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Bruins Drop Season Finale, Turn Focus to Montreal

Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins and Anssi Salmela #29 of the New Jersey Devils collide at center ice during the game at the Prudential Center on April 10, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin NHLI via Getty Images)

In their final game of the regular season, the Bruins lost 3-2 to the Devils after taking some of the game off, but since 15 of the 16 seeds had already been wrapped up (including all eight East slots), they could afford to get the extra rest. New Jersey got on the board just 1:47 in on a snap shot from Patrik Elias. Boston answered just past the period’s midpoint, thanks to Rich Peverley.

Even though the 2nd Period featured neither goals nor penalties, New Jersey clearly seized the momentum and ran with it. In the whole 20-minute frame, the Bruins managed but a single shot. New Jersey only got 10 themselves, but the Bruins were just about completely asleep.

Boston turned themselves back on in the 3rd, thanks to some help from a power play 42 seconds in, even though it was unsuccessful. Boston improved their shot total to 14 in the period, but in the midst of the energy, New Jersey snuck in twice to make it 3-1. Chris Kelly scored on a tip-in with four ticks left on the clock, but all that did was pad the stats of fantasy teams who still happen to be competing.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
1:47 NJD Patrik Elias (21) Snap Shot – Assists: Brian Rolston (20) & Henrik Tallinder (11)
10:04 BOS Rich Peverley (18) Wrist Shot – Assists: Michael Ryder (23) & Andrew Ference (12)
2nd Period
3rd Period
4:00 NJD Vladimir Zharkov (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: Anssi Salmela (6)
9:10 NJD Alexander Urbom (1) Wrap-Around – Assists: Jacob Josefson (7) & David Clarkson (6)
19:56 BOS Chris Kelly (14) Tip-In – Assists: Dennis Seidenberg (25) & Johnny Boychuk (13)

Penalty Summary

1st Period
7:58 NJD Andy Greene: Tripping – 2 min
17:01 BOS Tyler Seguin: Tripping – 2 min
2nd Period
3rd Period
0:42 NJD Henrik Tallinder: Tripping – 2 min

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total TOI
BOS Tuukka Rask (L) 29/32 60:00
NJD Johan Hedberg (W) 24/26 60:00

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd Total
BOS 11 1 14 26
NJD 14 10 8 32

Game Notes

  • Mark Recchi and Zdeno Chara were given the day off to rest up for the playoffs.
  • Despite finishing with less points (103) than Pittsburgh (106), Boston gets the #3 seed based on winning a division.
  • Get ready to rape, loot and pillage, because Boston will host Montreal in the 1st round.

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