Well, this was it. The final regular season game for the 2010-2011 Boston Bruins took place this afternoon in New Jersey as they took on the Devils. As expected, key players got the day off today in order to rest up for the playoffs (Zdeno Chara, Mark Recchi, Tim Thomas).
Within the first two minutes of the game, Patrik Elias scored his 21st goal of the season to put New Jersey on top 1-0. About halfway through the first period, Rich Peverley tied the game at one on a shot that resulted from solid passing by Andrew Ference and Michael Ryder. The first period ended with the score tied at one.
The second period was painfully boring. The Bruins only had one shot on goal and neither team committed a penalty to spark a power play. At least those are somewhat exciting. It was quite obvious that the Bruins were playing with no heart. They were very timid and fragile because they did not want to risk an energy at this point of the season. Can't really blame them for that. The score remained tied at one after two periods.
In between periods, NESN put together a video montage on the Bruins season to the song "The Adventure" by Angels and Airwaves. A nice gift to all Bruins fans for a great season. In the third period, the New Jersey Devils scored two goals in a span of five minutes. Vladimir Zharkov scored his second of the season to put the Devils on top 2-1 and Alexander Urbom scored his first career goal to increase their lead to 3-1. Dennis Seidenberg (BOS) scored a late one, but it was all settled by that point. The Bruins fell to the Devils 3-2.
Gold Star: Rich Peverley (1 goal, +1 rating, 1 shot on goal)....solid puck movement and hustle to chase down the puck.
Black Star: Johnny Boychuk...he took a scary tumble earlier in the game but he was able to continue playing. However, he turned over the puck that led to a Devil's goal on a breakaway.
The Boston Bruins finish the season with a record of 46-25-11 with 103 points and the Northeast Division title. They will face the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Game 1 will be on Thursday night.