Bruins Blow Lead in Uncharacteristic Loss
Just one night after defeating the San Jose Sharks, who many hockey experts deem the best overall team in the league, the Bruins found themselves in a tightly contested battle with the cellar dwelling New Jersey Devils. The Bruins entered the tilt with a four game winning streak, while the Devils had a meager one win in ten games.
From the moment the puck was dropped, the Bruins appeared to be the better team. The scoring started at 7:52 when Torey Krug scored on the power play to give Boston an early lead. 87 seconds later, Jerome Iginla was able to score on what turned out to be a very strange play, as Iginla’s pass was deflected into the New Jersey net by Devil’s right winger Damien Brunner. Tuukka Rask picked up his first assist of the season on the play. The Devils showed some sign of life at the 11:24 mark when Adam Henrique was able to score a power play goal after Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk was given two minutes for interference. Before the first period ended, the Bruins capped off their fantastic start with another goal, this time courtesy of Milan Lucic, who buried a slap shot passed the legendary Martin Brodeur, to increase the Bruin’s lead to 3-1.
Period two would be far less eventful considering the Bruins seemed to be playing from their heels for much of the period, as they were outshot and overall outplayed by the Devils. Boston’s squad seemed content to play a defensive game while holding a two-goal lead. With 28 seconds remaining in the period, the Bruins defensive shell was cracked, as Damien Brunner made up for deflecting the puck into his own net, by sneaking in a backhand shot on the power play to cut the Bruin’s lead to 3-2.
Last season the Bruins experienced a season full of amazing comebacks and unlikely wins. Saturday, they would experience what it was like to be on the other side of the ice. The third and final period remained a stalemate for most of the tilt, largely in part to the Bruins continuing their defensive scheme. The wheels began to fall off at 16:45 when the Bruin’s Torey Krug received a double minor for drawing blood on a high stick to the face of Damien Brunner. Seconds later, oft-reliable penalty killer Patrice Bergeron received his own penalty when he tried to clear the puck—but instead—threw it into the stands, causing a delay of game minor. The Bruins would have to win the game by killing a 5-on-3 power play.
Marek Zidlicky had other plans, as he blasted a slapshot passed Tuukka Rask to knot the game at three goals a side. Seconds later, the Devils, still on the power play, took the lead with a power play goal by veteran defenseman Andy Greene. The Devils would hang on to win 4-3, and capture only their second win of the season.
The Bruins dropped to 7-3-0 and will hit the road to take on Pittsburgh this Wednesday at 8:00.