NEWARK, N.J. - The Bruins were a fraction of an inch away from what could have been a different game.
Brad Marchand was digging away on the doorstep, attempting to knot the score with just seconds remaining in the first period. Another rough start had the Bruins playing catch up and a goal that late in the frame could have resulted in a major swing in momentum.
But while Marchand's repeated attempts appeared to get the puck to squeeze under the glove of Devils goalie Corey Schneider and cross the goal line, a video review made it unclear as to whether there was any white between the red stripe and the puck.
The call on the ice of no goal stood. And as a result, Boston entered the first intermission still searching for its first goal.
The search continued for the duration of the evening as the Bruins fell, 3-0, to the Devils at Prudential Center.
"It was close," said Marchand. "I saw how close it was on the line there and I kind of lost track of it. I thought it went in, but the ref said it was inconclusive and the goalie kind of covered it up there, so it is what it is. Close call.
"It was at the end of the period…it would have been nice for us to tie it up there, but it didn't. We just didn't have a great game."
Video: BOS Recap: Bruins can't solve Schneider in 3-0 loss
The Bruins once again fell behind early, surrendering the game's first goal just 4:12 into the contest when PA Parenteau jammed home a loose puck from the doorstep.
"As many times as we've done it, you can't expect to do it every time," Torey Krug said of coming from behind. "Teams are good in this league, no matter where they are in the standings. It's tough to come back from two-goal deficits, especially in the third period.
"We did a poor job. We just can't continue to put ourselves in those positions."
The score remained, 1-0, until early in the third. Sergey Kalinin finished off a 2-on-1 break with Miles Wood only 1:44 into the final period. Taylor Hall capped things with his ninth goal of the season into an empty net with 1:58 to go.
"Obviously you lose games. And sometimes you can take a lot of positives out of it, despite the losses, but today I don't think there was too much," said Tuukka Rask, who made 23 stops to keep things close for much of the night.
The result was even more disappointing, considering how well the Bruins played in back-to-back wins over Buffalo. Continuing that momentum and kicking off a winning streak was the goal entering New Jersey, but now Boston must start from scratch on Thursday against Edmonton.
"We built something good against Buffalo, but you can't just expect things to fall in place because of that. You have to show up every night," said Patrice Bergeron, who landed three shots on goal.
"When you don't show up, I think everyone has to look at themselves in the mirror and realize that we're professionals and we're here to work hard every single game and night."
Video: Bruins speak to media after 3-0 loss in New Jersey
Penalty Kill Remains Strong
The one positive for the Bruins was their continued stellar play on the penalty kill. Boston killed off all six of New Jersey's power plays, including 1:09 of a 5-on-3 midway through the first, which was followed up by the remainder of Adam McQuaid's four-minute high-sticking penalty.
"We did a great job of killing penalties, especially in the first period. We seemed to get a bit of a jolt from that," said Julien.
"Then the period ended and we came out second period the same way we started the first…we really couldn't muster up anything tonight. I thought we were flat from start to finish."
Boston was shut out for the third time this season, with the other two blankings coming at the hands of the Minnesota Wild. The Bruins landed just 22 shots on goal.
"I think we played right into their hands," said Bergeron. "They seemed to want to sit back and wait for us. Instead of putting the puck in deep and using our speed we played right into that."
Miller Drops 'Em; Acciari Back In
After three straight games in which the Bruins had fights broken up before they could begin, Colin Miller was able to shed the gloves on Monday night in a quick, but spirited bout with Wood. It was Miller's first fight of the season and second of his career. Miller was assessed an extra two-minute penalty for roughing…After sitting out the previous five games as a healthy scratch, Noel Acciari was back in the lineup as the fourth-line right wing in place of Jimmy Hayes. Acciari landed one shot and one hit in 9:22 of ice time.