Devils edge Bruins, who rest their top players

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NEWARK — Sunday’s regular-season finale, a 3-2 loss to New Jersey at the Prudential Center, had little meaning for the Bruins.

Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla, Daniel Paille, and Chris Kelly didn’t travel to Newark. The Bruins recalled Alexander Khokhlachev, Justin Florek, Craig Cunningham, and Matt Lindblad from Providence on an emergency basis.

Chad Johnson was in goal. Dougie Hamilton started as the fourth-line right wing.

But the bosses were watching closely. Assuming full health, the Bruins will carry one extra forward in Jordan Caron and two spare defensemen for the playoffs, most likely Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter.

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