(Photo credit: Sharon Bradley) Tuukka Rask has stopped all 17 shots he has seen from the New Jersey Devils as the Bruins and Devils are scoreless through 20.
The Jaromir Jagr era in Boston has officially begun, and for that matter so has the Kaspars Daugavins era. With the first period officially in the books the two teams enter the second the way the game started, scoreless.
The Bruins were a bit flat in the first period—shocked, I know—but thanks to some key big saves from Tuukka Rask the Devils have yet to find the back of the net.
Wade Redden who was traded to the Bruins from the Blues prior to yesterday’s National Hockey League trading deadline could not get in town in time for the evenings game and is officially listed as a healthy scratch.
Here are three notes from the first period.
Double shifts for Jagr, sort of.
During the first period of play here in Boston, Jagr was taking shits to the right of Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin, but for the first few shifts Jagr would stay on the ice when line-mates Seguin and Marchand went to the bench. It seems like Bruins bench boss Claude Julien is cutting down third line winger and also newly acquired forward Kaspars Daugavins minutes. Jagr saw 5:58 of ice time and Daugavins saw 2:42 of ice time in the opening 20 minutes.
Boring period for both teams
Just two nights after the Bruins allowed 19 first period shots while putting 22 shots of their own on Senators goalie Robin Lehner, the two teams combined for just 23 shots in the opening stanza, 17 of those shots were from the sticks of the Devils, but all were stopped by Tuukka Rask.
Devils playing desperate hockey
You can clearly see a desperate hockey team wearing white on the Garden ice tonight as the Devils enter tonight as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Devils are tied with the New York Rangers and New York Islanders as all three have 39 points on the season. The Devils know that in the final month of a shortened season points are certainly at a premium. The Bruins did a good job weathering the storm in the first period, but the Black and Gold will need to pick up their play in the second.
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