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I do believe that the someone told the Bruins to work on their offense this off-season and so far it’s working. After their first two regular-season games over in Prague against the Phoenix Coyotes, the B’s came back to North America and came back strong. Boston had it’s first game in the States in New Jersey against the Devils Saturday night. The Bruins have always had a tough time dealing with the Devils and especially with goaltender Martin Brodeur, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday as Boston handed New Jersey their fourth loss of the season in a 4-1 victory.
With the victory the Bruins improved to 2-1-0 on the season, the Devils on the other hand fell to 1-4-1.The person who will most remember this game will be Bruins rookie Jordan Caron as he netted his first NHL goal during the second period. Caron said that scoring against Brodeur made his first goal even more special.
“It’s a thrill,” Caron said. “I grew up in Montreal watching Brodeur winning those Stanley Cups. It’s pretty special to score against him. I’ll put the puck in my future home and keep it safe.”
For the Devils, Brodeur has struggled to start off the season as his record now stands at 1-3-1 while allowing an average of 3.00 goals per game. While his play has been decent, the offense of the Devils has struggled mightily. The team has only scored five goals and their last four games, all losses.
“I think the support is lacking. That comes with communication. When your offense doesn’t work, it only takes a couple of mistakes and your mind starts playing with you. The snowball keeps on getting bigger, and that’s what happened in the second.” – Martin Brodeur
Tim Thomas started in goal for the Bruins and was stellar once again. He had 31 saved shots while allowing just one goal. He has started the year off with a vengeance, as he is now 2-0-0 and has a only allowed one goal in the two games he has started. After finishing last year at 17-18-8 and being replaced by Tuukka Rask late in the season, Thomas has made it his goal to be the No. 1 goalie in Boston again, and he’s making it known.