The Bruins opened up this very tough week in the schedule with a game Wednesday night against the New Jersey Devils. Boston routed New Jersey by a score of 6-1. Boston (51 points) now pulls within one point of the Eastern Conference leading New York Rangers (52 points).
The Devils got on the board first when David Clarkson scored a power play goal set up by Zack Parise. The two ran a break-away after the Bruins got caught playing a little too far up ice when they were supposed to be conservatively killing a penalty. Tim Thomas looked like that he could have stopped the shot as well.
The B's went on to beat Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur for six unanswered goals. Patrice Bergeron scored two beauties, one of them was unassisted. David Krejci had a goal and assisted another to Nathan Horton. Yes, Horton got credit for the goal, but it was the perfect pass from Krejci that set it up. It was such a good pass that even I could have scored Horton's goal.
Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton also contributed to the score sheet with a goal each. Dennis Seidenberg and Milan Lucic each recorded two assists. Thomas made 30 saves on 31 shots.
The Bruins were in complete control of this one. They played very tight defense which forced New Jersey to commit 17 turnovers. They also controlled the face-off dot, winning more than half of the draws (30-12). Boston played consistent throughout the entire game and that is something that needs to be done all the time. Getting off to slow starts will not always work out.
The Bruins are back in action Thursday night back at home when they welcome in the Calgary Flames.
Gold Star: David Krejci (1 goal, 1 assist, plus-1 rating, 2 shots on goal, 76.5% face-offs won).
Black Star: Benoit Pouliot...He came up small against a team that he has had success against in the past. Taking a 10 minute misconduct penalty did not help his case either.