Game Seventy-Six (Live on NESN(HD) or 98.5FM The Sports Hub)
Boston Bruins (35-29-12) @ New Jersey Devils (44-26-6)
March 29th, 2010 @ 7:00PM
[credit: AP Photos]
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- Rask out-duels legend Brodeur in goaltending battle to give the Bruins two much needed points to hold onto the 8th seed in the East.
- The Bruins out-shot the Devils 34-to-21, led by captain Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron who each threw five pucks a piece at Martin Brodeur. Boston also out-hit New Jersey 20-to-15 through the three periods and four plus minutes of overtime.
- TUUKK NUKEM made 21-saves to earn his 5th shutout of the season and give the Bruins a much needed two points. After tonight's win Rask now leads the league in save-percentage (.929) and goals against average (2.02).
- Patrice Bergeron's goal with 18-seconds remaining in overtime can be compared to a snooze alarm on a game that I never knew started. Bergy know has recorded 50-points this season (18-32-50).
- Overall this was one of the most boring games of hockey I have ever watched in a long time. After a quick start for the Bruins the games tempo slowly dropped off as both teams went into their defensive formations and didn't budge. Still... a win is a win.
- Both Boston and New Jersey went 0-for-2 with the man advantage tonight.
- The Bruins are now tied with the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference standings with 82 points a piece. The teams rankings didn't change however due to the amount of wins each team has over each other.
- The Atlanta Thrashers dropped the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight to keep pace with the Bruins and stay only two points behind the Black & Gold. Some might see this as a bad thing but with the Leafs winning games in packs and threatening to blow a top three pick in the draft for Boston, I didn't mind this loss.
- RANT TIME! I am sick and tired of watching Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder just glide along taking up space. It seems that everytime a play develops either Wheels or Ryder are setup as the final pieces of the puzzle yet can never finish. Both are pathetic to watch in the cornors when trying to fight for the puck. Basically, whenever a play is developing and either of those two are on the ice I just drop an hopes of seeing a Bruins goal (unless Krejci holds onto the puck the whole time).
- The Bruins return to action Thursday night on home ice to take on the struggling Florida Panthers.