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  • Associated Press The Bruins' Brad Marchand checks the Red Wings' Dylan Larkin during the third period Saturday in Boston. Marchand had a goal and two assists in Boston's win.

Sunday, December 24, 2017 1:00 am

NHL

New dad helps Bruins top Red Wings

Associated Press

BOSTON – David Backes and the Boston Bruins are having one nice holiday season.

Backes picked up two assists after he was away from the team to be with his wife for the birth of their son, and the Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.

“After what I saw my wife go through birthing that baby, I figured I could come on a few hours sleep and play a hockey game,” said Backes, who missed practice on Friday.

Patrice Bergeron scored twice in the third period, and Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who have won 13 of 17 since they had a four-game losing streak last month. Tuukka Rask made 30 saves.

“It's always good to go into a break feeling good and on a little streak,” Marchand said. “But we can't get too ahead of ourselves. We have to make sure when we come back we're playing the same way.”

Frans Nielsen scored Detroit's only goal, and Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots for the Red Wings, who lost despite outshooting Boston 31-25.

Coach Jeff Blashill said the Red Wings played a lot like they did during a 4-3 loss at Philadelphia on Wednesday.

“On Wednesday, it's a tie game in the third and they make a play on a rush. Same thing tonight. They make a play on a rush,” he said. “We've got to find a way to make a play to make the difference in a game. When you end games like this you're frustrated 100 percent.”

DEVILS 4, BLACKHAWKS 1: In Newark, New Jersey, Cory Schneider made 39 saves, and Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist to lead New Jersey.

Brian Boyle, Kyle Palmieri and Pavel Zacha also scored as the Devils improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games and 21-9-5 overall after finishing last in the Eastern Conference last season. The Devils are 4-0 on their six-game homestand.

Patrick Kane got his 300th goal for Chicago to join Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Steve Larmer and Denis Savard as the only players to reach that milestone as Blackhawks.