David Krejci completed his second career hat trick at 2:59 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 victory over New Jersey on Thursday night that finished their first season sweep of the Devils since 1985-86.
Tyler Seguin also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who opened a three-point lead over second-place Ottawa in the Northeast Division and sent New Jersey to its fourth straight loss.
Krejci, who had three goals in his previous 23 games, picked up a loose puck in front of goalie Martin Brodeur and scored his 16th of the season, triggering a cascade of hats onto the ice. Krejci had not scored more than one goal in a game this season.
Krejci was part of a new line with Seguin and Milan Lucic that produced all four goals. Boston blew a 2-0 lead, then fell behind 3-2 before Krejci tied it and won it.
Seguin also had an assist and Lucic added two assists in front of Tim Thomas, who contributed his first assist of the season.
Second-period goals by Zach Parise, P...