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Devils strike quickly on power play to stun Bruins

Oct 26, 2013, 10:06 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins have experienced this before, although what transpired Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils doesn’t even compare to last June.

With a one-goal lead and less than two minutes remaining in the third period, the Bruins gave up two power play goals against to the Devils within a span of 23 seconds to lose 4-3.

The Bruins had actually jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period, and looked like they could go into cruise control against the struggling Devils, who recorded just their second victory of the season.

Not the case. New Jersey got power play goals from Adam Henrique in the first period, Damien Brunner in the second, and Marek Zidlicky and Andy Greene in the third.

Squandering this latest one-goal lead in the waning minutes was still stunning, but nowhere close to what happened in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final when the Bruins faced off against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Holding a one-goal lead and poised to send the series to a decisive seventh game, the Bruins surrendered two goals in 17 seconds and the Blackhawks, as a result of their improbable turn of fortune, hoisted the Stanley Cup.

  1. chill1184 - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    That was one hell of a win.

  2. Stiller43 - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:14 PM


    • drewzducks - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      The Rooney’s killed Mike Webster. Now THAT’S a knee slapper !

    • drewzducks - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      Not as funny as being embarrassed in four straight in the ECF, but close.

  3. 950003cups - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Finally getting rewarded for outplaying an opponent. It’s been pathetic. But they are finally rewarded. Coach DumbAss finally played young d-men. They should still fire him now. This wasn’t on him. He has no clue what to so with talent other than Parise and Kovalchuk.

  4. nj666 - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    The way the team has played lately kinda shows that guys like salvador and harrold aren’t needed. I say its time to ship em out for some picks, maybe in throw travis zajac in there ship em to the wild for a 1st.

    • devilsarethebest - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      Trading Zajac would be stupid. He may not produce offensively but he’s great on defense and plays against top lines and shuts them down.

      • 950003cups - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        Did you just say that Travis Zajac shuts down top line defenders??? And you were not trying to be funny? Wow you people are interesting.

        Let me give you a lesson from Hockey 101…

        Offense is there to produce goals!

        If the offense is in his (or her) own zone working on stopping the defense, then who’s shutting who down?

  5. 950003cups - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Zajac sucks this year. These’s no argument on that. Even Chico will admit that. The argument is “will he ever get better?”

    Truth is, he’s been atrocious since losing Parise. He can’t win a faceoff to save his life on a top line.

    Travis Zajac is a very solid 2nd line center. He has no business on a top line in Thai league. Without Kovalchuk or Parise carrying him, he’s nothing special. The Devils, again, are in fire need of a bonafied top line center.

    And I would be remissed if I failed to mention the sudden emergence of Eric Gelinas. I’m not a believer on watching a guy after 4 or 5 games. But he sure is making a case for himself as a full time NHL defenseman. Love him and Larsson together. They have speed grace and Eric just had that big body and KNOWS how to use it.

    I’m 5 games away from getting a Gelinas jersey.

    • devilsarethebest - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Every day you show more and more how ignorant you are. Travis hasn’t had a losing faceoff percentage since his rookie season and finished last year at 58%. If you can’t appreciate that you’re not a real fan. He’s payed to be a defensive offenseman. And he’s one of the better ones in the league.

      • 950003cups - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Outside the stratatamic world Zajac sucks on faceoffs. He’s been atrocious on late game faceoffs for two years. He’s awesome on defense. This year he’s been garbage on the score sheet. You’re wrong in believing that Zajac is playing to a good top line level. I guess if I’m not “a real fan” because of it, than you can add Chico and Dano to my club as well.

        I am a real fan. Not a cheerleader. I post what I see. I don’t waive pom-poms saying “go team go”

        Henrique also was awful this year. He’s starting to get going lately, but Zajac? Not what we need now.

      • devilsarethebest - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        That makes no sense. A faceoff win is a faceoff win and the stats show it correctly. And Henrique has been playing really well and he’s starting to produce.

      • 950003cups - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        You’re right. I’m wrong. An OT face off or a faceoff in your own zone late in the game on the PK are no different than a faceoff in the first period when your down by 2 goals.

        There are meaningless faceoffs such as 1 minute left in the game, in your own zone and your down by 3 goals. Zajac wins a lot of those. Then you can come up with others just as meaningless.

        Then there are meaningful faceoffs when your up by a goal in your own zone with one minute left on the PK. Or your in their zone down by a goal on the PP. Zajac loses most of those. Them you can come up with more line that.

        Here’s an indication. If your holding your breath and watching the refs hand about to drop the puck, it’s probably a meaningful faceoff. If your answering a text during a faceoff them it’s probably a meaningless one.

        If you can’t grasp that concept then that fine. I know stratatamic is fun for stat people.

    • devilsarethebest - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      And the correct term is Gelinasty.

  6. 8man - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Good hockey teams close out games at home. And that includes not playing sloppy hockey. Krug’s late high stick was bad. Bergy’s inadvertant flip of the puck over the ice was worse. Long way to go, but you hate to see your team do these things in the regular season because you know it can happen in the playoffs….oh wait…

    • 950003cups - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Don’t tell us about bad penalties in the playoffs. I think we invented it.

  7. jimeejohnson - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Bruins blew the game!

  8. blugold94 - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    950003 is a very angry person. Thoughts go to anyone who lives or works with him. Those hundreds of comments are for a team he “likes”. Wow.

    A just checked again. NJ won last night. Wouldn’t know it by the angry fan.

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