Five Observations: Big Third Lifts B’s Past Devils

The Boston Bruins rebounded from their loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night when they defeated the New Jersey Devils by a score of 4-1. The Bruins trailed 1-0 going into the third period but were able to score four straight goals.

Number Five- Joe Corvo

The Bruins won the game, so I will use the five slot to complain about something. Joe Corvo tonight did not seem to be fighting for the puck and he was just not hustling or winning battles. It’s nitpicking at this point, but it just seems like he did not give his best effort tonight.

Number Four- Fourth Line

When the Bruins scored their third goal of the night, it was all effort from the fourth line. Daniel Paille had an open shot and Martin Broduer saved it and gave up a rebound. Then Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell had chances, and finally Campbell banked one in as Broduer sprawled on the ice.

Number Three- Andrew Ference

Last week I was complaining about Andrew Ference a lot, because he just did not seem to have his game on. Tonight though, it was a different story. Ference was battling for pucks and he made two good players in the third period leading to scoring chances; he had a shot along the ice that deflected off of Nathan Horton and almost in the net, and then he beat Broduer glove side for the game tying goal.

Number Two- Tim Thomas

A lot of people were surprised to see Thomas in net tonight after his loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday and Tuukka Rask’s win against the Florida Panthers on Monday. However, Thomas held the Devils to just one goal tonight and performed well all game. It was a good sign for Thomas, now we will see who is in net against the Rangers on Saturday.

Number One- Third Line

Welcome back, Rich Peverley. Peverley was out for two games because of personal reasons, but he was an instant impact back in the lineup tonight. Right away you could see the way Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot were able to crash the net with his presence back.

The Bruins take on the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

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