New Jersey Devils (7-4-2 16pts) vs Boston Bruins (7-5-0 14pts)
Happy Saturday afternoon as the New Jersey Devils welcoming in the Boston Bruins to the Prudential Center for a matinee matchup. New Jersey is looking to extend their winning streak to four games and coming off two straight strong performances against the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders. It was an evenly matched first period as both teams had really good scoring chances and played well in their own zones. However, Erik Haula would get the Bruins on the scoreboard first at the 17:37 mark for his first goal of the season and as a member of the Boston Bruins. Haula crashed the net and buried Anton Blidh’s rebound shot that would beat goalie Jonathan Bernier. Boston would have the 1-0 advantage heading into the first intermission.
Brad Marchand extended the Bruins lead to 2-0 on the power play as he wristed a shot through traffic and Bernier’s five-hole for his seventh goal of the season. New Jersey did get a quick response twenty-eight seconds later as Dawson Mercer would send a quick one-timer into twine on the pass from Andreas Johnsson, trimming the Devils deficit to 2-1. Unfortunately for the Devils, Brad Marchand would strike again for his second goal of the game to give the Bruins their two goal lead back and make the score 3-1. David Pastrnak fired a shot on goal and Marchand was there to put in the rebound for the goal. Late in the third period, the Devils got the score back within one as Jesper Bratt snapped a shot that got past Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman for his third goal of the season to cut the lead to 3-2 heading into the third period.
New Jersey took it to the Boston Bruins for the first eleven minutes of period and had several chances to tie the game. Unfortunately for the Devils, the Bruins got back up to a two goal lead making it 4-2 as Patrice Bergeron cashed in on a melee near the front of the net on a David Pastrnak net drive and put in the rebound for his sixth goal of the season. The Devils also lost top pairing defenseman Ryan Graves on the play due to a lower body injury. Jake DeBrusk added an empty net goal to assure the Boston Bruins a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Tomorrow evening, the Devils look to get back in the win column as they cross the Hudson River to play against their heated rivals in the New York Rangers in the Big Apple.
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Next Up: New Jersey Devils @ New York Rangers, Sunday 11/14/21 @ 7:00pm EST