Dave Lewis keeps telling the media that games on hand only matter if you win them, well the Bruins won one of them last night. Two huge wins two nights in a row! This time against the Atlantic division leading New Jersey Devils. Not only was this a win, but it was a beating. Our guys were tired from the Montreal game and Tim Thomas didn't even play. That's right, Joey Macdonald got his first start as a Bruin, and he was solid. Even more solid than Macdonald though, was the Bruins defense, who for the second straight night, shut down the opposing offense. They allowed only 6 shots in the first period. (Ward and Chara are playing great together)
Speaking of the defense playing well, Aaron Ward scored the Bruins first goal on a drive from far away, and the Bruins were up 1-0 after one. In the second period, the Devils were on the power play when, 19 seconds into the period, Marco Sturm got the puck and had a breakaway down the ice. Sturm scored on Brodeur, and the Bruins had a 2-0 lead.
In the third period, New Jersey scored 6 minutes in. They scored by just crashing the net. When Gianta's shot was saved by Macdonald, Rupp managed to put the rebound in and New Jersey cut the Bruins lead in half. Then a few minutes later, the young line (Bochenski, Kessel, Chistov) came through again when Bochenski's shot went in, giving the Bruins a two goal lead. Axelsson clinched the game with an empty net goal and the Bruins defeated the Devils 4-1.
The Bruins are now in eleventh place, and in case anyone is wondering, Bruins Nation is rooting for the Islanders over the Rangers tonight.