BOSTON — Two years ago to the day, the New Jersey Devils arrived at TD Garden to face a Bruins team that was in first place but had gone through some hard times.

So if you don’t believe that history repeats itself, here’s some proof.

The Northeast Division-leading Bruins head into tonight just 1-3-3 in their last seven. The 2008-09 team went into its March 22 match-up with a 3-3-1 record in its last seven, but there had been more struggles before that. In its previous 16 games, the ’08-09 club was just 5-7-4 and had endured a 3-6-3 stretch through March 10.

Those with astute memories will recall that after their 3-2 overtime loss to Los Angeles March 19, the Bruins held a fun intra-squad scrimmage to lighten the mood. They then hit the ice Sunday night, March 22 and spanked the Devils 4-1 to clinch the Northeast Division crown. Boston finished up 8-2-0 in its last 10 games.

So the Bruins have been to this point before. Whether they can duplicate the momentum-shifting result they produced two springs ago remains to be seen.