Boston, M.A - The New Jersey Devils had to face the first place Boston Bruins tonight at the TD Garden in Boston.
The Devils got themselves in a hole early as the Bruins scored two goals in the first ten minutes, both were deflected past Brodeur.
The first goal was credited to Torey Krug, but went off of a Devils player in front of Brodeur. The second was in similar fashion, Jarome Iginla threw the puck in front of the net and it bounced off of the skate of Damien Brunner.
The Devils answered back just over two minutes later with a power play goal by Adam Henrique. Eric Gelinas’ shot was initially saved by goaltender Tuukka Rask, but could not get to Henrique’s shot.
The Bruins scored their third goal with less than a minute left in the first period after a defensive mishap left Milan Lucic all alone in front of Brodeur for his sixth goal of the year and another two-goal lead for the Bruins.
The final minute was a popular time to score tonight. The Devils got their second power play goal of the night with 28-seconds left. Damien Brunner backhanded a pass from Steve Bernier that got tucked in-between the right pad of Rask and the net. Players were unsure at first if the puck was in the net, but replay showed that it did cross over the line, pulling the Devils within one entering the third.
Brodeur was pulled giving the Devils a three-man-advantage that gave Marek Zidlicky the opportunity to tie the game up at 18:52, but it was not over. Only 23-seconds later, Brunner fanned on a one-timer, but the puck landed right on the stick of Andy Greene who put the game away.
The power play was unbelievable tonight, scoring on 4-of-7 chances (57%). This was the fifth straight game where the Devils have scored on the power play, much different than previous seasons.
The Devils entered tonight 0-7 against Boston dating back to the 2011-12 season. The win was monstrous and may as well give the Devils some momentum over their next few games.
The Devils play their next game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at home. This game will be very important for the Devils. They need to take it one game at a time to start putting wins together.
1st Star - Andy Greene
2nd Star - Jarome Iginla
3rd Star - Steve Bernier
The win gave Brodeur his 670th career regular season win.