Boston Bruins Key Takeaways From Tough Loss to New Jersey Devils

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NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 16: Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates with teammate Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) after scoring a short handed goal during the second period of the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the Boston Bruins on January16, 2021 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils played another fantastic game in the second game of the season. They battled their way into another game in overtime. Unfortunately for the Bruins fans, they were unable to win their second game as the Devils defeated them by a score of 2-1. The game was highly competitive and there are several key takeaways from the game. Clancy Golden takes a look at all the key takeaways for the Boston Bruins from their second game.  

Setting the Tone Early

In the first game of the season, the New Jersey Devils and specifically Miles Wood crashed into Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask all game long. The first key takeaway from the second game of the season was the Bruins making sure the Devils didn’t run into the Bruins goaltenders again.

Less than a minute into the game Miles Wood crashed the net hard and ran into Jaroslav Halak, who was manning the crease for the Bruins today. Kevan Miller decided that he was not going to allow the Devils to hit his goalies again.

Miles Wood crashed into Jaroslav Halak and Miller decided to take matters into his own hands as he dropped the gloves with Wood. Miller absolutely punished Wood in the fight as he sent Wood to the ice in just a few punches. Due to seeing Miller defend his goalie the way he did, no Devils players crashed the net as hard as they had in the first game.

Continued Elite Special Teams

Just like they did in the first game, the Bruins special teams were nothing but amazing. In the first period, there was a questionable tripping penalty called against Charlie McAvoy. The Devils were unable to cash in on the power play opportunity. The Bruins penalty kill units have not allowed a single power-play goal this season.

In the second period, the Bruins scored a goal but it was waved off right away as Craig Smith made contact with Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood. The Bruins challenged the call but it was not overturned. Due to the unsuccessful Bruins challenge, the Devils were put on the powerplay.

Instead of the Devils scoring a goal of their own, they gave up a goal to the Bruins. Brad Marchand broke up a Devils opportunity and skated up ice with captain Patrice Bergeron. Marchand sent a cross-ice pass over to Bergeron who took a wrist shot to beat Mackenzie Blackwood and tie the game at one. The Bruins ended the period by killing off the rest of the remaining power play time and kept the game tied going into the second intermission. 

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The key takeaway happened again late in the 3rd period and into overtime. Another weak penalty was called on the Bruins as Matt Grzelcyk was sent to the box. The Bruins managed to kill off the penalty and had almost four minutes to try and score but were unsuccessful. 

An Unfortunate Ending 

After killing off the Devils powerplay, the Bruins had an opportunity to win the game. Matt Grzelyck stepped onto the ice after his penalty and entered the zone with Charlie Coyle. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped the game-winning bid. Shortly after, Yegor Sharangovich buried his first NHL goal which was the game-winner. Sharangovich caught a fantastic backhanded pass from Damon Severson and fired the puck past the outstretched leg of Jaroslav Halak with 1.7 seconds remaining in overtime. 

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Key Takeaways Conclusion

The Bruins dropped their second game to the New Jersey Devils by the score of 2-1. Although they lost, there are still so many positive key takeaways from the game. The Bruins special teams were amazing and they were not afraid to drop the gloves and stand up for their teammates. The Bruins and Devils will play each other six more times during the regular season and hopefully, the Bruins will be able to avenge their loss. 

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