The New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins meet for the final time in the 2020-2021 season. Boston punched their ticket to the 2021 playoffs after their 3-0 defeat in New Jersey the night before. The Devils will be playing their final home game of the season and will close out the season with three away games. After Scott Wedgewood‘s 38 save effort, Mackenzie Blackwood will be in the net on the second night of the back-to-back. Ty Smith will be out of the line-up after re-aggravating a healing injury. Matt Tennyson and Marian Studenic will check into the line-up as Studenic replaces A.J. Greer. The Boston netminder will be Jaroslav Halak.
The beginning of the game showed a greater offensive effort by the Devils. They would equal their total first-period shots from yesterday’s game just five minutes into the period. Matt Grzelcyk would get an interference penalty on Miles Wood and the Devils would head to the powerplay. Besides a shot that hit the post by Wood, the powerplay would not get many quality chances. However, they would get another chance 30 seconds after their first chance. Connor Clifton would be caught slashing Yegor Sharangovich. Sharangovich would draw another penalty and the Devils would get a 3-second 5 on 3. Nico Hischier would win a draw that Jack Hughes would pass to Pavel Zacha to snipe past Halak in four seconds, canceling the Devils’ next powerplay. New Jersey would head to the penalty kill after a hooking call on Nathan Bastian. The penalty kill would be able to kill it off. Boston would lead in shots 15 to 9 by the end of the period.
Just three minutes into the second, Nicholas Merkley would take a hooking penalty against Brandon Carlo. New Jersey’s powerplay would fail their kill and Patrice Bergeron would tie the game on the powerplay. Around four minutes later, David Pastrnak would take a hooking penalty and the Devils would get their fourth powerplay of the game. Taylor Hall had a puck hit off of his back and into the net to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Lindy Ruff would challenge the play and the refs would take a very long look, but the goal would stand. Boston would lead in shots 27 to 13 after the second period.
New Jersey applied pressure right out of the gate in the third period. After a lot of offensive pressure, the Devils would finally tie it up after Jesper Boqvist would bury a rebound. Damon Severson and Studenic would be credited with the assists. However, Sean Kuraly would deflect the puck into the net off of his skate The Bruins would lead 3 to 2 with eight minutes left in the game. Except, Sharangovich would take receive the pass from Severson and snipe one past Halak to tie the game. Kevin Bahl would get his second NHL point on the Sharangovich goal. The Bruins would end regulation leading in shots 36 to 19.
The overtime was controlled by New Jersey. They recorded 2 shots on goal and the Bruins had none in overtime. Around two minutes into the extra period, the Devils would bring on an extra skater due to a delayed penalty. After great puck movement, Zacha would head to the net and roof it past Halak to win the game. The final shots on goal would be 36 for Boston and 21 for New Jersey.
After eight match-ups the Devils went 5-1-2 against the Boston Bruins during the season. The Devils were able to rebound well from a lackluster game against Boston the night before. They would double their first-period shots and breakthrough on a Bruins goalie. However, New Jersey would slow down heavily on offense in the second and allow the Bruins to pile on the shots. The Devils would fight back twice in the third to tie the game. The young squad would never give up and earn the victory in their last home game. Now there are only three remaining games on the Devils’ schedule. Next up is the Islanders on Thursday.