NHL Game Summary - Boston at New Jersey|
(Wednesday, April 2nd)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Boston 2 (SO)
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Zach Parise notched the lone goal of the
shootout, lifting New Jersey over Boston, 3-2, at the Prudential Center.
After Marco Sturm failed for Boston to open the fourth round, Parise waited
until he was within 10 feet before lifting a backhander just under the
crossbar at the right post for the game-winner.
"I wanted to put it over his (Thomas') glove," Parise noted. "Some of the guys
were saying he was dropping his glove. Just wanted to make a move and put it
over his glove real quick and it worked."
Dainius Zubrus and David Clarkson tallied in regulation for the Devils, who
have won three in a row. New Jersey improved to 97 points, four ahead of the
idle Rangers for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Despite the win, the Devils were eliminated from winning the Atlantic Division
crown. Pittsburgh led New Jersey by five points coming in and maintained that
edge after a 4-2 win over Philadelphia.
Martin Brodeur made 25 stops to record his 43rd win of the year.
Dennis Wideman and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins, who have dropped two
straight. Boston, with the extra point for the shootout loss, temporarily
moved into a tie with idle sixth-seeded Ottawa with 92 points while also
moving one point ahead of eighth-seeded Philadelphia.
Tim Thomas was solid in defeat, stopping 23 shots.
"Obviously you like to get two points this time of year, but we didn't,"
Thomas said. "We did a lot of the right things and that's what we gotta
Zubrus pounced on a rebound in the slot and knocked home his 13th of the
season to give the Devils a 1-0 lead 3:14 into the game.
Wideman's 5-on-3 power-play blast from the inner edge of the right circle
knotted the game 37 seconds into the second, but Boston didn't click in its
Zubrus appeared to score his second of the night with a little more than 7 1/2
minutes left in the period as he curled around the Bruins net from left to
right and somehow snuck a stuffer off Thomas' pad and inside the right post.
A lengthy replay determined that Thomas trapped the puck along the goal line
with his right pad but it did not fully cross the line.
The Bruins rebounded with 3:27 remaining, as Lucic accepted a lead pass from
P.J. Axelsson, and backhanded a bouncing puck through Brodeur for a 2-1 lead.
Clarkson roofed a wrister with 5:28 left in regulation which forged a 2-2
deadlock, and each side was unable to net a clincher in regulation time.
A spirited overtime saw the clubs combine for 10 shots on net. The Devils
successfully killed off a high-sticking call on Brian Gionta at the
tail end of the extra session.
New Jersey won the season series, 3-1-0...Brodeur now has 537 career
victories...Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts returned to the lineup after
being out since mid-December with post-concussion syndrome...The Devils picked
up four of the game's six penalties.
04/02 23:22:08 ET