BOSTON, MA – Since a 3-2 Columbus Day matinee loss at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings nearly two weeks ago, the Boston Bruins have been playing their best hockey of the season, reeling off four consecutive victories. The most impressive of which coming this past Thursday evening, when a last second goal off the stick of David Krejci was enough to give the B’s a victory over the white-hot San Jose Sharks. On Saturday, the Bruins were back on the ice again for an Eastern Conference showdown against the New Jersey Devils. Unfortunately for the crowd of 17, 565 that reluctantly missed out on Saturday’s World Series action in order to pack into the TD Garden for this contest, the hometown Bruins would have their four-game winning streak snapped by way of a 4-3 New Jersey victory.
The Black and Gold got off to a quick start in this one, reeling off three goals in the opening period against New Jersey’s first-ballot Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur. First onto the scoresheet was rookie defenseman Torey Krug, who continues to shine in his first regular season in Boston. Just eleven seconds after Devils’ blueliner Dainius Zubrus was sent to the box for tripping, Krug converted a wrist shot from the point into his fourth goal of the season. Less than two minutes later, a Jarome Iginla wrist shot from down along the goal line would deflect off a Devils’ defender in front and into the back of the net, putting Boston ahead, 2-0, in the early going.
However, New Jersey would answer, less than a minute and a half later, with a power-play goal of their own. Top-line center Adam Henrique capitalized on a long rebound off an Eric Gelinas’ shot and buried it past Bruins’ netminder Tuukka Rask, cutting the Devils’ deficit to 2-1. The Bruins were able to re-extend their lead to 3-1 with less than a minute to go in the opening frame, as Milan Lucic finished a beautiful set of passes by beating Brodeur through the five-hole with a strong wrist shot.
After a solid opening twenty, things unfortunately began to turn sour for the Black and Gold. From the start of the second period on through the final buzzer, the ice would tilt significantly into the favor of the Devils. Damien Brunner’s back-hand goal in the closing moments of the second period appeared to have brought new life to a Jersey club that had entered Saturday’s action with just one win so far this season.
With Torey Krug already in the box for committing a double-minor high-sticking violation, Boston center Patrice Bergeron was called for a delay of game penalty with just 1:57 left to play in the third period. In shocking fashion, the Devils were able to turn their late game 5-on-3 power-play opportunity into a pair of quick goals. A mere 23 seconds after Marek Zidlicky’s slapshot had evened the score, 3-3, Andy Greene found a loose puck in front and buried it in the back of the Boston net, lifting the Devils to an impressive 4-3 come-from-behind victory.
Ben’s Three Stars of the Night:
2) Jarome Iginla (1 Goal/2 Assists/Plus-2 Rating)
3) Damien Brunner (1 Goal/1 Assist/5 Shots)
Looking Ahead: The Bruins will get back at it this Wednesday evening, when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Final.
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