The Bruins earned the 2 factors they needed of their season-opener in opposition to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night time.
Perfection should wait.
The B’s misplaced two one-goal leads within the third interval, however Brad Marchand scored the one aim within the shootout to raise the B’s to a 3-2 victory.
Tuukka Rask not solely was excellent within the shootout, he additionally stopped two breakaways in additional time, one on Kyle Palmieri after which a last-second probability to Jack Hughes.
The Bruins opened the scoring with a power-play aim late in a primary interval that they dominated. The B’s outshot the Devils, 16-4, and the one cause Jersey was nonetheless within the recreation was the sumptuous work from goalie Mackenzie Blackwood.
In a improvement that bears watching in mild of Zdeno Chara’s absence, Miles Wooden bumped into Rask — the second time within the first interval the goalie was hit exhausting — and the B’s went on their second man benefit. It appeared the Devils have been about to clear the zone when Palmieri carried the puck close to the blue line however David Krejci poked it off his stick. Krejci continued on with out the puck and Patrice Bergeron made a fast cross to him on the appropriate wing. Krejci took it down low and fed it throughout the crease for Marchand and the B’s first aim of the season.
Whereas the B’s managed play, the pictures the Devils did get on Rask have been high-quality possibilities.
The B’s had some extra good possibilities within the scoreless second interval however they couldn’t put Jersey away and the Devils began to assert a few of the ice.
With the ultimate seconds ticking off the clock within the second, Pavel Zacha broke free for a partial breakaway. Charlie McAvoy made a diving play to sluggish his momentum, however Zacha made a powerful play to keep up possession. He bought off a harmful backhander, however Rask made a terrific left-pad save with 4 seconds left within the interval to ship the B’s into the third with their slim one-goal lead.
They may not defend it for one more 20 minutes. The B’s had an opportunity to increase the lead when the Devils took a holding penalty on a B’s fourth-line odd-man rush. However the B’s couldn’t money in and, after Jersey bought again to full power, they evened it up. Struggling to maintain the puck in on the offensive blue line, Sean Kuraly coughed it up and Wooden took off on a breakaway. With Jeremy Lauzon in pursuit, Wooden picked the spot over Rask’s blocker and tied it up.
However the B’s solid forward once more, and once more on the ability play. After a second Wooden goalie interference penalty nullified a Krejci stick foul, the B’s finally went on the person benefit and Nick Ritchie scored on a net-front play at 13:12.
However simply 34 seconds later, the Devils tied it up when a puck ping-ponged off a number of gamers, the final of whom was Ty Smith and it bounced previous Rask.