The Bruins won a back and forth game last night at the Garden, taking care of business at home against New Jersey. Krug, Carlo, and Spooner made up the three Boston goals, and Devante Smith-Pelley and Kyle Palmieri had the two for the Devils.
The Bruins outshot New Jersey 40-17 and controlled the pace of play throughout the game. Our newest addition Drew Stafford picked up an assist and it looked like he had a goal until the zebras waved it off for goaltender interference. Stafford’s line was very active all game, and he made Don Sweeney look like a genius last night. Big impact.
Krug’s goal came eight minutes into the first on a laser from the top of the right circle. Pastrnak kept the puck alive in front of the net on a good power play possession, and poked the puck to Krug, who wound up a slap shot and fired it into the top right corner. The puck rang both posts and went in.
New Jersey tied the game up at 11:48 into the second period after killing a Bruins power play, when Devante Smith-Pelley moved the puck past Krug and produced a breakaway, where he went forehand-backhand and through Khudobin’s five hole.
The Bruins went back up 2-1 on a lucky bounce off a New Jersey defenseman. Brandon Carlo took a quick backhanded shot skating down on Cory Schneider’s right side, and the puck found its way into the net.
Five minutes into the third, Brandon Carlo took a weak shot from the blue line and Taylor Hall blocked it, redirected it out of the zone, caught up to it, skated down ice with it producing a 2 on 1 opportunity. He slid the puck under Chara to Kyle Palmieri, and Palmieri put it away, tying the game at 2.
The winning goal came with 11:42 left in the third on a play that started with a steal in the offensive zone by Frank Vatrano. He found Drew Stafford at the left circle, who sold the shot to the entire Devils’ defense, and then found Ryan Spooner wide open at the right post for an easy put-in.
Bergeron picked up 2 assists in this game, and the Bruins improved to 8-2 under Bruce Cassidy to continue their roll into the playoffs.