BOSTONBRUINS.COM – The B’s got back on track with a decisive 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils last night in Newark, showing off all the facets of their game that were not evident in the loss to Dallas.
It looks like the two rather intense practice sessions earlier this week helped out, as the Bruins looked smooth carrying the puck through the neutral zone and strong on defense.
“I think starting in our zone properly – I think everyone was coming back, stopping in their positions and starting from there,” forward Shawn Thornton said to NESN's camera's postgame. “There wasn’t much swinging – there wasn’t a lot of turnovers.
"We were getting pucks in instead of turning them over on the [blue line]. When we’re doing that, we can get everybody going and that’s our strength.”
After falling behind 1-0 early in the first period, the Bruins scored six unanswered goals.
The star of the night was forward Patrice Bergeron, who scored a highlight reel goal with his signature deke to his forehand.
After blocking a shot at the point, Bergeron broke loose up the ice and beat Martin Brodeur to give the B’s a 3-1 lead, using the patented move he used to beat Ottawa’s Craig Anderson Dec. 14.
The team’s alternate captain scored again in the third period, while Thornton, Gregory Campell, David Krejci and Nathan Horton all scored in the game to help pick up the victory.
“Everyone was doing the right thing, everyone was going to the net,” Thornton said. “Being really heavy on the pucks and trying to keep pucks in the other zone as much as possible and it worked out for us.”