New Jersey Devils 2 at Boston Bruins 3
- Attendance: 17,565
- Three Stars: 1. Tuukka Rask (BOS) 2. Brad Marchand (BOS) 3. Damon Severson (NJD)
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The Devils lost, 2-3, in a hard-fought game against the Boston Bruins. After a scoreless first period, in which New Jersey recorded 20 shots, Miles Wood notched the first goal of the game 2:05 into the second period. Nico Hischer added the helper and picked up his 18th point on the road. He now leads the Devils in road points.
The Bruins tied the game five minutes after Woods’ goal, then Damon Severson jumped into the scoring column at 9:03. Boston F Brad Marchand, the game’s second star, scored the game-winner with 32.9 seconds remaining in the second and led the team with 2PTS (1-1) on the night.
This is the first time this season that the club has suffered three straight regulation losses in a row.
Tonight was the second of three games between the Bruins and Devils this season and the tail-end of New Jersey’s 10th of 16 sets of back-to-back contests this season. New Jersey is 5-3-2 in firsts and is 5-5-0 in the second games of back-to-backs.
The Devils trail the Bruins, 0-1-1, thus far after losing, 2-3Ls, in the shootout on Nov. 11 at Prudential Center, and 2-3L, at TD Garden.
New Jersey has not defeated the Bruins at TD Garden in six straight games (0-5-1) since the 2013-14 season. Jimmy Hayes (Dorchester), Cory Schneider (Marblehead), Brian Gibbons (Braintree, MA), and Brian Boyle (Hingham, MA) were all born in MA.
Boston improved their league-leading steak of consecutive games without a regulation loss to 17, 13-0-4, 30PTS (12/16-1/23), which ties their third-longest point streak in franchise history since 1983.
At 20:00 of the third period in the Devils/Bruins game, video review determined that time had expired before Brad Marchand’s shot crossed the New Jersey goal line. No goal Boston.
Devils’ goaltender, Ken Appleby, recalled from Binghamton (AHL) on Jan. 19, played in his second career NHL contest, stopping all four shots the Bruins presented him. Cory Schnieder left the game after 40:00 due to a lower-body injury. Schneider stopped 17 of 20 shots and was credited with the loss.
New Jersey went 0-4 on the power-play and 3-4 on the penalty-kill. The Devils out-shot the B’s, 39-24, tonight.
New Jersey Devils prospect Evan Cormier of the Saginaw Spirit became the franchise’s new career leader in games played by a goaltender on Sunday in North Bay. *Per OHL
UPCOMING SCHEDULE *all times subject to change
Thursday: 10:30 AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center. 7PM vs. Nashville Predators.
Friday – Sunday: NHL ALL-STAR BREAK
Monday: 2PM Practice at Prudential Center
Tuesday: 11:30 AM Practice at KeyBank Center. 7PM vs. Buffalo Sabres.