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Consistency is the key in the NHL. For some teams, it’s like getting up in the morning. For others, it’s like trying to ride a bike again, but you just can’t stay up. The Boston Bruins have seemed like the latter. The team has looked like a Stanley Cup caliber team at times, but then other times they have been completely lost.
With the New Jersey Devils in town on Tuesday night it was imperative for the Bruins to come away with a good solid win. With goals from Zdeno Chara, Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi, the Bruins were able to come away with the 4-1 victory.
The win brought the Bruins to a record of 40-22-10, good for 90 points. Before Tuesday’s game, Boston had been 1-3-3 in the team’s last seven games and were looking for an answer. The B’s are fighting to stay atop the Northeast Division and are currently three points ahead of the Canadiens for that title.
New Jersey, on the other hand, has struggled this season. The loss brought them to 34-35-4 (72 points) and brings them back to nine points away from the last playoff spot. Although the team is having a tough season, they are still a strong team with good players and leaders.
Coming into Tuesday’s game, Bruins head coach Claude Julien knew that New Jersey would be a tough matchup and that was something he was looking forward to.
“It’s going to be a good challenge for us,” Julien told the team’s official website. “(It’s) something that we probably need right now, some good opposition and, obviously, some better games from our group.”
Tim Thomas started in goal for the Bruins and had another solid game against the Devils. He improved his record to 30-10-8 on the year. Thomas was 0-2-2 coming into the game but was able to get his third win (in three tries) against New Jersey this season. He saved 30-of-31 shots on goal in the game.
Martin Brodeur was in net for the Devils and had a tough outing. He saw his record fall to 21-23-2 on the year. Brodeur is now 4-4-0 in his last seven games after winning seven in a row. He stopped only 26-of-29 shots on goal Tuesday night.
The Bruins stay home as the Montreal Canadiens come around for the last time this season on Thursday. Boston has struggled against it’s rival this season holding a record of 1-3-1 against them. The two teams met two weeks ago with the Canadiens coming out on top 4-1. In that loss, Chara laid down a nasty hit on Max Pacioretty that could end the player’s season and nearly almost his career. The only win the B’s earned was back in February when the teams scored 14 times and had 187 penalty minutes with Boston coming out on top 8-6. So with the season winding down, Thursday should be a tough game between these two teams, and look for the Canadiens to try and get revenge on Chara for his hit.