Tables turned: Devils score twice way late in the 3rd to beat the B's
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The New Jersey Devils handed the Bruins a shot of their own medicine.
Perhaps feeding off some of the leftover luck in the building from Thursday night, the Devils scored twice in the last minute of the 3rd period to snap Boston's winning streak and swipe away the 2 points.
The B's did all they possibly could to hand the game to the Devils, after Torey Krug received a double-minor high-sticking penalty, and Patrice Bergeron sailed a puck into the stands for delay of game. The Devils had 2:00 of 5-on-3 hockey; it then became 6-on-3 hockey after the Devils pulled goalie Martin Brodeur for the extra attacker.
All four New Jersey goals came on the power-play, which will definitely put a dent in the Bruins' PK percentage.
Their were too many bodies to cover, and Marek Zidlicky eventually ripped a bullet past Tuukka Rask's right shoulder, tying the game.
Just 20 seconds later, still on the power-play, Andy Greene slapped home a cross-ice pass/failed shot from Damien Brunner, capping off the comeback and ruining Saturday night for fans.
It's a tough loss to stomach, as the four game winning streak is snapped dead and left to rot. The B's twice had two goal leads, and both times the Devils fought back.
Torey Krug, Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic all scored in the first frame, providing the only offense the B's would muster on the night.
Krug's fourth of the year came on the power play, which should be noted has not totally stunk the past few games, chipping in with three goals in the last five games. Its progress.
A good sign for all B's fans: Iginla scored again. Getting the first one out of the way is always the hardest, and now he has a second G for his troubles. Fun stat: Tuukka Rask assisted on the goal. How nice of Tuukka to bring his offensive A-game with fellow net-minder and first ballot HOFer Brodeur in the house.
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Maybe an even better sign: Lucic scored yet again. He now has 11 points (6 G, 5 A) on the year, 1 point shy of the team leader David Krejci (2 G, 10 A).
The B's definitely let this one slip away. They had it in the bag, with Rask playing another solid game between the pipes. The double-minor to Krug put them in the hole, but Bergeron's unlikely delay of game penalty really put them in the vice-grip.
This was (maybe) Martin Broduer's last regular season game in Boston; with Broduer still not ready to commit to retirement following the season, the chance remains that Broduer played (and won) his last game in Boston.
New Devil and old-friend Jaromir Jagr potted two assists against his former team, contributing almost more in one game than he did in last year's playoffs.
The KIL line (nice, eh?) continues their torrid pace, with Krejci and Iginla recording two more assists, and Lucic netting his goal. They have now amassed 31 points through 10 games.
Brad Marchand continues to struggle; he has 1G and 2A thus far, with his lone goal coming in the second game of the year.
Even with the disappointing loss, the B's still sit atop the Atlantic Division (for now) with 14 points.
Boston is off until Wednesday when they will take on the Penguins in Pittsburgh in an ECF rematch from last season.