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Postgame Reaction vs. New Jersey

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins – Despite falling to the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in the final game of the regular season, forward Chris Kelly put an exclamation point on the season, scoring his 14th goal of the year with just three seconds remaining.

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, of Finland, makes a block on a shot by New Jersey Devils center David Clarkson in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
“Emotion is a big thing for us,” forward Milan Lucic told NESN after the game. 

“When we play with that edge and when we’re playing with that fire, which we’re going to have to create for ourselves that’s when we’re a pretty good team.”

The Devils started the scoring off just 1:47 into the game when Patrick Elias netted his 21st goal of the year.

Boston tied the score before the end of the first with Rich Peverley’s 18th goal of the season. The goal came just seconds following a Boston power play, and assists when to Ryder and Ference, who played on the B’s second power play unit today.

The Devils took control of the game in the second period, going two up on Boston. They netted two goals on 10 second period shots. The Bruins recorded just one shot on goal in the second period.

Despite picking up the loss, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 29 saves, including enough acrobatic stops for his own highlight reel.

It was the final game of the season for the Devils as they failed to make the postseason and the Bruins avoided injury as they prepare to take on the Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs.

“I think that’s one thing that’s important for us heading into the playoffs to make sure your team is as healthy as possible and I think we accomplished that,” B’s head coach Claude Julien told NESN’s Naoko Funayama after the game.

Boston finished the regular season with the Northeast Division crown and a 46-25-11 record for 103 points.

“Overall, we’ve been pretty consistent when you look at the season through 82 games you’re going to lose some, you’re going to win some. But our curve was pretty steady in terms of moving up the whole season,” Julien told Funayama.

“When we had some challenges they didn’t last long, so our guys worked pretty hard and we had a decent year.”

The Bruins will return to Boston tonight and will begin preparations for their first round series tomorrow, after the NHL releases the postseason schedule later this evening.

“Now we’re going to close the book on the regular season and we’ve got a whole new season starting at the end of this week,” said Julien.

“We’ve got some playoff opponents here who have been pretty challenging for us and we have to get ourselves ready for that.

“I don’t think there is any reason to be overconfident or not confident at all.  It’s just a matter of getting into the right frame of mind here, understanding that we have a pretty good hockey club and if we plan on making a long run we have to be ready,” he said.
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