Bruins Take Two in Jersey: With tonight's victory over the New Jersey Devils, the Bruins take the Northeast Division lead ahead of the Montreal Canadiens by one point, with both teams having nine games left on their schedules. The Bruins have a quick turnaround and will take on the New York Islanders tomorrow at TD Garden with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET (Televised on NESNplus).
Seguin to the Box, Devils Score: With under four minutes left in the final frame, Tyler Seguin was sent to the box for elbowing in a battle along the boards. The ensuing Devils power play saw a six-on-four man advantage, after pulling Martin Brodeur, leading to a flurry of shots from the New Jersey offense. The Bruins were eventually able to kill off the penalty to Seguin, yielding 5-4 play with Brodeur still pulled, but the Devils were still able to tally a late goal from Matt D'Agostini to bring New Jersey within one for the third time in the night.
B's Back on the Penalty Kill: Tyler Seguin was called for slashing at 10:26 into the third frame after he inadvertently clipped New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur in the neck region. The Devils applied ample pressure on the Bruins PK unit, but Boston was able to overcome Seguin's penalty to kill off yet another penalty. In total the Bruins have committed eight penalties in tonight's matchup.
Seguin Scores: Daniel Paille, with great speed, triggered the play that led to Tyler Seguin's goal after he won a foot race on an aggressive forecheck deep in New Jersey zone behind the Devils' net. Paille quickly took the puck and fed it backwards to Seguin who was flying through the seam, who was able to chip it past Martin Brodeur to give the Bruins a two goal cushion with just under 13 minutes remaining in the third period. Seguin notches his 13th goal of the year on the play with Paille earning his sixth assist.
Greene Scores: Andy Greene beat B's goalie Anton Khudobin glove-side with cross-ice pass from Adam Henrique to bring the Devils within one with 14:02 second remaining in the third period. Greene earns his fourth goal on the play with Henrique and Steve Bernier earning their fifth and sixth assist respectively.
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9:18 p.m. - 2nd Intermission Snapshots: BOS 4, NJD 2
Bruins go on the PP, Give up a Shorty: At 15:11 into the second period, the Devils' Anton Volchenkov was called for elbowing and was issued a game misconduct after a high hit. The Bruins went on the power play for five minutes, but soon surrendered a shorthanded goal to Travis Zajac (sixth of the year) after the B's turned over the puck in the neutral zone. The Bruins continued on the power play for the remaining two-plus minutes following the Zajac goal but were unable to sustain enough pressure to create any solid scoring opportunities. They have 11 seconds left on the man-advantage to start the third.
Devils Score: Patrik Elias put New Jersey on the board for the first time in tonight's game at 11:07 into the first period for his 11th goal of the year, after deflecting a shot in front. Earning an assist on the play was the re-acquired Steve Sullivan for his eighth helper of the season.
Bruins Back on the PK: At 6:45 into the second frame, Zdeno Chara was called for tripping and was sent to the box for the Bruins sixth penalty of the night. The Bruins league leading penalty kill continued to shine and was able to kill off the penalty to their Captain to preserve their 4-0 lead. Before the Devils' shortie (see above), the B's had actually outscored their opponents on the PK on the road, 5-4, scoring four shorthanded goals and only allowing four.
Chara Puts B's up Four: Three penalties, one by the Bruins and two by the Devils, gave the B's a four-on-three advantage just over two minutes into the second period. The B's were able to capitalize on their 15th power play goal of the year (now 15/100) with Zdeno Chara pushing the loose puck under Brodeur on the doorstep to give the Bruins their fourth goal of the night, with David Krejci stationed in front. Jaromir Jagr, who threw the initial shot on net leading to the goal, and Krejci both earned assists on the play for their 16th and 22nd respectively. Jagr now has a multiple point game with his two assists in tonight's tilt.
8:22 p.m. - 1st Intermission Snapshots: BOS 3, NJD 0
Bruins Notch Their Second Shorty: The Bruins took their fourth penalty of the night (see previous three below) with Nathan Horton called for hooking at 7:02 into the first, putting them on the penalty kill once again. The B's were able to control the puck despite being down a man, leading to an Andrew Ference wrist shot, after Rich Peverley sent the puck up to him at the blueline. The puck found its way to the back of the Devils net after ricocheting off Gregory Campbell expertly stationed right in the slot to cause traffic, to give Campbell his fourth goal of the year with Ference (7) and Peverley (11) getting credited with assists.
Paille's Shorty: Not long after the penalties to Chara and Boychuk (see below) were killed off, Dennis Seidenberg was sent to the box after an illegal check to the head. Rich Peverley, in the Bruins defensive zone, anticipated an attempted D to D pass by Steve Sullivan and was able pick the puck off at the blueline creating a two-on-one play with Paille, who was streaking down the left wing. About ten feet from the net Peverley dished the puck to Paille who fired a shot, which was initially stopped by Brodeur, but Paille got his own rebound and punched it in to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead for his eighth goal of the year.
B's First PK & Boychuk's Penalty Shot: Johnny Boychuk was called tripping putting the Bruins on the penalty kill at 1:48 into the first period. A short time later teammate Zdeno Chara was called for delay of game (when the puck deflected off his stick in the D-zone on the PK), putting the Bruins on a 5-3 man disadvantage but the B's remained poised and killed off the first penalty to Boychuk.
Right as Boychuk was exiting the box, the puck was sliding out of the Bruins zone which the B's defenseman was able to scoop up and streak down into the New Jersey zone for a breakway, before he was tripped up yielding penalty shot. The Bruins defenseman started his penality shot by swinging out wide left then back right but was stoned by Brodeur to keep the game 1-0. Both of the Bruins penalty shots this year have come in shorthanded situations for the Bruins with Brad Marchand converting on his attempt against the Capitals on March 5. The Bruins were able to kill off the remaining penalty time to Chara to bring the Bruins back to full-strength with their 1-0 lead still intact.
Campbell Scores: Just 1:10 into the first period, Gregory Campbell put the Bruins on the board to give them an early 1-0 lead. Jaromir Jagr showed extreme strength on the puck, controlling it in the New Jersey seam before throwing a shot on net. Campbell was there for the rebound right in front of the Devils' crease and was able to whack the puck in for his third goal of the year.
6:30 p.m. Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. NJD
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Khudobin (8-3-0, 2.07 GAA, .929 Save %) vs. Brodeur (10-5-7, 2.18 GAA, .928 Save %). This will be Khudobin's first start against New Jersey. Brodeur is 24-21-10 with a 2.52 GAA and .910 Save % with four shutouts in 57 games against Boston.
BRUINS VS DEVILS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Devils will meet for the 140th time tonight with the B’s holding a 73-37-19-10 record with a 469-377 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 33-19-11-4 in 67 road games in New Jersey with a 207-167 scoring edge. The Bruins have won their last six games against the Devils, including the first two games of this season's series with a 2-1 shootout win on January 29 and a 1-0 win on April 10. The Black & Gold are 10-1-0 in their last 11 games against New Jersey with their lone loss coming in a 3-2 loss on April 10, 2011. Note: Totals include when the Devils franchise was in Kansas City and Colorado.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Bruins forward Nathan Horton is currently two goals short of his 200th NHL goal… Jay Pandolfo's next appearance will be the 900th NHL game of his career.
IRON MEN: Coming into tonight, the Bruins have six players that have played in all 38 games this season: Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin.
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SETH GRIFFITH SIGNED: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced April 9, that the club has signed forward Seth Griffith to a three-year entry-level contract. Griffith has skated in 54 games this year with the London Knights (Ontario Hockey League) and has registered 33 goals and 48 assists with a +18 rating. For the full release click here.
DEVILS NOTEBOOK: The Devils enter tonight's game following a 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday…On April 3, the Devils acquired forward Steve Sullivan from Phoenix in exchange for New Jersey's seventh-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Sullivan notched his first goal as a Devil on Sunday, April 7 against Buffalo…Anton Volchenkov is currently two assists shy of his 100th NHL assist…
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 14-for-99 (14.1%, 24th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 113-for-125 (90.4%, 1st NHL)… Devils power play: 24-for-142 (16.9%, 20th NHL), Devils penalty kill: 112-for-138 (81.2%, 19th NHL).