Before this game, the Devils were on a three-game winning streak. The Devils had a dominant win against the Philadelphia Flyers with a 4-1 win. The Devils were in control for most of the game applying pressure in the Flyers end almost all game long. The visitors, the Boston Bruins, are looking to clinch a playoff spot. If the Bruins earn a point or Rangers loss the Bruins are in. The Devils look to be spoilers in the second to last game at home this season.
It was a mediocre opening period for the Devils. The Bruins pined the Devils in their end the entire period as the Bruins outshot the Devils 17-4. Allowing seventeen shots in one period is way too many. The Devils barely had a chance to score in that period as the Bruins defense made it really tough to gain momentum. The Bruins also had too much time with the puck which prevented the Devils from starting outnumbered rushes. Thanks to Scott Wedgewood the Devils starting goaltender was able to keep the Bruins off the scoreboard and kept the game scoreless after the first period.
The second period was even worse for the Devils. The team continued to struggle to find energy and momentum in the Boston end of the rink. The Bruins eventually capitalized with a goal from Nick Ritchie. This was a great passing play by the Bruins as they set Nick Ritchie for a one-time shot past Scott Wedgewood. The Bruins took a 1-0 lead. Then later in the period, the Bruins scored again with a beautiful pass from Brad Marchand behind the Devils net to find wide-open Patrice Bergeron. The Devils can not allow Bergeron to get that wide open in front of the net. The period ended with the Bruins leading the Devils 2-0. The Devils, through both the first and second period, felt lifeless.
The Devils were looking for a spark to tie the game at 2. Nothing changed in the final period as Boston never stopped having a strong game from when the puck dropped. The Devils searched all game to get a significant scoring chance. It felt like the Bruins defense blocked every shot attempt by the Devil shooters. Tuukka Rask was brilliant in net as he completed a shut-out against the Devils. This may have been the easiest shut-out for Rask in his career. Boston scored a late third goal to put the game away. The final score was 3-0. The Devils and Bruins face off each other again tomorrow night at Prudential Center. Congratulations to the Boston Bruins for clinching a playoff spot tonight. There are only four games left for the Devils as they look to end the season strong.