BOSTON, MA - Tuukka Rask made 31 saves to blank the New Jersey Devils in a 3-0 victory for Boston in their home opener.
"I thought they came out with a lot of energy," said Devils Head Coach John Hynes. "I thought that you come into a building like this on the home opener and I felt we weathered the storm a little bit. Obviously, didn't like the score at the end of the first but I thought as we came out in the second and as the game continued to go on we played pretty well."
The Bruins struck quickly to take control of the game with Brad Marchand finding twine at 3:33 of the first period. It was his fourth goal of the season. Boston kept the momentum going in their favor as Joakim Nordstrom potted one from in close at 11:22 of the opening frame.
The loss leaves New Jersey at 0-3-2 and still searching for their first victory of the season.
New Jersey returns home to host Florida on Monday for Kids' Day. The game is at 1 p.m. ET and can be seen on MSG and heard on the Devils Hockey Network, including right here at NewJerseyDevils.com.
A power play late in the period could have given the Devils life, but they squandered the first half of it with poor execution. Marchand had a shorthanded opportunity in deep on Cory Schneider early but was stopped.
Devils forward Nikita Gusev had the best look on that man advantage as Tuukka Rask was moving in the crease with traffic in front, but the Bruins goaltender slid to make the save.
Mirco Mueller took a penalty late in the first, meaning the Devils would begin the second period down a man. Things got dicey when Schneider lost his stick during the Boston power play, but the Devils were able to escape without allowing a goal.
Tuukka Rask was phenomenal in the second period, frustrating the Devils as they had numerous scoring chances denied by the Bruins goaltender.
The Devils outshot the Bruins 16-9 in the second frame but just couldn't break through the home team's goalie.
Boston scored a dagger goal with less than 46 seconds left in the second period. Patrice Bergeron tallied his first goal of the season, on the power play, to put the Bruins ahead 3-0.
The Devils finished the game 0-for-4 on the man advantage in the game.
"I don't think we're desperate enough to score goals," said Devils forward Kyle Palmieri. "I mean, it's a hard league to score in. That's a team that plays some pretty good defense in their zone. I think we just needed some more desperation and to outwork them a little more. I mean, there are some good things, there some positives, but I don't think we did enough to win the game when you don't score a goal."
Next up for New Jersey is an afternoon tilt with Florida at home on Monday.