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Bruins Take Care of Devils 4-1

The Boston Bruins celebrate a second period goal against the New Jersey Devils. The Bruins defeated the Devils 4-1. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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.

First Period

  • No scoring in the first but the Bruins were called for six minutes worth of penalties while the Devils got called for two minutes.

Second Period

  • Less than four minutes into the period and Dainius Zubrus scores the first goal of the game for New Jersey and his first of the season. He was assisted by Zach Parise and Andy Greene on the play. Devils up 1-0
  • Two minutes later, Caron picks up his first career NHL goal for the Bruins and ties the game up. He was assisted by Johnny Boychuk on the play. Game tied 1-1
  • Five minutes go by before the Bruins themselves take the lead on Michael Ryder’s first goal of the season. Tyler Seguin and Mark Recchi were credited with assists on the goal. Bruins up 2-1
  • With less than four minutes remaining in the period, Shawn Thornton does something he doesn’t normally do — he scored a goal. It was his first of the season after scoring only one goal all of last year. He was assisted by Gregory Campbell and Brad Marchand. Bruins up 3-1
  • If Thornton’s goal wasn’t enough, Milan Lucic added his second goal of the season just a couple minutes later. He was assisted by David Krejci and Nathan Horton. Bruins up 4-1

Third Period

  • The scoring all done for the Bruins and Devils, New Jersey collected four minutes of penalties in the period while Boston had two minutes.

The Bruins will next play the Capitals on Tuesday in Washington. The Caps are off to a hot start as they are 4-1-0 on the season and Alex Ovechkin has four goals already.

Game Notes

  • Both teams were unable to capitalize on the power play as the Bruins went 0-for-3 and the Devils went 0-for-4.
  • The Bruins out-shot the Devils 35-32 for the game.
  • Boston also out-hit New Jersey 24-to-21.
  • Both teams won the same amount of faceoffs, 21 apiece.
  • The Bruins were without Marc Savard (post-concussion symptoms) and Marco Sturm (knee), while Daniel Paille, Brian McGratten and Adam McQuaid were all scratched.
  • The Devils were without Brian Rolston (sports hernia) and Anton Volchenkov (broken nose, stiff neck).

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