A slower period of action in the second, as the teams are playing tight and special teams has played a role, with the B’s called for three penalties and the Devils for two. While the Bruins could not convert on their man-advantage opportunities, New Jersey cashed in after Johnny Boychuk went off for tripping at the 7:22 mark, ending the Bruins 100-percent streak at 24-for-24.
David Clarkson, who leads all skaters with four shots, has had a few close calls on Rask, in addition to redirecting Marek Zidlicky’s long shot from the point right at the goal-mouth to give New Jersey the 1-0 lead.
Getting Shots Through
The Devils have been good with their body positioning and active sticks, something the B’s knew they would face coming in, with Coach and players talking about the “heavy play” and “heavy sticks” of New Jersey.
Both teams only put a combined 12 shots on goal in the second period - New Jersey 7 and Boston 5. The Devils have blocked 12 of Boston’s shots and Milan Lucic has seen four of his attempts blocked - though No. 17 had one of the better chances for the B’s.
A great sequence for Boston came at the end of the period, when Lucic near redirected a shot in front of Hedberg. With all of the back-and-forth action, the B’s immediately found themselves on the back-pedal and Aaron Johnson’s active stick was able to cancel a New Jersey rush. But a bad bounce then turned lucky when the puck just missed slipping inside the post on Rask’s stick side.