Soon after a reduction to the Devils close to the finish of December, the Bruins seemed like they lacked id. That reduction adopted a listless energy in Carolina prior to the holiday getaway break. At that position in the year, there have been more concerns than answers.
It’s tricky to pinpoint just one precise wakeup call this year, but immediately after slipping to the Devils, the B’s plowed previous Buffalo in time beyond regulation and received a Winter season Common that at the time was their ideal energy of the campaign.
On Saturday from the Devils at the Backyard, the Bruins fielded a unique staff with a unique mindset and received, 1-, to increase their details streak to 16 games (12–4).
“We gave up quite little,” Bruins mentor Bruce Cassidy claimed. “They played a limited video game, they’ve got a whole lot of youthful guys making an attempt to keep in the NHL, and just one way to do it is to play very good protection. … They did not give us much. When they did, their goaltending was there, and it finishes up being a more defensive-minded video game on both equally sides.”
Brad Marchand scored the only purpose, and Tuukka Rask produced 20 will save for the B’s, who did not get rid of in regulation in February and started March on the proper be aware.
They’ve experienced to acquire in many unique means all through the streak, from a 6-5 time beyond regulation shootout in San Jose to blowout wins from the Ducks and Kings to Saturday’s just one-purpose affair. It’s a further feather in the cap of a staff that has uncovered to acquire in any scenario.
“We did not feel to have the identical pop we did this week,” Cassidy claimed. “We talked about that, emotionally we may well be not as invested, but ample to acquire. It’s much too really hard to acquire in this league to be picky.”
It took just 14 seconds on their to start with power play for the Bruins to soar in advance. Marchand took a no-glimpse feed from Patrice Bergeron and fired it previous Mackenzie Blackwood (29 will save) with 17:23 remaining in the to start with frame.
Marchand experienced a opportunity to increase the lead on a penalty shot with 12:44 to go in the opening period. He was hauled down by Damon Severson, who experienced turned the puck more than at his offensive blueline. Marchand couldn’t get it to go 5-hole on Blackwood, dropping to 4-of-7 in his career in penalty photographs.
Soon after a stagnant second period, Rask was challenged a bit more in the third, but overall the Bruins managed the speed of the video game.
The Bruins took just two penalties and the Devils just one, but it was high priced as it resulted in the purpose.
Peter Cehlarik, back again up on a further AHL remember, started the video game on the third line with Charlie Coyle and David Backes, but by the third period, Marchand, former Devils ahead Marcus Johansson and Danton Heinen have been slotting in on the remaining facet of that line.
“There have been a several things we did not like,” Cassidy claimed of Cehlarik’s video game.
For the third straight video game, the Bruins kept an opponent’s shot complete very low, even when they have been chasing the B’s in the rating. The Devils experienced just 14 photographs getting into the third period and concluded with 20, immediately after the Bruins held the Sharks to 20 and the Lightning to 21 in their former two contests.
The acquire also extended Rask’s own details streak to 17 games, and it was his third shutout in that stretch. It’s the B’s second 1- acquire immediately after pulling it off in Washington at the start off of February.
“Of class there’s stuff we’d like to be superior,” Cassidy claimed. “But at the finish of the working day, it is two details.”