By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
I mean this with all sincerity: Everybody that attended Saturday’s game between the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils deserves a voucher to come back to a game of their choosing, because these two by all means set the sport back with one of the most uninspiring, uninteresting 60-minute contests you’ll see this season.
“Yeah it was not the greatest game of the year, but you know we got it done,” Marcus Johansson admitted after the 1-0 victory. “Tough game. They play hard so not the best game but we got the two points.”
“Can’t all be pretty, especially the way they play, they play hard and they’re aggressive,” said Brad Marchand. “At the end of the day we got the two points, in the regular season that’s what you need, I’ll take it and we’ll focus on the next one.”
This snoozer did give us one of the absolute best anecdotes you’ll get this season, though, as Marchand was in action and skated in the 666th game of his NHL career tonight. He also entered play with 666 career penalty minutes to his name. And, but of course, he was going against the Devils. (If only ex-Bruins winger Miroslav Satan, who actually kinda looked like a cartoon devil now that I’m thinking about it, came out of retirement to skate on his line.)
And naturally, it was Marchand that would score the game’s first (and only) goal, scored 2:37 into the first period.
There’s no doubt that No. 63 was the B’s best player throughout the opening period, as he was later awarded a penalty shot (though he did not convert) in the opening 20, and finished with three shots on goal in 18:09 of action.
The Devils’ best chance came with 10 minutes left in the third, as Jesper Bratt won a race against Zdeno Chara and put a breakaway look on Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask. But Rask stood tall in what was a 20-save shutout.
Jersey’s MacKenzie Blackwood was really the only Devil of note by the night’s end, as the 22-year-old finished the losing effort with stops on all but one of the 30 shots thrown his way on the night.
The win extended the Black and Gold’s win streak to three games, their point streak to a whopping 16 games (12-0-4), and improved their home record to a staggering 24-7-3 on the season.
The Bruins return to the rink Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.