Boston, Massachusetts - The New Jersey Devils played the streaking Boston Bruins tonight for the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season. The Devils lost the first meeting 2-1 in a shootout back in February.
The Devils were shutout for the first time this season, but it was more frustrating than that.
The Devils took 40 shots on Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, 17 of which were in the first period. The first period was scoreless even though the Devils dominated the Bruins.
It got even worse early in the second period when the Bruins got a lucky goal off of the skate of newly acquired Jaromir Jagr. Martin Brodeur played very well all night, but one lucky bounce for the Bruins was enough to beat the Devils.
The Devils came extremely close to netting two shots, but the post kept the Devils scoreless.
In the third the Devils posted 12 shots, one more than the second period, yet never could find the back of the net.
It is also another example of why the Devils should have made a bigger splash at the trade deadline. Lou Lamoriello expressed 100 percent commitment to the team, but it is clear that there is a desperate need for more firepower. The loss of Ilya Kovalchuk for the bulk of the season is going to keep the scoring drought going.
Also, if the Devils went after Jagr, like they were reportedly interested in doing, theoretically they would have won tonights game (theoretically).
Newly acquired Steve Sullivan did not play tonight, he will play in both games Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully Sullivan will score some goals and help the Devils climb back in the standings.
The loss also bumps the Devils out of playoff contention. They are tied in points with rival New York Rangers, but have played one less game than them.
The next few games are must wins for the Devils. If the team wants to make the postseason, they are in dire need of tallies in the win column. The Devils take the ice again on Saturday at the Prudential Center against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Attendance - 17,565
1st Star - Tuukka Rask (40 saves, 0 goals allowed)
2nd Star - Jaromir Jagr (1 goal, 5 shots)
3rd Star - Martin Brodeur (26 saves, 1 goal allowed)