The Bruins Defeat The Devil
The Boston Bruins inch closer to a playoff berth for the first time in 2 years with the win over New Jersey.
Boston started off hot yet again, and had a handful of good scoring chances and were unable to convert on any of them. The first period ended scoreless.
Torey Krug and the B’s came out hot in the second scoring just seven minutes in. A few minutes later it seemed that the new guy Drew Stafford had scored his first goal in a Bruins Uniform. There was a battle in front and Stafford was able to put the puck in, then New Jersey called for a replay and claimed Goalie interference. The call went the Devils way and the goal was taken away. This is the 5 review that has gone the opposite way for the Black and Gold. This seemed to knock the Bruins back a bit as this led to a Devante Smith-Pelly goal. Smith-Pelly. The breakaway was the inability of Krug to keep a clearing chance from Steven Santini in the zone allowing Smith-Pelly to go on the breakaway. His goal tied the game at 1. Brandon Carlo decided to answer the Devils goal with one of his own. Carlo was able to pick up a missed pass from Patrice Bergeron, and make a good shot to get passed Corey Schneider for the goal. This ended the scoring in the second.
Kyle Palmieri started the scoring in the third to tie the game yet again. Boston was able to answer quickly with a Ryan Spooner goal. Spooner was set up nicely by a Stafford pass, who was able to find Spooner on the far post and Spoon’s put it in the open net as Schneider was not able to get over in time.
“I was kind of surprised when I got it. I was like, ‘Wow’ … I mean I just didn’t want to miss,” Spooner said. “I got robbed this year by I think it was [Roberto] Luongo (Florida Panthers) and then last year in the Winter Classic with kind of the same play. So it’s good I scored this one also.” –NHL.com
This was a big win for the Bruins as it keeps them in third place in the Atlantic with only about 20 games left in the regular season. Other teams around them still have games in hand so it is going to be close. Boston faces-off against the Ottawa Senators Monday in Ottawa. This is a must win game as the Senators are ahead of the B’s in the standings. If the Bruins beat Ottawa the team will be tied for second, but the Senators will still have a game in hand.