It took a lot of man advantages and a two-goal barrage in the final two minutes of the game, but the New Jersey Devils got their second win of the season against the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins.
Andy Greene seemed to be in the right place at the right time as he put home the game-winner with less than a minute left. He was by far their best player in this contest. There is a lot that could be talked about, but one topic is glaringly obvious: the success of the powerplay. The Devils scored on four of their seven man advantages, including what amounted to a six-on-three when Martin Brodeur went to the bench.
They scored that goal to tie the game with one minute and eight seconds left in the game. Then, with just a one man advantage after that, Brunner missed a one timer that made its way to Greene for the shot in the back of the net.
This could be a season-defining win for the Devils. It is their first road win of the year. It was the first time they scored at least four power play goals since they scored five against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 22, 2008. It was the first time they beat the Bruins on the road since November 27, 2009.
This win was everything the Devils could have hoped for and more. It shows that this team is not ready to quit on the season, as early as it is. It shows that this team has heart that their fans were becoming weary of.
The third period was the best ending to a game that the team has had all season. The Devils were blowing all their leads in the third, not taking them over. After a rough first period, the Devils took over offensively. After a goal in the final minute of the first period made the score 3-1, the Bruins were held scoreless.
There were many stars of this game. Marek Zidlicky‘s rocket tied the game with basically no time left. Brodeur made a few big saves towards the end. Steve Bernier led the fourth line to what can be seen as a breakout game for them, no matter what the score sheet says.
It is like an Oscar speech with too many people to thank. If the Devils can get this kind of effort at the end of games, then their opponents need to watch their leads against this team.