Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils
Goals: Petr Sykora (New Jersey), Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Gregory Campbell, Chris Kelly (Boston)
Goalies: Tim Thomas (30/31, .968%), Martin Brodeur (21/24, .875%)
Tonight marked some milestones: the return of both Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley, Johnny Boychuk‘s 28th birthday and Patrice Bergeron‘s 500th NHL game. All are happy occasions.
Also our final score contributed to a peculiar phenomenon: six games played tonight all ended with a 4-1 tally. Whoa. Spooky.
Nathan Horton also continued his post-callout scoring streak.
We played a pretty bad first and second period, the kind of hockey that frustrates Bruins fans all over the world and makes us lament and do other such things. Maybe finally being back at the Garden on Saturday and with the full team back in business will juice them up a little bit.
Maybe it’s just something generally lifeforce-draining about New Jersey, but this game was kind of boring until we decided we’d like to get two points from this encounter. I don’t see how the commentators thought it was exciting. So many icing calls! A power play even more dreadful than ours! An arena so quiet you could get your homework done! Good lord. I hope our next meeting with the Devils is not soon.
vs. New York Rangers
Right, so…the first-place superstars, Winter Classic darlings and argued stars of a narrative of “Rangers Inevitability” the league is pushing (goaded on by the team owner saying his team was pretty close to getting Lord Stanley) come to Boston for a matinee game against the defending champs and second in the East. This…could be very interesting.