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The Boston Bruins traveled to New Jersey Monday night to take on the Devils and right away it looked like an absolute blowout. New Jersey jumped on Bruins’ starter Tim Thomas and scored their only three goals in the first period. Thomas was later pulled in the second period, marking his fifth time this season that he has been pulled in a game.
The Bruins made things interesting in the third period after they pulled Tuukka Rask out of goal to have the extra skater on the ice and Patrice Bergeron scored to bring the game to within one with about a minute left in the game. Boston tried the same strategy, but could not get the puck past Martin Brodeur and the Devils went on to win by the score of 3-2.
The loss dropped the Bruins to 30-26-12 (72 points) on the year. The Devils improved to 41-24-3 (85 points) on the season. Boston hangs onto the eighth and last place spot in the race for the playoffs, just one point ahead of the New York Rangers and three ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Bruins started Thomas in goal, and he struggled right from the start. In less than 20 minutes on the ice, he saw 12 shots on goal and allowed for three of them to hit the back of the net. Thomas’ record now stands at 15-17-8 and he has lost his past three decisions (0-2-1). Rask, on the other hand, stopped all 16 shots that he saw on goal.
The Devils had a little better luck with their goalie in Brodeur. He saved 34-of-36 shots on goal for his 38th win of the season.
The Bruins are currently 2-3-1 and on their current seven-game roadtrip. They will finish off the trip tomorrow night when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes.