Back on North American soil for almost a week, the Bruins had a light week of practice to get their bodies reaclimated to the Easter Time Zone. So what happens when a relatively fresh team goes up against a team playing it’s third game in four nights? Add in the fact the Devils couldn’t field a full squad a couple nights ago due to some real bad handling (even worse than the Bruins?) of the salary cap.
The game basically went as scripted.The Bruins start slow getting their legs under them, pick it up in the middle and finished this one strong never allowing the Devils to get back into it.
This one was goal scoreless through the first period and the Devils scored the opener 3:45 into the second. With the puck behind the Bruins net, the B’s made a brief but costly error. Zdano Chara and Johnny Boychuk went to the back wall to clear the puck and neither did allowing the Devils to get the puck to the blueline. A heavy shot, decent size rebound and Dainius Zubrus backhander into the open side and it was 1-0 Devils. That was it for Devils highlights.
Less than two minutes later, it was Jordan Caron scoring his first NHL goal. Last week it was Seguin with his first NHL goal, tonight Caron. Off a Johnny Boychuck shot from the right point, Caron set the screen on Martin Brodeur and put the rebound past the future Hall of Famer to tie the game.
Halfway through the period, the Bruins took the lead and they would never look back. Tyler Seguin raced over the Devils blueline, took a couple defenders with him and that allowed Michael Ryder to filter into the slot and he ripped a wrist shot over Brodeur’s glove for a 2-1 lead. Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic scored goals two minutes apart to complete the scoring.
Tim Thomas started his second consecutive games for the B’s. He followed up his shutout over the Coyotes with another solid outing. One of his highlight saves was off a partial breakaway from Ilya Kovalchuk. He kept his rebounds close – with the exception of the goal and he was never out of position.
Next up for the B’s….a home and home series with the Washington Capitals. Tuesday night in our nation’s capitol and then Thursday night, the Bruins play live in front of the fans for the first time since….that day…back in May. That’s all I’m going to say
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Written by Jim Mulligan