Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Pavel Zacha scored twice against his former team on Saturday night, powering the Boston Bruins to s 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden.

The Bruins have been plagued by slow offensive starts in recent weeks, but on Saturday night, the goals came early and often. Zacha grabbed both to put the B’s up 2-0 just 4:44 into the game.

But the first one happened just two minutes in, cashing in on an early Bruins power play. Manning the net-front, Zacha got a piece of a shot from Patrice Bergeron to tip it past Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood.

  • Zacha’s second was much more fortuitous. But he certainly gets credit for getting the puck into the zone in the first place, then making a savvy pass to David Pastrnak for the one-timer that went wide of the net.

    This set up Zacha’s second chance. He gathered the puck off the carom from behind the net and whacked it toward the goal, and it deflected off Devils defenseman Kevin Bahl and in. With that goal, Zacha has now scored 20 goals for the first time in his NHL career. He’s up to 55 points in a career-best campaign in his first season in Black & Gold.

  • The Devils got one back less than two minutes after Zacha’s second goal. Leading a rush back the other way, shifty Devils center Jack Hughes drew enough attention to be able to slip the puck to a wide-open Jesper Bratt, who found himself all alone with Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark. Bratt deked Ullmark and tucked it in to make it 2-1.

  • The teams played a scoreless, but competitive second period, with quality chances at both ends. Ullmark made his best saves of the night in a quick three-shot sequence against Hughes and Yegor Sharangovich. This was robbery.

  • With the win, the Bruins tied the NHL record for regular season wins with No. 62. They will have three cracks at No. 63, starting with a road game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. They will then face the Washington Capitals on Tuesday at TD Garden, and finish off the regular season in Montreal against the Canadiens.

    The B’s are also up to 129 points on the season, three shy of the NHL record set by the aforementioned Canadiens in the 1976-77 season. So there’s a possibility that the Bruins have a chance to beat their record on their ice.

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