Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winning goal at 4:42 to defeat the Devils, 1-0, tonight at the Prudential Center.
Mark Stuart took a shot from the point that deflected off of Brodeur. The puck came right to Bergeron, and the center put it home for his 18th goal of the season.
Zajac and Parise had a great opportunity to score at 2:20 of the overtime period. The line kept the puck in, and Parise fired the puck short-side and high. Rask was just able to get a piece of the puck and deflect it away for the save.
The Devils led the shot category in the third, 9-8. Boston leads the overall shots, 30-20.
Both teams will earn a point, which can be a big point for Boston. If the Thrashers win, Boston will still hold eighth place in the conference.
The Devils had a great kill late in the period. Elias was sent to the box for tripping Patrice Bergeron at 17:06 of the third period. The Devils didn’t allow the Bruins many chances, and afterward the Devils had some good chances in the offensive zone.
The Devils had the first powerplay opportunity of the night at 7:03 of the period. They had a few good chances, but didn’t register a goal.
Here are some updates from around the league. The Rangers lead the Islanders, 4-2, in the third period. The Thrashers lead the Maple Leafs, 3-2, in the third period. The Capitals and Senators are tied, 4-4, in the third period.
Brodeur had to make a great save 44 seconds into the first period to keep the Bruins off the board. Michael Ryder brought the puck into the zone and skated around Andy Greene. He took the puck to the net and tried to slip a puck low on the glove side. Brodeur stretched his arm and stoned Ryder.
The Bruins lead the period in shots, 9-6. They lead the game total, 22-11.
While there hasn’t been a goal, the Bruins have the better scoring chances through two periods. Boston has made Brodeur work to keep them off the board through two periods. The Devils, on the other hand, haven’t put much pressure on Rask.
Here are some updates from around the league. The Rangers scored three goals and lead the Islanders, 3-2, in the second period. Atlanta is leading Toronto, 2-1, near the end of the second period. The Capitals scored two goals to pull even with the Senators, 3-3, in the second period.
There hasn’t been much to talk about this period. At 10:26 of the second period, the Bruins lead the shot category, 4-1.
Lemaire reunited the line of Parise, Travis Zajac and Jamie Langenbrunner. Patrik Elias shifted back down and will now center the second line of Kovalchuk and Zharkov.
Here are some updates from around the league. The Islanders lead the Rangers, 2-1, in the second period. Atlanta leads Toronto, 2-0, in the second period. Ottawa leads Washington, 2-1, in the second period.
The Bruins led the shot category, 13-6, in the first period.
That wasn’t a great period at all. The Devils couldn’t breakout, and they never put any pressure on Rask or the Bruins defense. Brodeur had to play well to keep the Bruins off the board.
Here are some updates from around the league. The Islanders are beating the Rangers, 2-0, after one period. The Ottawa Senators are beating the Capitals, 2-1, after one period in Washington, DC.
The Bruins once again had a great scoring chance at 17:13 of the first period. Daniel Paille held the puck behind the net, and fed a pass to Steve Begin on the crease. Brodeur stopped the initial shot and a rebound to keep the Bruins scoreless.
The Devils fourth line almost created an empty-net chance for the Devils at 13:37 of the first period. The forecheckers of the Devils forced goalie Tuukka Rask to make a bad pass, and the puck sat in front of an empty net. Dean McAmmond tried to knock the puck home, but the Bruins cleared the zone.
Martin Brodeur made a diving save at 11:21 of the first period to keep Boston off the board. After a turnover by the Devils, the Bruins worked the puck to the point. A Bruins defender shot the puck toward the net, where Brodeur made the initial save. The puck bounced to his right, and Sturm tried to jam the puck home. Brodeur covered the puck with his blocker hand to freeze play.
The Bruins have really come out firing, and they’ve dominated play here early in the period.
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire continued to juggle the lines in tonight’s games. He moved rookie winger Vladimir Zharkov to the second line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac. Dainius Zubrus spent pre-game warmups with the second line, but he is now on the fourth line with Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Dean McAmmond.
Zach Parise blocked a Dennis Seidenberg shot at 4:50 of the first period. Parise immediately went to the ice, but he got up and skated to the bench. He hasn’t missed a shift in the period.
Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart almost gave the Bruins an early lead. He hit the left post with a shot from the point at 1:50 of the first period.
Here were tonight’s starting lineups:
Marco Sturm-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi; Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg; Tuukka Rask.
Zach Parise – Patrik Elias – Jamie Langenbrunner; Martin Skoula – Paul Martin; Martin Brodeur
The Devils come into this game two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for first in the Atlantic Division. New Jersey does have a game in hand against their rivals.
The Bruins are currently eighth in the conference, two points ahead of the Atlanta Thrashers.
Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils. Tuukka Rask will start for Boston.
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire will dress the same players who played Sunday in Philadelphia. Jay Pandolfo, Rod Pelley, Anssi Salmela and Mark Fraser are tonight’s healthy scratches. There were some line changes, as Dainius Zubrus moved back to right wing on the second line. Brian Rolston moved back down to the third line.
Here are tonight’s line combinations:
Zach Parise – Patrik Elias – Jamie Langenbrunner
Ilya Kovalchuk – Travis Zajac – Vladimir Zharkov
Brian Rolston – Rob Niedermayer – David Clarkson
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond – Dean McAmmond – Dainius Zubrus
Bryce Salvador – Andy Greene
Colin White – Mike Mottau
Martin Skoula – Paul Martin