After 40: Bruins-1 Devils-0
The Bruins have a new team leader in goals thanks to his 15th goal of the season and the new team leader is none other than Jaromir Jagr. A Brad Marchand pass deflected of Jagr’s skate and through the five-hole of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur which accounted for the only goal between the two teams thus far.
Jagr built upon a solid first period with an even better second period. The Bruins bounced back from a shaky start and have been all over Brodeur and the Devils with 13 shots on net in the second period.
With a hungry Bruins team, and a desperate Devils squad, this one sure looks like we are headed for a fun third period of hockey in Boston.
Here are three notes from the second period.
Jagr plays the point on the power play
The Bruins got one power play in the second stanza and Jagr played the full two minutes on the point. Jagr did find himself behind the net with the puck a few times where he set-up some prime scoring chances with nifty passes to the front of the Bruins net. Jagr has looked very solid through 40 minutes and is showing no signs of a 41 year old hockey player.
Krejci motivated by Jagr?
Although he has not found the score sheet yet tonight, David Krejci has played two of his best periods of hockey tonight. Krejci admitted to having posters of his country-mate Jagr hanging in his room as a child and it seems that being teammates with the future Hall-of-Famer has motivated Krejci. No. 46 has been very engaged in the game tonight as he has thrown his body around, broke-up some big plays with timely back-checking and quite frankly has been an absolute force for the Bruins throughout the evening.
Tuukka Rask coming up big
A few weeks ago Bruins head coach Claude Julien sort of called out his goalies saying that the team wasn’t getting those big stops they needed, well tonight, so far, Rask has made all those big stops, and there sure has been quite a few. After 17 saves in the first period, Rask has stopped all 11 Devils shots he has seen in the second period. Rask was beaten by David Clarkson midway through the second, but thankfully for Rask and the Bruins, the crossbar was there to bail Rask out.