-hole in the sixth round of the shootout, and then Tuukka Rask (27 saves) stopped Marek Zidlicky to give the B's an extremely hard-fought win to remain unbeaten in regulation at 5-0-1.

In their first of seven back-to-backs this season, the Bruins took all four points. And on both nights, they needed some third-period heroics.

"What was impressive is that we really came out strong in the third period of those back-to-back games with travel in between. They're not easy to work through," said coach Claude Julien. "I'm really proud of the way our guys handled it. And obviously, we were a determined group in the third period. And Horty, who has been playing better and better every game, came up with a big goal."