Boston Bruins destroy NJ Devils with six-goal barrage
BOSTON - Reuters
The Boston Bruins blew away the New Jersey Devils with a six-goal blitz on Jan. 5 to move within a point of top spot in the Eastern Conference. AFP photoThe Boston Bruins blew away the New Jersey Devils with a six-goal blitz on Jan. 5 to move within a point of top spot in the Eastern Conference.
After going a goal down early in the first period, the Bruins hit back with six unanswered strikes to rout the Devils 6-1 and get back to winning ways.
Boston (25-10-1), last season’s Stanley Cup champions, had a seven-games win streak snapped on Saturday but Wednesday’s win closed the gap on the East-leading New York Rangers.
New Jersey took a 1-0 lead on David Clarkson’s goal early in the first but that was the highlight of the Devils’ night.
Gregory Campbell tied the score at 8:15 in the first period before Nathan Horton put the Bruins ahead five minutes later.
Patrice Bergeron made it 3-1 in the second after blocking
a shot and taking the puck himself for a goal.
“You want to defend when someone is in a shooting zone, but to turn it into a goal and make them pay is a big turnaround,” Bergeron told reporters.
He also added a snap shot early in the third to make it 4-1.
“I want to be in those situations. It’s something really important.”
David Krejci and Shawn Thornton also converted in the third to cap the devastating scoring burst.
Boston netminder Tim Thomas made 30 saves while Martin Brodeur conceded all six Bruins goals.
“They really dictated the game,” Brodeur said. “It didn’t look like we had any answer for them.”