The Bruins came into tonight's game against the Devils on a 4 game winning streak looking to make it 5 straight and reach double digit wins after a very slow start to the season. The Bruins were again without center David Krejci which put Chris Kelly on the top line with Lucic and Griffith. Some good news finally came on the injury front as Torey Krug returned tonight after missing time with a broken finger.
The first period did not get off to a great start as the Devils took the lead early on a Travis Zajac goal just 1:26 into the game. After that point the Bruins found their focus and took over tying the game up on a power play goal from Carl Soderberg half way through the period. The goal was Soderberg's fifth of the year as he continues his great play leading the team with 13 points in just 16 games. As the Bruins continued to keep the pressure on it led to a turnover by the Devils in their defensive zone as Bergeron stole the puck and snapped it five hole on Schneider for the go ahead goal. The goal was Bergeron's third of the season and his second point of the game keeping his point streak alive and bringing it to four games. The second line was by far the best line the Bruins had in the first period bringing pressure offensively and defensively and even drawing a few penalties.
The second period was a completely different story for the Bruins as they allowed the Devils to controle the pace of the game and struggled to maintain possession of the puck. That play led to the game being tied on a wicked wrist shot from Jaromir Jagr who snuck it inside the far post just past Rask. The goal was Jagr's 708th in his career moving him into a tie for sixth place all time. The Bruins used some great defensive play to take the lead back as Griffith blocked a shot then took the puck the length of the ice going between two Devils defensemen and then with his back to the net shot the puck between his legs for the goal. The goal came with just under two minutes left in the period and energized the team and will probably be a goal of the year finalist. The momentum gained by Griffiths goal led to another great shift from the Bergeron line as he fed a pass back to Smith in the slot and he ripped the shot passed Schneider to make it 4-2 Bruins win just 39 seconds left in the period.
The third period was just another version of the second with the Devils again controlling the play while the Bruins were forced to spend far too much time in their own zone. Fortunately the Bruins had Rask in goal and he was on top of his game tonight. Rask was the second best player for the Bruins tonight just behind Patrice Bergeron who finished with 3 points bringing his point totals during his four game streak up to 6. While the Bruins were outshot 28 to 23 they were able to controle the faceoff dots winning 28 out of 51 faceoffs. The Bruins also forced 12 takeaways and blocked 15 shots so the defense was great which made up for the lack of consistency on offense. If the Bruins want to keep their winning streak going they will need to be able to play a consistent 60 minute offensive game. Yes the defense played great and will continue to get better as players return from injury but the Bruins need to score if they want to win. Hopefully when Krejci returns the top three lines will get back to scoring. As always keep checking back here for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Boston sports teams.