Rapid Reaction: Bruins 4, Devils 3
November, 15, 2011
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: Despite staying with the defending Stanley Cup champions for 60 minutes, the Devils came away with no points. Benoit Pouliot's rebound goal with 3:01 remaining broke a 3-all tie and gave the Bruins (9-7-0) their sixth straight victory, 4-3, over New Jersey (8-7-1). Patrik Elias' seven-game point streak ended. The Devils had a bevy of chances late, but couldn't solve Tim Thomas (27 saves) for a fourth time.
BUSTING OUT: Nick Palmieri, who came in with no goals in his previous seven games, scored twice. Coach Peter DeBoer recently moved Palmieri up with Adam Henrique and Zach Parise in order to ignite the slumping right winger. Props.
THE DROUGHT IS OVER: The Devils ended up going 22 straight powerplays without a goal, but David Clarkson snapped the drought with 9:14 left in the middle frame. Clarkson’s 5-on-3 one-timer from the left circle gave the Devils a 1-0 lead.
OY VEY: Johan Hedberg is no Martin Brodeur when it comes to playing the puck behind the net. Gregory Campbell stole one from Hedberg as the Devils goaltender was going out of his cage to make a pass, then fed it in front to Chris Kelly for an easy tally which knotted things at 1 with 5:08 left in the second.
Hedberg (33 saves) later atoned for the gaffe when he robbed Nathan Horton out in front with a brilliant glove save with 8:38 left in the third. Unfortunately, he suffered the loss, and dropped to 6-4-1.
K-NO-VALCHUK: Russian sniper Ilya Kovalchuk sat out his fifth consecutive game with a groin injury.
UP NEXT: Devils at Sabres, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.