NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, March 4th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (31-28-5) at New Jersey Devils (40-18-7), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils hope to rediscover their usual
success at Continental Airlines Arena when the Atlantic Division leaders play
host to the Boston Bruins this evening.
New Jersey has been one of the best teams on home ice for most of this 2006-07
campaign, but enters tonight's contest having lost four of its last six games
at the Meadowlands. The Devils suffered their second straight home defeat on
Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs came through in an extended shootout to
earn a much-needed victory.
Jeff O'Neill's goal in the fifth round lifted the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win in
a game that was marred by a scary injury to Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle.
Kaberle was knocked out of the game by a hard hit along the boards by the
Devils' Cam Janssen in the second period. The All-Star blueliner was fitted
with a neck brace on the ice, then taken away to a local hospital on a
Janssen did not receive a penalty for the late shot, but the rugged forward
was handed a three-game suspension Saturday by the league office. He will
begin serving the penalty tonight.
New Jersey's Sergei Brylin sent the game into overtime when he scored with
just 1:09 remaining in the third period. Jamie Langenbrunner and Jay Pandolfo
also had regulation goals, with Langenbrunner also lighting the lamp in the
Martin Brodeur made 25 saves for the Devils, but couldn't come up big in the
deciding phase. The legendary goaltender stopped just two of the five Toronto
skaters he faced in the shootout.
The Devils, who had won five of their last six prior to Friday's setback,
still own a 22-7-5 mark at home for the season.
Boston managed to halt a three-game losing streak on Saturday behind a strong
performance from Tim Thomas. The netminder racked up 31 saves to lead the
Bruins to a 3-1 triumph over rival Montreal at TD Banknorth Garden.
Petr Tenkrat, Brandon Bochenski and Glen Murray had the goals for Boston,
while Phil Kessel picked up a pair of assists on the evening.
The victory moved the Bruins within six points of Carolina, the team which
currently holds down the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern
These teams have split a pair of earlier meetings this season, both of which
were held in Boston. New Jersey swept the four-game season series in 2005-06.
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