Here is my recap of the Devils 1-0 OT loss to Boston on Tuesday night:
Devils Lose 1-0 in OT to Bruins
Boston 1 Devils 0 — overtime
The New Jersey Devils lost their second 1-0 game in the last ten days, this time to the point-starved Boston Bruins on Tuesday night at Prudential Center. Patrice Bergeron scored his 18th goal of the season with 18.3 seconds left in overtime as his Bruins stayed in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Devils (who also lost 1-0 to the Blues at the Rock on March 20) sputtered on offense all night long with only 21 shots; as they rarely completed more than one pass in a row and didn’t particularly test Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who only needed 21 saves for his 19th win.
On the winning play Martin Brodeur stopped Mark Recchi’s deflection of a point shot, but the rebound went right to Bergeron who scored rather easily as Devils defenseman Paul Martin tried to defend him without a stick. “I don’t know how I lost my stick,” Martin rued after the loss that leaves New Jersey one point behind Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Division with six games left for each squad.
The Devils have now lost three of their last four games and will need to start playing consistently better if they want to do some damage come playoff time. “We’re not playing at the level we need to be at,” said captain Jamie Langenbrunner.
The Bruins win was a big one because both teams behind them in the standings (Atlanta and NY Rangers) both won — and it gives Boston 82 points, tying them with Montreal (6th) and Philadelphia (7th) in the East. “Teams that are chasing us also won,” said B’s coach Claude Julien. “Every game has to be about desperation.”
Game Notes: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara led all skaters in ice-time with 28:17 and Mike Mottau led the Devils with 26:27; both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play. Bergeron and Chara led all players with five shots on goal each, while Langenbrunner and David Clarkson led New Jersey with three apiece. New Jersey (44-24-6) is off until Friday when they host Chicago (46-21-7) and Boston (35-29-12) returns home to play Florida (30-33-12) on Thursday.
Dan’s Three Stars of the Game:
#1 – Patrice Bergeron (Bos) – gw goal (18)
#2 – Tuukka Rask (Bos) – 21 saves, win (19-11-4), shutout (5)
#3 – Martin Brodeur (NJ) – 33 saves, loss (41-24-5)
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