Bruins come back to beat Devils, 4-1


Bruins come back to beat Devils, 4-1

By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Bruins scored just their second goal in their previous 34 power plays on Tuesday night, but Zdeno Charas second-period one-timer on the man advantage was enough to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead, and led the way to an eventual 4-1 win over Martin Brodeur and the hungry New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden."We want to go into the playoffs on the way up, not on the way down," said Shawn Thornton, who led off the scoring for Boston with his ninth goal of the season in the first. "We have 10 games left, so we want to start being consistent and getting ready so we can go in on a bit of a roll, I guess."

Milan Lucic found Chara with a nice, hard pass through the slot on the 5-on-4 power play, and the Bruins captain put it top-left just over eight minutes into the second.

Lucic then added his 30th goal of the season with 3:47 left to play in the third, sealing the deal on a hard-fought, come-from-behind win that saw New Jersey outplay Boston badly through the first 20 minutes.

Mark Recchi added the fourth and final goal on an empty netter with 39.6 seconds left in the game.

The Bruins brought it in the second period, a whole lot more than they did in the first. At one point in the first period, the Devils had outshot the Bs 16-2, and took a 1-0 lead on an Ilya Kovulchuk one-timer from the left circle on the power-play just over 11 minutes into the game. But Tim Thomas brought his A-game on Tuesday, and came up big on several occasions early on, finishing the game with 30 saves.

Bostons third shot of the period wasnt a good one, but Dennis Seidenbergs high wrister from the right point, with 4:21 left, re-directed off Shawn Thorntons twig and into the top-left corner of the net, to tie the game at 1-1 after one period.
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Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.