By Joe Haggerty
NEWARK Nobody got hurt and nothing embarrassing took place on the ice. Thats about all the Bruins were hoping for in Sunday's final game of the NHL regular season against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center after learning Saturday night that they were locked in as the No. 3 seed and would face the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
So the Bruins showed up and treated Sunday as a tuneup, losing to the Devils 3-2.
The Bruins left the first period tied at a 1-1 score after Rich Peverley managed to knock home a Michael Ryder rebound midway through the proceedings, but that was it for the Black and Gold in a game played before a large contingent of Nordiques fans visiting from Quebec. The Devils outshot the Bs 10-1 in the second period, and then finally broke through a leaky Bs defense with goals from youngsters Vladimir Zharkov and Alexander Urbom in the third period. Johan Hedberg finished with 21 saves in the New Jersey victory, and gave the Devils a much better finish than beginning to this years season.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.
-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.
-- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.