Patrice Bergeron gained the tiebreaker with 4:08 left within the third interval and the Boston Bruins beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Wednesday night time.
Trent Frederic and Pavel Zacha additionally scored for NHL-leading Boston, which improved to 28-4-3. Linus Ullmark made 26 saves.
“It is nearly such as you get used to it,” Bergeron mentioned of Ullmark, who gained his twentieth sport of the season. “You do not wish to do this although. … We’re a very good staff defensively. And I feel you (must) proceed that.”
Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves for New Jersey, which dropped to 22-11-2. Nico Hischier scored for the Devils.
“We have accomplished all of the issues we speak about,” Erik Haula mentioned. “It’s a must to play 60 minutes, particularly once we play towards the most effective groups within the league. If you happen to do not play 60, you are weak. And now we have to repair that. Like now.”
Bergeron tipped a Lindholm shot previous Vancek for his 14th objective of the season.
“That play by Bergeron,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery mentioned, “there aren’t (sufficient) phrases to explain him. That is a giant objective. Not everyone goes to these powerful areas. That is why he scored. That is why he has a thousand factors. That is why he’s our chief.”
With New Jersey trailing 1-0 getting into the third, Hischier tied the sport on the 6:11 mark along with his 14th of the season. The Devils captain drove to the web and redirected Fabian Zetterlund’s middle go previous Ullmark.
Regardless of being outplayed for a lot of the first two durations, it was the Bears who broke by way of first. Frederic gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 8:57 into the second interval along with his seventh objective of the season. Moments after killing off a New Jersey energy play, the Bruins pounced. Lindholm caught a clearing try and skated down the center of the ice earlier than dropping a go to Frederic, who snapped a fast shot previous Vanecek from the excessive slot.
“When you deal with the method, the outcomes fall into line,” Bergeron mentioned. “For me, it is all in regards to the course of and particulars. That is who we’re. I feel that’s our identification. We (should) focus and emphasize particulars.”
Zacha added an empty netter for the Bruins.
Earlier than the sport, the Devils introduced that defensemen Ryan Graves and John Marino have been positioned on injured reserve, retroactive to December 21 and December 20, respectively.
Within the corresponding roster transfer, proper wing Tyce Thompson and defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon have been recalled from AHL Utica. Wotherspoon was a wholesome scratch, together with left wing Alexander Holtz and proper wing Andreas Johnsson.
Devils defenseman Damon Severson performed in his 600th NHL sport. … Boston went 0-for-3 with the person benefit and killed each New Jersey energy performs. … Third line left wing Taylor Corridor was booed by the 16,514 in attendance each time he touched the puck. Corridor spent components of 4 seasons with New Jersey, together with 2017-18 during which he gained the Hart Trophy and led the Devils to the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2011-12.