The Boston Bruins went up against the New Jersey Devils to finish up the back-to-back on Tuesday. Boston went with Jaroslav Halák in goal while New Jersey started MacKenzie Blackwood. Boston clinched a playoff spot the night before and looked to continue the four game win streak.
Boston had troubles staying out of the box in the first period having a total of six penalty minutes. One of those penalties was a tripping call on Charlie McAvoy which led to a power play goal for Pavel Zacha of the Devils.
The second period was all Boston seeing goals from the captain Patrice Bergeron (his 21st of the season), and the former Hart trophy winner Taylor Hall (his 6th on the year). Boston took the lead at the end of the period making it 2-1.
With 9:10 into the third New Jersey scored the equalizer, but it only took a 1:32 for Boston to regain the lead thanks to Sean Kurlay and assists coming from David Pastrnak and Mike Reilly. New Jersey fired back to tie the game once again at three off a goal by Yegor Sharangovich. The Bruins had four shots on goal after the game tying goal but unfortunately none of them found the back of the net and we were going to overtime.
Overtime was a bit of a disaster for Boston as we didn’t see one shot on net for the Bruins and a giveaway by Kurlay led to a game winning goal by Zacha (his second of the game).
The Bruins gained a point for the overtime loss, but Pittsburgh moves to four points ahead of them for the race for the second seed and home ice in the first round with a 7-3 victory over Philadelphia. Boston still has four games remaining to catch the rival Penguins and open a two game set against a struggling Rangers squad on Thursday at 7:00 Eastern time.
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