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Tuesday, March 18th (All times Eastern)

Boston Bruins (46-17-5) at New Jersey Devils (29-26-13), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Veteran Jarome Iginla has put a slow start behind him to become one of the Boston Bruins' most consistent scoring threats. The forward will try to lead his club to a 10th straight win on Tuesday night in a road matchup with the New Jersey Devils.

Iginla, in his first season with the Bruins, did not score a goal in his first eight games and had scored just five times going into December. However, the 36-year-old has recently gotten hot with 12 goals and 26 points over his past 19 games and now leads Boston with 25 goals on the season.

Iginla has five goals over his last three games, scoring twice in Monday's 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. That effort came in his 1,300th NHL game and gave him 555 goals over his career.

Reilly Smith added his first tally in 16 games, Loui Eriksson also scored and Tuukka Rask made 33 saves as the Bruins extended their longest winning streak since a 10-game span from Nov. 1-23, 2011.

Boston has allowed just one goal in each of its last four games.

"We've played some really good games and then we've played some OK games," said Rask. "It's a sign of a good team when you win when you don't play at your best. And I think we've just found a way to win most nights."

The Bruins have build a 16-point lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division and also are five points in front of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the most in the East.

After taking all three games of a recent homestand, the Bruins will play three straight on the road looking to extend an 11-game point streak as the guest (8-0-3).

It is unknown if Rask will start again tonight or if backup Chad Johnson will face the Devils for the first time. Rask is 3-2-2 with a 1.44 goals against average and two shutouts in eight career meetings (6 starts) with New Jersey.

New Jersey is being led by its own veterans in the 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr and 41-year-old netminder Martin Brodeur. Jagr leads the Devils with 58 points off 22 goals and 36 assists, while Brodeur is set to make his 34th appearance of the season tonight.

With Devils netminder Cory Schneider having allowed 15 goals over a personal three-game slide, Brodeur got the start on Saturday versus the Lightning and posted 29 saves in a 3-0 loss.

New Jersey lost the final two of a three-game road trip and kicks off a five- game homestand having won eight of its past 11 at home. The Devils do so five points behind a wild card spot in the East.

"We have to move on and try to win some games," said Brodeur, who came up with a stop on a second-period penalty shot. "If we lose much more we're going to have to rely on other teams and that's not something you want to happen."

The Devils netted a pair of power-play goals in the final 68 seconds of a 4-3 win over the hosting Bruins back on Oct. 26. That snapped a seven-game series losing streak to Boston and was just their second win over the club in the previous 13 meetings.

Marek Zidlicky tied the game with 1:08 remaining while the Devils were skating 6-on-3 and Andy Greene scored the game-winner on a 5-on-4 advantage with 44.1 seconds left.

Boston has won three straight and five of its past six in New Jersey.

Brodeur is 25-22-10 with a 2.58 GAA and four shutouts in his career versus the Bruins, making 25 saves in the October victory.

03/18 10:39:39 ET

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Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
Final
PIT 2
CAR 4
 
Final
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
2nd
UF 43
UNC 58
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
Final
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
4th
TOR 71
DAL 77
 
Final
DET 88
MIL 104
 
4th
ATL 96
NOP 89
 
3rd
HOU 59
LAC 75
 
3rd
OKC 74
NYK 42
 
3rd
IND 66
ORL 55
 
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SAN 61
SAC 51
 
2nd
DEN 40
PHO 24
 
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LAL
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Final
WMICH 21
NILL 31
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SMU 9
HOU 35
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IOWA 34
NEB 37
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SFLA 0
UCF 16
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MARS 66
WKENT 67
Final
KSU 27
AKR 24
Final
BGU 24
BST 41
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
Final
EMICH 16
TOL 52
Final
MIZZ 21
ARK 14
Final
SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
Final
ARZ 42
ARST 35
Final
AFA 27
COLST 24
Final
UCLA 10
STAN 31
2nd
VT 10
UVA 13
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
Final
TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
Final
NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
Final
BRO 81
PVU 71
Final
RIU 66
SCU 44
Final
NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
Final
DART 68
MAST 67
Final
WRST 59
FIU 61
Final
XAV 73
UTEP 77
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OSU 73
JMU 56
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TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
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TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
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AKAN 51
MIZST 55
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BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
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PROV 72
YALE 66
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UGA 62
MINN 66
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WISC 69
OKLA 56
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Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
Final
PEAY 62
STEPH 83
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FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
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VALPO 66
DRAK 46
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CIN 69
MTST 51
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SDU 75
PRIN 65
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WASU 76
RICE 74
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CSFU 64
USCU 79
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GT 61
RIDE 54
 
Final
TXPA 79
ALAST 91
 
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
Final
TCU 57
BRAD 49
 
Final
WAKE 65
DELST 72
 
Final
HART 83
EMERSON 50
 
Final
STJ 66
GONZ 73
 
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CLEM 62
HIGH 59
 
Final
SYR 72
HC 48
 
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MD 61
MON 56
 
Final
JVST 74
SAV 71
 
Final
MIAMI 87
SALA 75
 
Final
RUTG 68
VANDY 65
 
2nd
PETE 63
TENST 58
 
2nd
MARS 49
CLST 54
 
2nd
JST 45
HOF 78
 
2nd
INDST 42
MEM 54
 
2nd
UF 43
UNC 58
 
2nd
LATU 59
SAMF 43
 
2nd
TULA 67
SELA 55
 
2nd
NEB 67
TENNM 58
 
2nd
MISS 41
CREI 44
 
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PORT 37
MURST 42
 
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MARQ 22
MSU 23
 
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ARK 31
UNT 30
 
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NCOL 29
STET 18
 
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IND 40
UNCG 27
 
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SJST 18
WMICH 31
 
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MNTST 37
TXARL 28
 
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UVA 4
LAS 0
 
1st
STLU 0
MSST 6
 
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COLST 5
PAC 1
 
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UTAH
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BAY
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UAB
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11:30pm Tonight
WASH
LBSU
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UCSB
MERC
Final
PHI 0
NYR 3
Final
ANA 1
CHI 4
Final
WAS 5
NYI 2
Final
PIT 2
CAR 4
 
2nd Intermission
NJD 4
DET 4
 
2nd Intermission
BUF 2
MON 1
 
Final
CLB 0
VAN 5
 
Final
BOS 2
WIN 1
 
3rd
FLA 2
OTT 2
 
2nd Intermission
STL 1
EDM 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
MIN 2