NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Boston|
(Friday, November 27th)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Boston 1 (SO)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jamie Langenbrunner scored the shootout winner,
as the New Jersey Devils claimed a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at TD
Zach Parise scored New Jersey's lone goal in regulation and also added a goal
in the shootout, as the Devils won their second straight game and improved to
10-2-1 on the road this season. New Jersey had won nine straight away from
home to open the campaign before an 0-2-1 road trip last week.
"I thought we really played well in the first," said Devils head coach Jacques
Lemaire. "To win it in overtime shootout is great, especially with the team
they have here. I thought our team played as well as they could."
Martin Brodeur made 32 saves for the Devils. He also set the all-time record
for minutes played by an NHL goaltender, surpassing Patrick Roy's previous
mark of 60,235.
Blake Wheeler scored the lone goal for Boston, while Tuukka Rask turned aside
36 shots in defeat. The Bruins, coming off a 4-0-0 road trip, are 0-1-2 in
their last three at home.
"We knew what to expect," said Rask. "It's New Jersey. They play a really
defensive game. It was a really entertaining game."
Wheeler scored just 12 seconds into the third period to tie it. Boston dumped
the puck into the New Jersey zone from center ice and an odd carom off the
back boards enabled Byron Bitz to gain control in the right circle. He quickly
fed a pass to the left side of the crease for an unchecked Wheeler, who banged
a shot into the empty side of the cage for his seventh goal.
The goaltenders were stellar from there, as Rask made nine saves in the third
and Brodeur stopped the remaining 10 he faced. Brodeur came up with a big
stop on a shot by Marc Savard in the slot with 3.8 seconds remaining in the
third, and both netminders made three saves in the extra period.
Each goaltender started the shootout with a save, but Wheeler beat Brodeur
with a wrist shot from the slot before Parise made a neat move to slide a shot
past Rask. Brodeur then stopped David Krejci, giving Langenbrunner a chance to
win it and he did just that with a blistering wrister from the slot.
The Devils took a 1-0 lead midway through the second period when Parise jammed
the puck behind Rask during a scrum in the crease after a point shot deflected
off a couple of bodies on its way toward the net.
During a scoreless first period, the Devils nearly scored on a power play but
Travis Zajac fanned on a rebound with a wide open net. Moments later, Brian
Rolston raced into the Boston zone on a breakaway, but Rask got a piece of his
The Bruins said Friday that forward Milan Lucic would likely miss about four
weeks with a high ankle sprain. Lucic, who sat out 14 games earlier this
season with a fractured finger, was hurt during Wednesday's game against
Minnesota...The Devils have won the first two meetings this season, also
taking a 2-1 decision on October 29.
11/27 16:47:40 ET