BRUINS 23-8-4 (50 pts) vs DEVILS 15-12-9 (39 pts)
9:29 p.m. - Postgame Snapshots: FINAL BOS 1, NJD 0
Bruins Extend Streak: With tonight's victory over the New Jersey Devils, the Bruins extend their winning streak to three games and improve to 24-8-4 (52 pts). The Bruins are back in action this Saturday and will travel to Montreal to take the Canadiens at 7:00 p.m. in a Northeast Division matuchup.
Rask Earns Shutout: With tonight's win, Tuukka Rask improves to 16-5-4 and earns his third shutout of the year and his 14th shutout of his career. The shutout also marks his second against the New Jersey Devils in his career. Rask remained poised all throughout tonight's game stopping all 40 Devils' shots, including a point blank bid form Andy Green with just under five minutes remaining in the third period.
Shots Fired: In their last two games the Bruins have had to fend off 40+ shots from their opponent with Ottawa's 47 shots on Tuesday and New Jersey's 40 shots tonight. The Bruins have not faced 40-or-more shot games by consecutive opponents since December 13, 2011 against Los Angeles (41- in a 3-0 Boston win) and December 14 at Ottawa (49 in a 5-2 Bruins victory).
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Next Game: The Bruins are back in action this Saturday and will travel to Montreal to take the Canadiens at 7:00 p.m. in a Northeast Division matuchup.
8:38 - 2nd Intermission Snapshots: BOS 1, NJD 0
In his first game as a Boston Bruin, Jaromir Jagr came through with a goal just 1:20 into the second period to give the B's a 1-0 lead. Brad Marchand played a key role on the play, feeding a driving Jagr from the left side who drove the net hard and put his stick down to tip the puck, but instead it hit his skate and deflected in past Brodeur. No matter - that goal makes Jagr the first player to score in his first game as a Boston Bruin since Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder both scored in their spoked-B debuts on October 9, 2008. Jagr is now Boston's leading scorer with 15 goals on the season, just ahead of Marchand with 14 goals. Marchand and Zdeno Chara earned their 16th and 10th assists of the season, respectively, and No. 63 now has 1-5=6 totals in five of his last seven games.
Soupy's Chance: Gregory Campbell had a solid scoring opportunity for the Bruins, with under five minutes remaining in the second period, after picking the pocket of a New Jersey player in the Devil's zone. After swiping the puck in the left faceoff circle, Campbell gained ground on the New Jersey net with one hard lunge and then let a wrister fly. Brodeur read the shot and was able to get his blocker on it, to deflect the puck wide. Can always count on the Merlot Line for the consistent energy and forecheck, no matter the game-time situation.
B's on the PP: At 7:05 into the second period David Clarkson was called for inference, putting the Bruins on the power play for the first time this game. The Bruins had two good scoring chances on the power play, with one coming from Jagr (played the full two minutes on the PP) who nearly backhanded a rebound past an out-of-position Brodeur, but came up just wide. The Devils were able to kill off the penalty to Clarkson successfully, making them 104-130 on the year.
7:45 - 1st Intermission Snapshots: BOS 0, NJD 0
B's on the PK: With 3:35 remaining the first frame, Bruins forward David Krejci was called for holding out in front of the B's bench in the neutral zone. The Bruins came into tonight with the league leading penalty kill (90%) and were once again successful, killing off the penalty and keeping the game scoreless. The Black & Gold are now 112-for-123 on the penalty kill this season.
Tuukka Time: Rask had a solid first period for the Bruins stopping all 17 shots, including a rebound attempt from New Jersey's David Clarkson on the doorstep. Clarkson took two or three whacks at the puck from point-blank but Rask remained poised and was able to keep the puck out of the back of net. A similar attempt came from Adam Henrique just a few feet from Rask about 14 minutes into the period, but the B's netminder was well positioned and turned aside the Devils' scoring chance with his right pad. Rask, in his first start in two games, has looks very confident between the pipes so far. The key for the B's - like last game when they allowed a total of 47 shots - will be limiting those shots as the game progresses, and slowing down New Jersey in the netural zone.
Jagr's First Period as Bruin: As Jagr took the ice in his first shift, a huge roar and standing ovation of appreciation echoed throughout TD Garden. Not long after he was on the ice, Jagr posted himself up in front the New Jersey net and redirected a Zdeno Chara slapshot from the blueline, but Martin Brodeur was able to position his body just enough to keep the puck out of the net. Jagr was credited with two shots (leads the Bruins) and one blocked shot in 5:58 of ice time (five shifts).
Krejci Wears the 'A': With Patrice Bergeron out of the lineup, David Krejci is wearing the 'A' tonight, along with Andrew Ference. The B's defenseman normally alternates the 'A' with Chris Kelly.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs NJD
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (15-5-4, 2.02 GAA, .922 Save %) vs. Brodeur (10-3-6, 2.27 GAA, .905 Save %). Rask is 2-1-2 with a 1.21 GAA and .956 Save % with one shutout in six career games against New Jersey. Brodeur is 24-20-10 with a 2.55 GAA and .909 Save % with four shutouts in 56 career games against Boston.
BRUINS ON NESNPLUS: The Bruins and Red Sox are in action simultaneously for the first time in 2013 tonight and NESN will be broadcasting both games. The Bruins-Devils games will be aired on NESNplus.
DEADLINE DAY TRANSACTIONS: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced April 3, that the team had acquired defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2014. The pick becomes a sixth round pick in 2014 if Redden plays in one or more games during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins also acquired forward Rob Flick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Max Sauve.
JAGR’S DEBUT IN BOSTON: Jaromir Jagr is expected to make his Bruins debut tonight and will be wearing # 68 for the Black & Gold. The 6’3’’, 240-pound forward has skated in 1,380 NHL games (37th NHL all-time), notching 679 goals (10th NHL all-time) and 1,000 assists (12th NHL all-time). Jagr’s 1,679 points rank eighth on the NHL’s all-time list and has been named the Art Ross Trophy winner on five occasions. The 41-year-old winger is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion (Pittsburgh, 1991, 1992) and set an NHL record earning 15-straight 70+ point seasons from 1992-2008. Jagr has never had a sub-50 point campaign.
BRUINS VS DEVILS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Devils will meet for the 139th time tonight with the B’s holding a 72-37-19-10 record with a 468-377 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 39-18-8-6 in 71 games at home against New Jersey with a 261-210 scoring edge. The Bruins have won their last five games versus the Devils, including a 2-1 shootout win in Boston on January 29 in the first game of this season’s series. The Black & Gold are 9-1-0 in their last 10 games against the Devils, with their last loss coming in a 3-2 decision on April 10, 2011.
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STREAKING: Bruins forward Nathan Horton comes into tonight’s game riding a four-game point/goal streak registering four goals and one assist during that span. Milan Lucic also comes into tonight’s tilt riding a point streak of his own having notched four assists in his last three games.
NHL EXPERIENCE: Jaromir Jagr and Martin Brodeur are both members of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft class. The two were selected just 15 picks apart in the first round with Jagr going fifth overall to the Penguins and Brodeur going 20th overall to the Devils. The two NHL veterans have appeared in a combined 2,590 NHL games.
145 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 145 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following Tuesday’s game. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
DEVILS NOTEBOOK: The New Jersey Devils acquired forward Steve Sullivan on April 3 from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft… Ilya Kovalchuk was placed on the IR on March 24, and is projected to miss two to four weeks due to a shoulder injury…Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov is currently two assists shy of his 100th NHL point… Martin Brodeur has appearead in 1,210 NHL games, which is the most by an NHL goaltender all-time… Patrik Elias leads the Devils in points (30) and assists (20) and is tied for first in goals (10). Elias also holds the highest plus/minus for New Jersey at +8.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 14-for-95 (14.7%, 25th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 111-for-122 (91.0%, 1st NHL)… Devils power play: 23-for-131 (17.6%, T-17th NHL), Devils penalty kill: 103-for-129 (79.8%, 20th NHL).