Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils are watching their playoff hopes get swept out from under their feet after dropping their third straight game tonight.
The Devils started off very slow and did not register a shot until about the halfway mark of the first period. At that point the visiting Boston Bruins already had almost 10.
It was just a matter of time before the Bruins would capitalize on one of their many opportunities, they did so at 14:33. Patrice Bergeron beat Martin Brodeur on a breakaway to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
Patrik Elias tied the game up during a 5-on-3 power play 29-seconds into the second period, but that did not last long.
Brad Marchand scored a shorthanded goal less than a minute later on another defensive breakdown. The wheels fell off from there.
Fifty-nine seconds later, Jarome Iginla scored the third Bruins goal on another breakaway. Chris Kelly would add the fourth Bruins goal in the third period. Brodeur was not given much help by his defense in this game.
The Devils added their second goal when Travis Zajac beat Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson at 9:13 in the third period. At that point the Devils were done and had no chance at a comeback. The stadium was silent and the players looked like they were not even trying.
The Devils stay at home to take on the Minnesota Wild in former captain Zach Parise’s first game back at the Prudential Center since leaving two summers ago.