Boston managed to take some of the enjoyment out of the closing seconds when Marchand scored a power-play goal to make it a one-goal game.
“If this is his last game, it is (cool) to have scored,” Marchand said. “I should have (grabbed) the puck.”
The Devils outshot the undermanned Bruins 24-9 in the first two periods, but the score was tied 1-1.
Zidlicky gave New Jersey the lead 7:12 into the game. The defenseman joined a rush late and took a pass from Zajac entering the Bruins’ zone.
He skated down the right side, went around the net and beat Johnson with a wraparound inside the post for his 11th goal.
Boston only had five shots in the period but the last one tied it on a power play. Marchand sent a pass from the right circle to Carl Soderberg in the opposite circle. He quickly found Eriksson with a pass at the right corner of the net for a slam dunk.