The New Jersey Devils (25-27-12) lose their sixth straight game as they fall to the Boston Bruins (34-25-6), 3-2, and go 1-2-0 in the season series, their only win coming back in January in a 3-0 shutout. The Devils have also now lost five straight one-goal games.
Devante-Smith Pelly and Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils, while Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo, and Ryan Spooner (game-winner) all scored for the Bruins. The Devils were vastly outshot, 40-17, so ultimately, the score could have (and probably should have) been much, much worse and the credit for that goes to Cory Schneider. He saved 37 shots on 40 faced, posting a .925 save percentage, and he was great again all night long. Anton Khudobin saved 15 shots (17 faced) and earned an .882 save %.
Smith-Pelly’s goal was a beautiful one; if you can find a video or a gif of it, definitely watch it. This goal was his fourth of the season and was assisted by Steven Santini and Palmieri. Palmieri’s goal was his 20th goal of the season and still leads the team in goals scored. His goal was set up by a Taylor Hall on a really nice pass. Palmieri also led the team in shots on goal with four.
The Devils failed to score on their lone power play of the game (a man advantage that probably shouldn’t have been a man advantage because Miles Wood, arguably, should have been in the penalty box) but they killed all but one of Boston’s five power play opportunities.
I’m going to highlight the kids tonight because they’re the only reason I’m still watching Devils games this season. I no longer care about the wins. They’re getting valuable NHL experience, and they’re making mistakes and learning from them. Nick Lappin, who was recalled from Albany (AHL) today, made a few glaring mistakes tonight but he’s learning from them. Stefan Noesen had a shot on goal and three hits. Steven Santini had two shots, four hits, and two blocked shots. Damon Severson had a shot, a hit, and a blocked shot. black Coleman had a hit and two blocked shots. Miles Wood had a shot, a hit, and a blocked shot. Kevin Rooney had a shot on goal and Joseph Blandisi had four hits.
Expect all of them back in the lineup tomorrow evening when the Blue Jackets come to town; puck drops at 5PM.
P.S. the Mississauga Steelheads, home of Devils prospects Michael McLeod and Nathan Bastian, won in a shootout today and have clinched the Central Division and a playoff spot. Fear the Fish!