The New Jersey Devils visited the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden as both were the last remaining teams in the Eastern Conference without a loss in regulation. Last season, the Bruins swept the Devils in the season series.
Dougie Hamilton will not be joining his OHL team as GM Peter Chiarelli had told the 19-year-old that he will be staying with the club for the remainder of the season after the 5-3 victory last night against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Chris Bourque will be celebrating his 27th birthday today.
Shawn Thornton and Krystofer Barch locked up for a dance for about 1:17. Thornton had the edge, but Barch did get a couple of shots late in the bout.
Andrew Ference was called for tripping, and the Devils were on the man advantage. The B's killed it off.
The period ended scoreless where both teams got nine shots on goal.
Early in the period, Anton Volchenkov was called for high sticking to give the Bruins their first power play. Devils killed it off with no shots on Johan Hedberg.
Johnny Boychuk went off for tripping, and the Devils scored on the ensuing power play. David Clarkson got the tally to open the game's score sheet when Ference inadvertently screened Rask to beat him on the upper left side. The goal was the first power play goal allowed by Boston this season.
Shortly after, the Bruins went on the power play on Mark Fayne's hooking call, but they could not convert on the man advantage.
The whistle was out again and it was Daniel Paille off to the Sin Bin. On the replay, out was New Jersey's Bryce Salvador that made contact on Hedberg, but goaltender interference was the call. Fortunately for the B's, nothing came out of it for New Jersey.
Boston was called for high sticking and Nathan Horton took a seat. Boston negated the power play.
The second period ended with the lone goal by the Devils. Shots on goal were for the Devils as they edged the Bruins 7-5.
David Krejci was called for goaltender interference. The replay showed Volchenkov playing him into Hedberg but the call went in favor of the Devils. Boston killed it off.
Diaries Zubrus was called for holding, giving the Bruins a power play, but the Devils have been utilizing their defensive skills to keep the B's off the scoreboard.
Boston got on the board with just 4:05 left. Krejci skated up the line to pass to Milan Lucic. Lucic passed it back to Krejci then to Horton who wrested a shot past Hedberg to put the game at one apiece. The goal also forced overtime, and both teams maintained a goose egg in the regulation loss column while earning a point. All that was left was to decide who would get the extra point.
Krejci nearly ended it in the first minute of play as the puck went off his skate, but couldn't corral it as the New Jersey D knocked him off the play.
Extra EXTRA Fun
Bos-Seguin = YUP!...wait...some idiot from the seats tossed something at Hedberg. The shot had to be done over...YUP!
NJ-Kovalchuk = Yup. It was a nasty snap under Rask's glove.
Bos-Bergeron = Nope
NJ-Elias = Nope..rang the crossbar
Bos-Horton = Nope
NJ-Zajac = Nope
Bos-Krejci = Nope
NJ-Clarkson = Nope
Bos-Bourque = Nope
NJ-Josefson = Nope
Bos Marchand = YUP! First career attempt and he just got it in.
NJ Zidlicky = NOPE! Rask JUST kept it in front of the goal line.
The Boston Bruins earned the extra point and a big kudos to Tuukka Rask for sticking it out for the 65 minutes and six rounds of shootout to notch his fourth win of the season.
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