“It’s a tough way to lose any game," said Boston goalie Tim Thomas
. "I mean, any game’s a tough loss.”
A tough loss indeed…
“New Jersey is sometimes content to shoot for the rebound and just try to get shots through,” said Thomas of the pair of Devil goals. “Where as other teams will be more patient and wait for the perfect shot.
"So we did a pretty good job of letting me see it overall...but New Jersey [are] masters at keeping the score down."
However, the Bruins aren’t so bad at limiting chances, either and the B’s had a solid defensive effort, particularly on the penalty kill coming late in the second period.
“At the time it was [important]," said Thomas. "We obviously want to take as few penalties as we can and we did a good job of that.
"And when we got one, it was a 1-1 game at that point, and it’s a big kill at the time.
"Our PK came up big, which you’d hope would carry over the momentum so you can get the win,” he said.
But the Devils were able to net two even strength goals, with the second coming with just over a minute left on the clock.
“[The first] one was a two-on-one, the guy that was the shooter [David Clarkson] came in and shot from like three feet away. A riser,” Thomas explained. “And then the second one was a shot by [Jamie] Langenbrunner that was kind of bouncing that [Zach] Parise wacked at. It was bouncing all over the place.”
So in the end, the bounces just didn’t go the Bruins way on Thursday.
“Both goals were loose pucks that we right behind [Thomas] that we weren’t able to clear, and Timmy wasn’t able to freeze,” said B's head coach Claude Julien. “Those were the two goals that they got.
“They didn’t have a ton of chances and we didn’t either.
“It was hard fought. When you are heavy on the puck and you’re playing strong hockey, you’re not going to give the other team much of a chance,” Julien continued. “I thought that both teams played that way tonight.”
The Bruins came within a crossbar of tying it up, late, when defenseman Zdeno Chara
, acting as a power forward, tipped a shot off the crossbar.
“We hit the post at the end looking to get back into the game,” said Julien. “So, I think I have to take the positive out of that game and work with that.
“It was what I call a ‘heavy’ game, meaning that both teams were strong on the puck and it was a hard fought battle from start to finish.
“It was really just one of those things. It is unfortunate, had the bounce gone our way it would have been a great win for us,” he said.