NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, April 4th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (40-19-15-7) at New Jersey Devils (43-24-12-2), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins both seek a
division title today when they tangle in the back end of a regular season-
ending home-and-home at the Meadowlands.
In Saturday's set opener, Patrik Elias recorded a goal and two assists as the
Devils skated past the Bruins, 5-2, at the FleetCenter. Scott Niedermayer,
Erik Rasmussen, Turner Stevenson and Tommy Albelin also scored as the Devils
moved into a tie with idle Philadelphia for first place in the Atlantic
Division entering the final day.
New Jersey, which holds the tiebreaker over the Flyers with three more wins,
controls its own destiny as a victory would clinch its second straight
divisional crown. Philly will visit the NY Islanders today.
Martin Brodeur made 38 saves for the win, the fourth-in-a-row for the Devils.
Should Jersey secure the Atlantic Division today, it would mark its sixth
such crown in eight seasons. Philadelphia is the only other club to win the
Atlantic in that time, in 1999-2000 and 2001-02.
Martin Lapointe and Sergei Samsonov lit the lamp for the Bruins, who fell one
point behind Toronto for the Northeast Division lead. The Maple Leafs
leapfrogged both Boston and Ottawa with a win over the Senators on Saturday
night. The Bruins can still capture the division with a victory this
Andrew Raycroft stopped 25-of-30 shots in the loss as Boston saw its three-
game unbeaten streak come to an end (2-0-1).
The Bruins played without captain Joe Thornton, who is listed as day-to-day
with an "upper body injury." He is expected to test out his injury before
Boston is seeking its second Northeast Division championship in three years,
as it finished with the top record in the Eastern Conference in 2001-02.
The Bruins had a four-game unbeaten streak versus New Jersey snapped in
Saturday's loss (2-0-2).
04/04 11:57:45 ET