NEWARK — The Bruins found a couple of shortcuts to the top of the Northeast Division Wednesday night, scoring twice while shorthanded in the first period, carrying a 4-0 lead into the first intermission, then doing just enough to hang on and pin a 5-4 loss on the Devils and get out of the Rock with a No. 2 seed in hand as the playoffs approach.
“We won a big game,’’ said Bruins coach Claude Julien, his squad slipping ahead of Montreal by one point in the Eastern Conference standings. “That’s a desperate [Devils] team. But there were a couple of things that took the fun away from the victory.’’