Devils defeat Bruins in OT for Ruffs first win as coach


NEWARK, N.J. —  Egor Sharangovich scored his first NHL goal with two seconds remaining in overtime to give Lindy Ruff his first win as coach of the New Jersey Devils with a 2-1 victory against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center on Saturday.

Sharangovich scored from the slot after taking a backhand pass from defenseman Damon Severson.

Ruff, who was hired July 9, got his first coaching win since he was with the Dallas Stars in 2016-17. He is sixth in NHL history in wins (737) and seventh in games coached (1,495).

Miles Wood scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 saves for the Devils (1-0-1).

Patrice Bergeron scored, and Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves for the Bruins (1-0-1).

Wood gave the Devils a 1-0 lead on a deflection at the left post off a shot from the left point by rookie defenseman Ty Smith at 16:15 of the first period.

Video: BOS@NJD: Bergeron scores SHG in 2nd period

Bergeron tied the game on a shorthanded goal off a snap shot from between the face-off circles at 17:16 of the second period.

The Bruins had a goal disallowed because of goalie interference against forward Craig Smith at 16:01 of the second. Boston used a coach’s challenge but the call on the ice was upheld.

The Bruins defeated the Devils 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday in the season opener for each team.

Bruins forward Ondrej Kase sustained an upper-body injury early in the second period and did not return. 

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