Talking Points: Bruins 'never really competed' vs. Devils
Cory Schneider had been struggling along with the rest of the New Jersey Devils lately, but the Marblehead native got a good performance against the hometown team he grew up rooting for. Schneider made 22 saves while not getting tested a ton by the Bruins offense, and got himself spinning back in the right direction with a ho-hum win against a Bruins team that didn’t show up. Schneider was probably at his best in the first period when he kept the Brad Marchand chance at the end of the first period out of the net, and made 12 saves against a Bruins team that was just settling in for a long winter’s nap in the final 40 minutes of the game.
There is no shortage of worthy, or unworthy as you might call them, candidates for criticism on the Bruins roster, but we’ll go with Brad Marchand this time around. Marchand finished a minus-2 with just one shot on net, and couldn’t push the puck across the goal line at the end of the first period on a near miss that wasn’t supported by video review. Then in the third period Marchand took an offensive zone slashing penalty out of frustration, and then got another two minutes when he attempted to draw Kyle Quincey into the penalty box as well. Marchand got Quincey in the box, but himself in the penalty box for four minutes of the final 7:22 of the third period with the Bruins down by a pair of goals.
Brad Marchand looked like he potentially had a rebound goal in the closing seconds of the first period, but it was a close call where one couldn’t tell whether the puck crossed the goal line or not. It was ruled no-goal on the ice, and video replays were inconclusive as you couldn’t tell where the puck was once the view was blocked out by Cory Schneider's glove hand. That would have tied the game at 1-1 at the end of 20 minutes, and could have made for a much different final two periods of hockey. But it didn’t count and the Bruins didn’t show up nearly enough over the final 40 minutes.
Sergei Kalinin with a goal and two points along with a plus-2 rating in his 15:55 of ice time where he maximized his impact on the Bruins. It was Kalinin that finished off Miles Wood’s odd-man rush in the third period that really blew things open for the Devils, and it was Kalinin that helped make the aggressive neutral zone trap in the third period that led to Taylor Hall’s empty netter as well. Otherwise he had just one shot on net and one takeaway to go along with 6-of-12 face off wins, but Kalinin made plays when his number was called by the Devils on Monday night.
BY THE NUMBERS
7 – the number of games that David Pastrnak has gone without a point since coming back from his elbow procedure. It seems like he left some of his goal-scoring swagger in the bursa sacs removed from his body.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“You lose games and sometimes you can take a lot of positives out of it. This wasn’t one of those. We were out there, but we were never really competing.” – Tuukka Rask, to reporters postgame as he was one of a number of Bruins players outspoken about the lack of effort in a shutout loss to a poor New Jersey team.