Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bruins beat Devils in shootout, remain undefeated at home

Bruins celebrate Nathan Horton's goal
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 29: The Boston Bruins celebrate a goal against the New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden on January 29, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
It was a tight back and forth game with both teams getting the better of the play at times. There were also some bad penalty calls against the Bruins. Despite having their penalty killing streak stopped, the Bruins managed to tie the game in the third period and send it to overtime and then a shootout where they won it and remain undefeated at home.

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened but there was a good bout between Bruins Shawn Thornton and Devils Krys Barch. These two guys have fought each other many times over their NHL careers.

In the second period, Devils David Clarkson scored a power-play goal to make it 1-0 Devils, ending the Bruins penalty killing streak.

In the third period, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 3rd goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.

In overtime, no one scored.

In the shootout, Tyler Seguin scored for the Bruins but it was disallowed as a moron in the crowd threw something on the ice which slid behind goalie Johan Hedberg. Seguin would have to re-try and he scored again.

Ref picks up hot dog that was thrown onto the ice during shootout
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 29: A referee picks up a hot dog off of the ice that was thrown from the stands during the first shootout attempt by Tyler Seguin of the Boston Bruins against the New Jersey Devils during the game on January 29, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Due to the thrown object, a second attempt was issued to Seguin. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Ilya Kovalchuk scored next for the Devils; Bruins Patrice Bergeron did not score; Devils Patrik Elias did not score; Bruins Nathan Horton did not score; Devils Travis Zajac did not score; Bruins David Krejci did not score; Devils David Clarkson did not score; Bruins Chris Bourque did not score; Devils Jacob Josefson did not score; Bruins Brad Marchand scored; and Devils Marek Zidlicky did not score.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 25 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 4-0-1 with a 1.74 GAA and a .932 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 28-26, faceoff wins 37-23 and hits 33-23. The Devils led the game in blocked shots 19-14.

The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Devils went 1-for-5.

Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley led the Bruins with 4 shots apiece. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots. Andrew Ference led the Bruins with 6 hits.

Player notes
Defenseman Adam McQuaid did not play and Aaron Johnson was in the lineup again.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 5-0-1 with 11 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday, as they host the Buffalo Sabres in Boston at 7pm ET. It should definitely be an interesting game to say the least. In the Leafs-Sabres game tonight, cheapshot artist Patrick Kaleta was hit from behind and left the game with neck soreness/stiffness. He may be questionable for Thursday's game. Karma.

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