Devils pull within a goal after two periods but three third-period Bruins goals solidify 5-1 win for visitors
Matt Grzelcyk and David Pastrnak each scored twice and Connor Clifton scored once as the New Jersey Devils had their two-game win streak snapped by the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center in a 5-1 loss on Tuesday night. "You can't have a lapse against a team like that. Their players will make you pay and that's what they did tonight. They scored two quick goals and started to feel good about their game and we started sagging back."
The Devils head back on the road and will visit Pittsburgh on Friday. The game can be seen on MSG+ and heard on the Devils Hockey Network, including right here at NewJerseyDevils.com. Puck drop is 7:08 p.m. ET.
"It's the same thing we talked about all week, taking two steps forward and one back. If we put out that effort, we're not going to win very many games," said Blake Coleman after the game.
Nearly three minutes in, the best scoring chance early on went to Boston. Jake DeBrusk skated in on a breakaway and tried to flip a shot home, but Mackenzie Blackwood reached back to make a great blocker save.
The first penalty of the game went to the Devils after DeBrusk upended Pavel Zacha with 7:48 to go in the opening frame.
Shortly after the penalty expired, the Bruins struck for the game's first goal. Matt Grzelcyk's shot from the left circle was high short side to open scoring.
Fourteen seconds later, Brad Marchand spotted David Pastrnak at the left circle and he one-timed it past Blackwood to make it a two-goal game.
"You can't have a lapse against a team like that," said Coleman. "Their players will make you pay and that's what they did tonight. They scored two quick goals and started to feel good about their game and we started sagging back."
Devils headed right back on the man advantage seven seconds after the flurry of goals. Danton Heinen was called for tripping but Devils were unable to convert.
Bruins received their first power play of the game with 1:54 to go in the first after Taylor Hall was called for tripping.
Blake Coleman had a partial breakaway with time ticking off but before he could drive to the net, time ran out. Shots were 6-5 for Boston after one.
Boston owned the play in the opening portion of the middle frame, outshooting the Devils 6-2 through the first seven minutes but the Devils controlled things after that. Shots in the period from that point on were 9-6 for New Jersey and their hard work finally paid off when Coleman scored with less than two minutes to go in the period.
Nikita Gusev threaded the puck to Coleman in the slot and Coleman backhanded it past Rask to put the Devils on the board.
After two, shots were 18-16 for Boston.
"It wasn't good enough in the first period, we got ourselves back in the game (in the second) and then took ourselves back out of it in the third," stated a fuming Devils head coach John Hynes.
It was in that third that the Devils gave up three, starting with a power play goal.
Three minutes into the third, Subban was called for tripping up Pastrnak and he made the Devils pay quickly.
Eight seconds into the man advantage, Pastrnak ripped a shot from the point past Blackwood to put the Bruins back in front by a pair.
Grzelcyk then potted his second of the game just past the period's midway point to make it a 4-1 lead for the visitors.
Boston made it three third-period markers after Connor Clifton ripped a rolling puck from the blueline off the crossbar and in to make it a three-goal game.
Final shot count in the game was 27-26 for Boston.