Devils Top Bruins 3-1

Actresses Eartha Kitt, left, and Rosie Perez, arrive at the post-performance cast party for "The Public Sings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration," an event showcasing the Public Theater's musical theater history, in New York Jan. 30, 2006.
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With Martin Brodeur getting a night off, Chris Terreri was right on.

Terreri, making his first start since returning to New Jersey, made 20 saves

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  • as the Devils beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 Saturday night.

    Jay Pandolfo scored the game-winner midway through the second period and Petr Sykora and Dave Andreychuk also scored for the Devils, who won their first home game after two losses at the Continental Airlines Arena.

    "I had a few butterflies before the game," Terreri said. "You don't want to go out there after three years away from the place and not give a solid effort. All I wanted to do was not let my teammates down."

    Terreri, reacquired from the Chicago Blackhawks over the summer, made his first Devils start since Nov. 11, 1995.

    Sergei Samsonov scored for Boston, which lost its third in a row. The game was the Bruins' sixth of a seven-game road trip.

    "It's really frustrating," said Bruins goaltender Robbie Tallas. "We were a team last year that rarely lost two games in a row. This is our third loss and that's not us. It's not what we're capable of doing.

    "We might have to look around the dressing room and say, 'Forget about last year.' This is our team this year. Let's start to create things."

    Sykora scored the only goal of the first period at 13:41 as he outfought Bruins defenseman Don Sweeney for the puck behind the Boston goal. Sykora chipped a shot toward the slot that bounced off Bruins defender Jason Allison past Tallas.

    Samsonov pulled the Bruins even at 3:11 of the second with a power-play goal that ended a long-scoring drought for Boston. Allison faked a shot from the right circle before sliding the puck to Samsonov in the slot for Boston's first score in a span of 118:39.

    Pandolfo scored the game-winner as he converted a centering feed from Brian Rolstn at 9:46 for a 2-1 Devils lead.

    "Rollie was just flying and he beat (Dave) Ellett to the puck," Pandolfo said. "I just wanted to go to the net and Rollie made a nice pass to me."

    Andreychuk added an insurance score with a power-play goal with 5:32 remaining in the third.

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