The Boston Bruins (20-15-4) went into Newark, NJ hoping to extend their two game winning streak to three. But Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils (14-16-7) had other plans.
The Bruins started the period much in the way they did against Columbus. Their skating game wasn’t there to start, and the Devils took the game to the Bruins end. Tuukka Rask found himself under siege early, and when a rebound popped out to the back door at a bad angle, Rask dove out in desperation. Unfortunately Rask put himself out of position and P.A. Parenteau deposited the puck into the net to put the Devils up 1-0 only 4:12 into the 1st. The Devils kept their foot on the gas pedal and nearly converted again when Pavel Zacha got a nifty tip on the puck. Bouncing down off of Zacha’s stick, the puck was directed into the post and out. The Bruins dodged a big time bullet there, but the adversity came in waves.
The Bruins found themselves shorthanded, and with over a minute remaining on the penalty kill, Adam McQuaid was assessed a double minor for high sticking. The Devils would have over a minute of five-on-three power play time. The Devils have not yet scored a five-on-three goal this season. The Bruins have yet to allow one. Thankfully for the Black and Gold, tonight didn’t break the mold. The Bruins escaped the penalty kill unscathed. Awarded a powerplay with 2:07 remaining in the first, the Bruins nearly capitalized after it with a goal- line save by Cory Schneider, the Marblehead, MA native and Boston College alumni. The call had to go to video review which confirmed that the puck never crossed the goal line completely. The Bruins went into the first intermission trailing 1-0. They could consider themselves fortunate for that.
THE 2ND PERIOD HAS BEEN BETTER FOR BOSTON LATELY, AND THEY HOPED THAT IT WOULD CONTINUE
Unfortunately, it didn’t happen right away for the Bs. Cory Schneider remained strong, and the Bruins couldn’t muster any real dangerous chances. The teams exchanged neutral zone probes, but a tightly contested defensive affair continued throughout the 2nd period. Through two periods, the Devils out shot the Bruins by a margin of 20-17. The Bruins went into the third cautiously optimistic due to the Devils league- worst-win percentage after a lead. However, the Devils extended their lead early into the third on a 2-on-1 goal. Sergei Kalinen directed the puck past Rask only 1:44 into the third. The clock quickly turned to an ally for the Devils, and the Bruins had a hard time mounting any sort of rally against the Devils. The Bruins continued to shoot themselves in the foot as the night went on, taking penalty after penalty. The officials seemed to have a vested interest in putting the Devils on the man advantage. The Bruins were 0/2 on the man advantage while the Devils were 0/6. 3 to 1 was the margin. How ridiculous is that?
The Bruins got a late power play and managed to throw zero shots on goal. They proceeded to then allow Taylor Hall to walk the puck into the empty net to lose 3-0. The Bruins let this one away from them for sure, one of the most lazy and disinterested games the Bruins have played in recent memory. That’s the thing about the 2016-2017 Bruins – they’ll look ready to compete one night, and like an absolute doormat the next. The consistent inconsistency is infuriating. Let’s hope they can answer back strong at home.