NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Boston|
(Thursday, April 4th)
Final Score: Boston 1, New Jersey 0
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jaromir Jagr scored the lone goal of the contest
in his Boston debut, while Tuukka Rask posted 40 saves to notch his third
shutout of the season as the Bruins blanked the New Jersey Devils, 1-0, on
Thursday at TD Garden.
Jagr registered 14 goals and 12 assists in 34 games with Dallas before the
Bruins and Stars struck a deal Tuesday that sent the veteran forward to Boston
in exchange for forwards Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne along with a
conditional second-round pick.
The acquisition of Jagr paid immediate dividends for the Bruins, who have won
three straight and sit comfortably in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
The team is one point back on Montreal for first place in the Northeast
Division and second in the conference as the Canadiens defeated the Jets on
The Devils, meanwhile, have lost five straight and find themselves tied with
the New York Rangers for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff
"Effort is there," New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer remarked. "We played a good
game, just didn't get rewarded for it."
Martin Brodeur stopped 25-of-26 shots in the setback.
New Jersey outshot Boston 17-6 in the first frame, but it was the Bruins who
struck first early in the second when Brad Marchand's centering feed from the
left boards deflected off the skate of Jagr in front and slipped through the
five-hole of Brodeur to make it 1-0 at the 1:20 mark of the middle stanza.
"He played his game and his goal was something that we like to see," Boston
coach Claude Julien said of Jagr. "It's called net drive. It's a good example
for the rest of the guys to take."
The Devils nearly found the equalizer near the midpoint of the second, but
Dainius Zubrus' one-timer from the left circle rang off the crossbar to keep
New Jersey from pulling even.
The Devils continued to apply pressure in the third, as they peppered Rask
with 12 shots in the frame, but the Boston netminder was able to keep the
visitors off the board to secure his 14th career shutout.
The Devils and Rangers each have 39 points ... The Devils have gone 0-2-3 in
five games since losing Ilya Kovalchuk to a shoulder injury ... Boston has won
six straight against New Jersey, including a 2-1 shootout win in Boston on
Jan. 29 ... The last players to score a goal in their first game as a Bruin
were Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler on Oct. 9, 2008.
04/04 22:44:51 ET