Ritchie’s goal tied it just over four minutes later. The winger fired a seemingly harmless shot from the right circle that Blackwood fumbled trying to catch before the puck dropped and slid into the net.
Marchand returned after missing the previous two games because he was in COVID protocol. He said it was “a false positive” during a morning video news conference.
Marchand, the team’s leading scorer (13 goals, 23 assists), said: “it was a bit odd, but a lot of teams are going through it.”
Defenseman Brandon Carlo played for the first time since suffering a concussion on a head hit by Washington’s Tom Wilson on March 5, that got Wilson suspended for seven games by the league.
“The first few days were kind of tough,” Carlo said in a morning media session. “My vision was kind of blurry and messed up. I couldn’t really see out of my right eye. After that cleared up, I knew it was just going to be a matter of time.”
NOTES: Boston center Sean Kuraly and winger Jake DeBrusk are both still in COVID protocol. They’ve been out since the team returned to practice last Thursday after two games were postponed. … Ritchie’s goal was the first the Bruins have scored 5-on-5 against New Jersey this season. … Marchand and Bratt each dropped the gloves and got tangled up behind the Devils’ net in the second period but got whistled for roughing despite throwing a few punches.