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Bruins Sneak by Devils in OT

Patrice Bergeron celebrates his overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils with his teammates as the Bruins defeated the Devils 1-0 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

When the Bruins visited the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night, did anyone expect a high-scoring game? Didn’t think so. Coming off a tough 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres the night before, the Bruins were able to force overtime and pull of the 1-0 win in NJ. Boston is fighting to stay in the playoff hunt, and by getting those two points it really helps the team’s chances to get at least the eighth and final spot.

The Bruins’ record now stands at 35-29-12 and puts them in a three-team tie with the Flyers and Canadiens, all teams with 82 points apiece. The Devils fell to 44-26-6 after the loss, but the team has already clinched a playoff spot . They are still battling it out with the Penguins for the division title, so they had something to play for.

The talk of this game is easily the goaltending. Going into the matchup, it was hard not to imagine strong goaltending for both teams.

For the Devils, Martin Brodeur was near flawless (like he’s been throughout his whole career), but he still managed to get the loss. He stopped 33-of-34 shots on goal but with no offense from his team he had to suffer his 25th loss of the season.

For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask was flawless as he stopped all 21 shots-on-goal and improved his record to 19-11-4 on the year. It was his fifth shutout of the season.

First Period

  • The Bruins came out shooting in the first period but couldn’t find the back of the net, and neither could the Devils. Boston had 13 shots-on-goal while New Jersey had only six.
  • There were also no penalties to record in the period for either team.

Second Period

  • Both teams stuck with the hard defense as neither team was able to score yet again. The Bruins had more shots-on-goal again as they had nine and the Devils only had five. One thing the Bruins were doing was playing very tight defense. To hold any team to only 11 shots-on-goal through two periods is very tough to do. Rask has also kept his composure thus far and hasn’t allowed anything by him.
  • Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi lead all players with three shots-on-goal apiece.  
  • Boston and New Jersey kept things clean yet again as neither team had a penalty in the period.

Third Period

  • Yet again, neither team was able to get the puck into the goal as both team’s defense was too much. Both Brodeur also put in extremely strong outings thus far.
  • Each team racked up four minutes worth of penalties but were both unsuccesful with the man advantage.

Overtime

  • With 18.3 seconds left in overtime, Bergeron lifted the Bruins past the pesky Devils by scoring off of Mark Stuart’sshot off Brodeur and got the team two points. Bergeron’s goal was his 18th of the season and he was assisted by Recchi and Stuart on the play. Bruins win 1-0
  • Patrick Elias received a 10-minute penalty for game misconduct at the end of the game.

The Bruins will next play the Florida Panthers on Thursday at home. The Bruins are 2-0-1 against the Panthers this season who are currently on a three-game losing streak.

Game Notes

  • The Bruins out-shot the Devils 34-21.
  • Boston also had more hits (20) than New Jersey (15).
  • New Jersey beat out Boston on faceoffs 22-to-20.
  • The Devils won the season series 3-1.
  • The Bruins is 19-13-6 on the road this season and the team is currently on a three-game winning streak away from home.
  • Boston was without Trent Whitfield, Andrew Ference and Brad Marchand as they were all scratches for the game.

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