BOSTON, MA - The Devils didn't have much jump in this one as Boston was in the driver's seat for much of the game. Mackenzie Blackwood kept the Devils in it with 30 saves but the offense just wasn't there for the visitors as the Bruins took the 2-0 victory.
"Good at times and a little sloppy other times, but overall I felt pretty good other than some plays that I have to clean up a little bit... it was my third game so I felt pretty good," said Blackwood. "Just got to clean up some little stuff and keep building."
The Devils conclude their pre-season schedule when they take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Friday night at 7 p.m. EST.
The Bruins struck first at 13:26 of the first period, courtesy of Jack Studnicka's face. The puck deflected in past Blackwood off the Bruins player's face, putting the home team up 1-0.
It appeared as though the Bruins had scored to take a 2-0 lead right at the buzzer signaling the end of the second period. However, after review, it was determined to be a no-goal.
They'd get that goal back very early in the third when David Backes put one past Blackwood. The goal, at 1:22 of the final frame, put Boston up by two.
The Devils pulled Blackwood and had a power play late in the game, but they couldn't net a goal.
"I thought we got off to a bit of a slow start in the first period," said Devils Head Coach John Hynes. "I thought we played better in second and got better as the second period went on and then the third period, I thought they kind of took the play and we made some pushes in the third.
"So, I think overall, in general, I think it was good. We have a lot of new guys, a lot of young guys. You come into a building on the road against a team and five NHL d-men that are difficult to play against, so I think there was some good from it and some learning lessons, I think, mostly for individuals."
New Jersey is now 4-2-0 in exhibition play. Next up for the Devils is the pre-season finale on Friday in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.