TD Bank
Bish's Blog

B's Come Close to Redemption vs. Devils

New Jersey scored with 1:26 remaining to drop Bruins.

Friday, 10.30.2009 / 9:50 AM ET / Bish's Blog
By Dyan LeBourdais  - Intern | BostonBruins.com
X
Share with your Friends


B\'s Come Close to Redemption vs. Devils
Boston, MA -- The Bruins played their game for (nearly) a full sixty minutes on Thursday night, but had trouble overtaking the Devil defense to net more than one goal. As a result, New Jersey came out on top scoring with just 1:26 remaining to make the final tally 2-1, NJD.

“It’s a tough way to lose any game," said Boston goalie Tim Thomas. "I mean, any game’s a tough loss.”

A tough loss indeed…

“New Jersey is sometimes content to shoot for the rebound and just try to get shots through,” said Thomas of the pair of Devil goals. “Where as other teams will be more patient and wait for the perfect shot.

"So we did a pretty good job of letting me see it overall...but New Jersey [are] masters at keeping the score down."

However, the Bruins aren’t so bad at limiting chances, either and the B’s had a solid defensive effort, particularly on the penalty kill coming late in the second period.

“At the time it was [important]," said Thomas. "We obviously want to take as few penalties as we can and we did a good job of that.

"And when we got one, it was a 1-1 game at that point, and it’s a big kill at the time.

"Our PK came up big, which you’d hope would carry over the momentum so you can get the win,” he said.

But the Devils were able to net two even strength goals, with the second coming with just over a minute left on the clock.

“[The first] one was a two-on-one, the guy that was the shooter [David Clarkson] came in and shot from like three feet away. A riser,” Thomas explained. “And then the second one was a shot by [Jamie] Langenbrunner that was kind of bouncing that [Zach] Parise wacked at. It was bouncing all over the place.”

So in the end, the bounces just didn’t go the Bruins way on Thursday.

“Both goals were loose pucks that we right behind [Thomas] that we weren’t able to clear, and Timmy wasn’t able to freeze,” said B's head coach Claude Julien. “Those were the two goals that they got.

“They didn’t have a ton of chances and we didn’t either.

“It was hard fought. When you are heavy on the puck and you’re playing strong hockey, you’re not going to give the other team much of a chance,” Julien continued. “I thought that both teams played that way tonight.”

The Bruins came within a crossbar of tying it up, late, when defenseman Zdeno Chara, acting as a power forward, tipped a shot off the crossbar.

“We hit the post at the end looking to get back into the game,” said Julien.  “So, I think I have to take the positive out of that game and work with that.

“It was what I call a ‘heavy’ game, meaning that both teams were strong on the puck and it was a hard fought battle from start to finish.

“It was really just one of those things. It is unfortunate, had the bounce gone our way it would have been a great win for us,” he said.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 75 21 32 2 53
L. Eriksson 75 19 24 1 43
M. Lucic 75 17 25 14 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
C. Soderberg 76 12 29 10 41
B. Marchand 71 22 17 5 39
R. Smith 75 13 25 9 38
T. Krug 72 12 25 13 37
D. Krejci 41 7 21 6 28
C. Kelly 74 7 20 7 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 31 19 12 .923 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
Hallmark Health System
BRUINS FAN POLL
 
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
Jack Links
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts Perks   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings