NEWARK Once again it wasnt beautiful hockey from the Bruins, but it was all about the results at the end of a challenging four-game road trip.
The Bruins potted four goals in the third period to finally finish up strong, and took a 4-1 decision from a spirited Devils bunch at Prudential Center to put a smiley face on the end of a challenging week. The three unanswered goals in 4:45 in the third period were headlined by a Nathan Horton redirect of a David Krejci pass for the power play game-winner. But it was a much more symbolic moment that kick-started the Bs on their third period kick. Zdeno Chara dumped Dainius Zubrus right in front of the benches in the opening seconds of the final stanza, and it seemed that the Bs had finally had enough sand kicked on them.
The game was tied up when Andrew Ference took a Shawn Thornton drop-back pass out of traffic and rocketed a bomb from the left point, off the post and into the net past Martin Brodeur. Then Gregory Campbell followed with another redirect of a Shawn Thornton pass to the front for the insurance marker in a thoroughly dominant final 20 minutes for Boston.
New Jersey had actually played an impressively disciplined first two periods while holding the Bs to 12 shots through the first 40 minutes, and were riding on the strength of a Petr Sykora score in the first period. But that was all washed away once the Bs finally woke up with the game on the line in Jersey.
The Patriots sent their 61st overall pick to the Saints on Friday night in exchange for the 78th and 112th overall picks.
That addresses a large gap the Patriots would have had after they selected at 96. Previously, the Patriots were going to wait 100 selections - until late in the fifth - before they were on the clock again.
Now they are in position to get a body in that stretch. Their picks are now 78, 91, 96, 112, 196, 204, 208, 214, 221, 243 and 250.
Barring more trades, the Patriots will end their night with four new players.
Kevin Millar, John Farrell and Sean McAdam talk about Dee Gordon’s 80-game suspension for PED violations.
The addition of Cyrus Jones means the Patriots now have a young corner with ball skills to add to their stable of capable corners.
Malcolm Butler, obviously, is their lead corner and – with him being a restricted free agent after this season – will be sticking around.
Logan Ryan was the starter on the other side with rookie Justin Coleman showing some ability late in the season after coming into the league undrafted.
Jones is a shorter corner – 5-10 – so he may have some slot corner relevance. He’s also a very good punt returner, taking back four for touchdowns last year. The Patriots have been relying for years on Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola to take back punts so Jones – once he’s up to speed with the return game and expectations in Foxboro – figures to be dropped into that capacity as well.
Daryl Roberts, a seventh-round pick from Marshall, is also on the roster as is E.J. Biggers, a former Eagle signed as a free agent.
With Jones, Ryan and Butler, the team has three corners with very good ball skills.