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 Garden.
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 shot.
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