Surging Bruins edge Devils 3-2 on Spooner’s goal

Boston Bruins’ Tim Schaller (59) brings the puck up during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils in Boston, Saturday, March 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (AP) — Ryan Spooner scored midway through the third period to lift the Boston Bruins over the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Saturday night for their eighth victory in 10 games under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.

Brandon Carlo and Torey Krug also scored for the Bruins, and backup goalie Anton Khudobin stopped 15 shots. Cassidy took over for fired coach Claude Julien on Feb. 7.

Kyle Palmieri and Devante Smith-Pelly had goals for the Devils, who dropped their sixth straight (0-4-2) as their playoff hopes continue to fade. Cory Schneider made 37 saves.

Spooner one-timed newcomer Drew Stafford’s pass from the right circle for the winner 8:18 into the period.