The Boston Bruins defeated the New Jersey Devils tonight by the score of 6-1, giving the Bruins their first win since… Saturday. The Bruins had lost a game to the Dallas Stars on New Years Eve, just their third loss in their last 25 games. Back on the winning track, here are my five observations.
Number Five- Fourth Line
Once again the fourth line proved to maybe be the top fourth line in the NHL. Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton each scored on the night, Campbell the first goal of the game and Thornton the last. Daniel Paille also had two break aways on the night, however he failed to score a goal on both occasions.
Number Four- Devils Offense
The New Jersey Devils are the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Hockey League. As an example, their defense is great and that they are built to play from ahead and not from behind. Even when they are an NHL top team, they always do a much better job when they are ahead. Alas, they could not get up in this game except for 1-0 very early on.
Number Three- Top Line
David Krejci now has 23 points in the Bruins 26-game stretch where they have just three losses. Krejci has been unfortunately criticized around around Boston for not being a prototypical first line center, but he’s certainly starting to play like one. Also, Nathan Horton, who has been playing very well of late, scored the third goal of the game for the Bruins.
Number Two- Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas was coming off of a rusty game against Dallas on Saturday, where he played for the first time since December 19. Tonight, he allowed the first goal of the game, possibly showing a little bit of rust on that snipe as well. After that however, Thomas was his usual superior self.
Number One- Bruins’ O vs the Devils’ D
Last time the Bruins and Devils met, it was arguably the most boring game of the season. No one could break into the opposing defensive zone. This game, things were different. The Bruins showed how much they have improved in that time as they broke into the New Jersey zone with ease all night long, showing their vast improvement in the past few months.
The Bruins return tomorrow night against the Calgary Flames.