The Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak and won for only the second time in seven games.
Bobby Farnham scored for the Devils, who have dropped three straight games in regulation for the first time since the start of the season. Cory Schneider finished with 27 saves.
The game was the start of a five-game road trip for the Bruins, and that might be the best place for them now. They are 12-3-2 on the road and 9-11-2 at home.
Game highlights: Elias Lindholm scored twice, Cam Ward made 35 saves and the host Hurricanes beat the Blue Jackets 4-1. Defenseman Seth Jones made his first appearance with Columbus since a trade from Nashville on Wednesday and played in his 100th NHL game.
Around the league: Capitals forward Marcus Johansson was suspended for two games for a hit to the head of Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey on Thursday. … Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said he doesn't expect goalie Carey Price to return before early February at the earliest from a lower-body injury suffered Nov. 25 against the Rangers.
Vinny makes mark in debut: Vinny Lecavalier and Luke Schenn stepped off a cross-country flight from Philadelphia and walked straight into the Kings' lineup. The duo's long day ended with big third-period efforts in the host Kings' 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs late Thursday. Jake Muzzin and Jeff Carter scored third-period goals and Lecavalier had a key assist. Los Angeles acquired Lecavalier and defenseman Schenn from the Flyers on Wednesday. "For the first game, I felt good," said Lecavalier, who played his first game since Nov. 12. "I was afraid my legs wouldn't get going after the travel."
Winter Classic: The player hurt in an exhibition between women's teams as part of the outdoor game's festivities suffered a severe spinal cord injury, her parents said. Denna Laing, 24, has limited movement of her arms and no feeling in her legs, and remains in a Boston hospital, her parents said. In the game at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL's Patriots, a day before the Bruins and Canadiens met Jan. 1, Laing was tripped up while skating behind a goal and appeared to hit the boards face-first. She was taken off the ice on a stretcher.
First Period—1, Boston, Vatrano 6 (C.Miller), 2:02. Penalties—Rinaldo, Bos, major (fighting), 9:39; Tootoo, NJ, major (fighting), 9:39; Vatrano, Bos (elbowing), 11:55; O'Brien, NJ (delay of game), 11:55; Greene, NJ (tripping), 15:35.
Second Period—2, Boston, Spooner 9 (Seidenberg), 4:49. 3, New Jersey, Farnham 6 (Gionta, Larsson), 11:57. 4, Boston, Hayes 9 (Chara, Beleskey), 18:35 (pp). Penalties—Chara, Bos (high-sticking), 8:21; Beleskey, Bos (tripping), 12:54; Thompson, NJ (tripping), 16:50.
Third Period—5, Boston, C.Miller 3 (Seidenberg, Spooner), 6:33. Penalties—Kalinin, NJ (tripping), 17:05. Shots on Goal—Boston 11-6-14—31. New Jersey 7-9-4—20. Power-play opportunities—Boston 1 of 3; New Jersey 0 of 2. Goalies—Boston, Gustavsson 7-3-1 (20 shots-19 saves). New Jersey, Schneider 17-13-5 (31-27).
First Period—1, Carolina, J.Staal 9 (Slavin, Versteeg), 16:09 (pp). Penalties—Johnson, Clm (hooking), 14:11; Hartnell, Clm (high-sticking), 18:46.
Second Period—2, Columbus, Dubinsky 7 (Foligno, Johnson), 9:41 (pp). 3, Carolina, Lindholm 5 (Hanifin, Versteeg), 14:35. Penalties—Foligno, Clm (hooking), 2:51; Nestrasil, Car (hooking), 7:50; McClement, Car (holding), 8:01; Terry, Car (slashing), 11:28; Faulk, Car (tripping), 12:03.
Third Period—4, Carolina, Terry 4 (Skinner, Nash), 9:20. 5, Carolina, Lindholm 6 (E.Staal), 18:59 (en). Penalties—Dubinsky, Clm, major (fighting), 9:22; Malone, Car, major (fighting), 9:22; Goloubef, Clm (tripping), 10:19; Nash, Car (hooking), 19:41. Shots on Goal—Columbus 6-14-16—36. Carolina 9-10-10—29. Power-play opportunities—Columbus 1 of 5; Carolina 1 of 4. Goalies—Columbus, Forsberg 1-2-0 (28 shots-25 saves). Carolina, Ward 12-11-4 (36-35).