BOSTON—Thursday’s Bruins-Devils game had many interesting subplots to it. For one, the Devils and veteran netminder Martin Brodeur came to town, while Tuukka Rask, still relatively new to the role of starting goaltender played host. Boston was the victor in the previous meeting between the two clubs back on January 29th, snagging a 2-1 victory, in front of the Garden faithful. Now, déjà vu reared its head again as new Bruin Jaromir Jagr made his debut in the Black and Gold sweater.
The first period yielded no goals; however that does not mean that the action on the ice was dull. Particularly for Rask, it was the polar opposite of dull as he stopped 17 Devils shots to the Bruins’ six. It was not until the second period that things really began to get going. Jaromir Jagr put home the game’s only tally, his 15th of the season courtesy of Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara. Jagr dished it to Marchand on the rush and Marchand, skating in from the left side, passed to Jagr, who found some room in open ice. The goal came 1:20 into the frame and gave Boston a 1-0 advantage. The score would stay the same when the buzzer rang to end the period, and Boston also led in the shot department 13-11.
The third period also yielded no tallies, and once again, Rask played a key role in securing a Black and Gold victory. New Jersey outshot Boston 12-7, but he was up to the task, turning them all away. The final buzzer sounded and that would be all, in what was a battle of the ‘tenders. Rask received the win, stopping 40 total shots and improving to 16-5-4 on the season. In addition, he recorded this third shutout in this marathon year. The other two came on March 9 (against the Flyers) and February 2 (against the always-tough Toronto Maple Leafs). Meanwhile Brodeur took the loss, dropping to 10-4-6 on the year.
Boston’s next game will be against the rival Montreal Canadiens tomorrow at 7PM. New Jersey will play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow night at 7PM as well. In a game which was highlighted by Jagr’s solid debut and the outstanding play of Rask, the Bruins had a lot to be proud of.