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Snapshots: Bruins vs. Devils

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Snapshots: Bruins (7-2-0) vs. Devils (1-5-4)

9:49 pm - Third Snapshots: FINAL BOS 3, NJD 4

DEVILS TOP BRUINS WITH LATE GOAL: Devils blueliner Andy Greene was able to give New Jersey the late lead, when he found a rebound at the bottom of the left faceoff circle, to then chip it past Rask with 44.1 seconds remaining on the clock in the third period. The Bruins made a last second push with less than five seconds remaining the clock when Torey Krug threw a bomb on net from the top of the slot, but Martin Brodeur was able to make the stop to give the Devils a come-from-behind 4-3 victory at TD Garden. The Bruins are back in action on Wednesday, October 30 as the team heads to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins at the Consol Energy Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.

With 3:15 to go in the third period of play, blueliner Torey Krug was assessed a double minor when he caught New Jersey's Damien Brunner in the face with his stick.  The first minute of the man advantage for the Devils saw sustained time in the Bruins zone with Tuukka Rask making two solid saves on perimeter shots from below the blueline and just above the left faceoff circle.  With 2:34 to go on the Krug penalty, Patrice Bergeron was called for delay of game, putting the Bruins on a five-on-three disadvantage.  41 seconds into the five-on-three, New Jersey tied the game when Marek Zidlicky rifled a slapshot from high in the B's zone past Rask to tie the game with 1:08 remaining in the third period.

Zdeno Chara was called for interference at 5:27 into the third frame on New Jersey's Jaromir Jagr, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the fourth time tonight. The B's PK had its strongest showing of the evening on the Chara penalty, and even had a shorthanded scoring opportunity on a Patrice Bergeron breakaway, which he shot just above the top post, which sailed out of play.

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The Bruins are back in action on Wednesday, October 30 as the team heads to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins at the Consol Energy Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.

8:54 pm - Second Snapshots: BOS 3, NJD 2

STRONG IN THE FACEOFF CIRCLE: The Bruins remained characteristically strong on the faceoff circle through two periods of play, winning 26 of 42 draws (62%). Leading the way for the Bruins is perennial Selke candidate Patrice Bergeron who is currently 9 for 11 (82%). Also having a strong day in the faceoff circle is David Krejci who is winning draws at an 86% rate (6/7).

Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara was called for delay of game with 1:57 to go in the second period putting the B's on the PK for the third time in the contest. With 27.1 second remaing in the frame, Damien Brunner's snapshot bid on net slipped between Rask's body and the post and trickled over the line. The puck initially looked like it had not made its way completely through, but upon further review, it was apparent that the puck had in fact crossed the line brining the Devils within one goal heading into the third period. The goal marks Brunner's fourth goal of the season, which is now tied for first on the Devils with Michael Ryder.

SMITH TO THE BOX: Forward Reilly Smith was sent to the box at 8:10 into the second period of play for holding putting the B's on the PK for the second time tonight. The Bruins PK unit rebounded from its first goal it allowed earlier in the evening and managed to keep the Devils out of the Bruins zone for a majority of the kill. Right at conclusion of the successful penalty kill the Devils put a shot on Rask from point blank, which Rask managed to cover up shortly before a pile of bodies gathered up in front, all battling for the puck.

7:57 pm - First Snapshots: BOS 3, NJD 1

LUCIC NOTCHES A GOAL: Milan Lucic his first goal of the game when he beat Martin Brodeur five-hole with just 56 seconds to go in the first frame of action.  Jarome Iginla earned an assist (sixth of the year) on the goal as he fed Lucic with a cross-ice pass on the left wing during the transition up-ice. The goal marks Lucic sixth goal of the year and is his third goal in his last three games (2 vs BUF, 0 vs SJS).  Bruins forward David Krejci extends his point-streak to seven straight games with his assist, accruing 2-7=9 totals during that span.

With 8:02 to go in the first period, the Bruins went on their second power play of the evening when New Jersey's Damien Brunner was called for interference.  Though the B's didn't score on this power play opportunity, they were able to keep the puck in the Devils zone for a majority of the man-advantage and get shots through on Brodeur to keep the pressure on. The Bruins are now one for two on the power play this evening.

Johnny Boychuk was sent to the box with 9:32 to go in the first period when he was called for interference on New Jersey's Adam Henrique. Coming into the evening, the Bruins PK ranked third in the NHL killing off penalties at an 87.5% rate. However, this time around the B's penalty kill unit got beat when Adam Henrique was able to slip the puck past Rask to slice the Bruins lead in half with under ten minutes remaining in the period.

Jarome Iginla notched his second goal is as many games when he threw the puck on net in transition from the right wing, which ricochetted off a Devil defender into the back of the net to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.  Dougie Hamilton was credited an assist on the play for his breakout pass, which hit Iginla perfectly with as he was streaking through the neutral zone. Getting the puck to Hamilton before the breakout pass was goaltender Tuukka Rask who earns an assist on the play for his first helper of the season (fifth of his career).  The goal gives Iginla 2-4=6 totals during his last four games. Since the 2011-12 season, the Black & Gold have compiled a 96-4-6 record in games in which they have had a two-goal lead in a game.

KRUG SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY: The Bruins got their first power play of the game with 12:19 remaining in the first period when Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara was tripped by Devils forward Dainius Zubrus.  The Bruins wasted no time when Torey Krug ripped a snapshot from just above the with Milan Lucic providing traffic in front,  giving the puck a chance to get past New Jersey's Martin Brodeur. The goal marks Krug's fourth goal of the season, making him second on the team in goals behind Lucic.

6:30 pm - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. NJD

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (6-2-0, 1.26 GAA, .957 Save %) vs. Brodeur (0-2-2, 3.40 GAA, .865 Save %). Rask is 3-1-2 with a 1.01 GAA and .966 save % with two shutouts in seven career games against New Jersey. Brodeur is 24-22-10 with a 2.57 GAA and .908 save % with four shutouts in 58 career games against Boston.

BRUINS VS NEW JERSEY LIFETIME: The B’s and Devils will meet for the 141st time tonight (includes New Jersey as Kansas City and Colorado) with the Bruins holding a 74-37-19-10 record and a 474-381 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 40-18-8-6 in their 72 lifetime meetings against the Devils in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 262-210 in those contests. Boston have won the last seven meetings versus the Devils and are 11-1-0 in their last 12 matchups against the Devils, with their lone loss spanning back to a 3-2 loss in New Jersey on April 10, 2011.

KREJCI LINE STREAKING: Centerman David Krejci enters tonight’s game riding a six-game point streak, registering 2-6-8 totals during that span. Fellow linemates Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla ride point streaks of their own over the past three games, with Lucic registering 2-3=5 totals and Iginla tallying 1-3=4 totals.

TUUKKA TAMING THE OPPOSITION: Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask comes into the matchup ranked fourth in the NHL in GAA (1.26) and third in Save % (.957). Rask has allowed just 10 goals in eight games (266 shots against) en route to his six wins, which are tied for third in the NHL.

LEADING ACTIVE NHL SCORERS: Tonight’s game will feature first (Jaromir Jagr) and fifth (Jarome Iginla) leading active NHL scorers. Jagr (683-1012=1,695 totals in 1401 GP) and Iginla (531-580=1,111 totals in 1,241 GP) have registered a combined 1,214 goals, 2,806 assists, 4,020 points and appeared in a combined 2,642 games.

BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Boston Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani.

90 Years Celebration Games:
-Monday, October 14 vs. Detroit Red Wing (Milt Schmidt puck drop)        -Tuesday, February 4th vs. Vancouver Canucks
-Thursday, November 21st vs. St. Louis Blues                                          -Monday, March 1st vs. Washington Capitals
-Saturday, December 21st vs. Buffalo Sabres                                           -Monday, March 24th vs. Montreal Canadiens
-Tuesday, January 14th vs. Toronto Maple Leafs                                      -Thursday, March 27th vs. Chicago Blackhawks
-Thursday, January 30th vs. Montreal Canadiens                                     -Saturday, April 5th vs. Philadelphia Flyers

170 AND COUNTING: Following last Thursday’s home game against the San Jose Sharks, the Bruins have sold out 170 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.

DEVILS NOTEBOOK: Defenseman Marek Zidlicky currently leads the Devils in assists and points with eight…Jarormir Jagr enters tonight just one game winning goal shy of moving into sole possession of first place on the NHL’s all-time leader board…Travis Zajac is one goal away from his 100th NHL goal…Former Bruin Michael Ryder notched three goals and one assists in three games against the Bruins last year as a Montreal Canadien. Ryder currently leads New Jersey in the goal-scoring department with four…

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 4-for-31 (12.9%, 23rd NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 21-for-24 (87.5%, 3rd NHL)… Devils power play: 5-for-33 (15.2%, 21st NHL), Devils penalty kill: 23-for-27 (85.2%, 7th NHL).

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