After the New Jersey Devils dropped five straight games at home, they will travel to Boston to take on the Bruins. Lindy Ruff‘s adjustments to the line-up include sitting Nikita Gusev and Will Butcher. Ryan Murray will be brought back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch for five games. Michael McLeod will also return to the lineup after being scratched for one game. Also, the Devils will undergo major line changes. The Devils’ first line will feature Yegor Sharangovich, Travis Zajac, and Janne Kuokkanen. Zajac will add much-needed defense against the Bruin’s powerful top line. Scott Wedgewood will go against Tuukka Rask in the goaltending matchup. The Devils shutout Boston to earn the win!
The pace of the first period featured controlled and quiet play. Both teams registered a couple of harmless shots that were swept aside by both goaltenders. 7:19 into the first period, the Devils powerplay would get a chance after Urho Vaakanainen would take a high-sticking penalty. Unfortunately, the powerplay would only register two shots against the league’s best penalty kill. Wedgewood made a few quality saves against the Bruins and stopped all 12 thrown at him. Boston committed another penalty but were able to shut down the struggling Devils powerplay again. Fortunately, the Devils defense had a better outing than previous games and managed to not allow a goal. New Jersey registered 10 shots on goal that Rask was able to stop relatively easily.
The start of the second period showed sloppier play than the first period. The Devils were able to register more quality chances on net. Missed chances by Kyle Palmieri and Pavel Zacha kept the Devils off of the board in the period. New Jersey held the Bruins to ten shots on the period and registered shots on Rask. Jake Debrusk visited the penalty box after a high-sticking penalty, but the Bruins would easily fight the penalty off. In the final minutes of the period, the Devils would start to get more quality chances, but none past Rask. New Jersey finished the period with nine shots on goal. The game would head into the third tied at zero.
The Devils came out with a fast pace and a few quality chances to start the period. The Bruins would answer the pressure with their own but would not put any behind Wedgewood. Dmitry Kulikov would take a hooking penalty against Brad Marchand and the worst penalty kill in the league would go to work. New Jersey’s penalty kill would impressively kill off the penalty and even register shorthanded chances. Next Mikhail Maltsev would take a hooking penalty and the penalty kill would show another strong kill. Wedgewood was able to make impressive back-to-back saves to keep the game even. With five minutes remaining in the period, Kyle Palmieri was able to bury a rebound and give the Devils a 1-0 lead. The Devils would close out the game and earn the shutout!
The Devils were able to play a significantly more organized game in Boston. New Jersey’s defense looked more structured and strong. The penalty kill was a massive key to New Jersey’s victory and looked tremendously better. Scott Wedgewood was able to make big saves and get to rebounds to secure the shutout for New Jersey. The Devils would play a strong team game to take the win over Boston for the third time this season. The Devils shutout Boston! Next up will be Washington on Tuesday!