Jagr, Rask lead Bruins to 1-0 win over Devils

Jagr, Rask lead Bruins to 1-0 win over Devils
April 4, 2013, 9:45 pm
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BOSTON -- For the second-straight game, the Bruins allowed 40 shots on goal, and for the second-straight game while allowing 40 points, the Bruins picked up a win, defeating the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Thursday night at the TD Garden.

Tuukka Rask made all 40 saves for his third shutout of the season.

Rask made 28 saves through two periods, and the Bruins took a 1-0 lead into the third, thanks to Jaromir Jagr's first goal as a Bruin in his first game as a Bruin.

Jagr "unintentionally" re-directed a Brad Marchand pass from the left corner past Martin Brodeur, 1:20 into the second period. Marchand skated down the left wall in the Devils' zone, and put a pass out front to Jagr. The puck hit off the outside of Jagr's left skate as he was pushing a Devils defenseman out of the way. It hit off his skate and went in. Since there was no kicking motion, there wasn't enough evidence to prove an intentional re-direct, so it was ruled a goal.

With Rask's impressive performance, one goal would be all the Bruins needed.

TALKING POINTS, from CSNNE Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty

GOLD STAR: Jaromir Jagr had a team-high five shots on net, played 19:12 and scored the game’s only goal, and yet was still apologizing after it was all over for being so tired on the ice. He said he only slept a couple of hours last night due to the stress of changing NHL cities, and would be much better in the future. Methinks the Bruins will take the guy they got on Thursday night, who looked like a natural playmaker on the power play and seemed to gel more with the speedy Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin as the game moved along. It was only one night, but Jagr looked like a player that’s going to fit in well with what the Bruins are looking to do.

BLACK EYE: Anton Volchenkov played only 12:14 of ice time and really didn’t register as much of a factor aside from being on his heels when the game-winning goal was scored on a Brad Marchand-to-Jaromir Jagr connection. His defensive partner Bryce Salvador had a rough night as well and had to leave the ice briefly after absorbing a Shawn Thornton hit in the corner. It’s somewhat ironic that the Bruins were complaining about their lack of defensive presence after the game, but are still 2-0 in those two contests.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins were able to withstand a 17-shot barrage in the first period thanks to Tuukka Rask, and hang in there until they were able to scratch for a goal in the second period. It clearly looked like some new players had been added to the mix through the choppy action in the first 20 minutes, but their goaltender bailed them out in a big way. The win eventually gave them their seventh one goal game in their last 10 tries and reveals a team that’s winning with a razor thin margin right now.

HONORABLE MENTION: Zdeno Chara assisted on the goal with a nice stretch pass after hustling back in the defensive zone to break up a play, and was very good in his 25:06 of ice time. With so many pieces changing defensively in front of him and the loss of Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron, Chara couldn’t afford to make any mistakes and he didn’t. Four hits and four blocked shots in addition to the helper, and he showed up in a big way with so many moving parts swirling around him. There are defensive breakdowns with their two best defensive centers out of the lineup right now, and Chara is the one that’s helping hold it all together.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2:00 – the amount of power play ice time for Jaromir Jagr on Boston’s one and only power play of the game. I really liked seeing that as his playmaking and creativity on the PP reminded everybody of a certain No. 91 that used to wear a Black and Gold sweater.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think that was the first time I scored with my leg. When I was 25, I wouldn't like that goal. At 41, I'll take anything right now." –Jaromir Jagr after the game-winning goal went off the blade of his skate before going in the net for his 680th career goal.