Bruins Remain Unbeaten
The New Jersey Devils are a team that the Boson Bruins have had some issues with over the past couple of years. For some reason or other the Devils had the Bruins number, no matter what kind of a mismatch the game appeared on paper. Well last night the two teams played a tight game once again with the Bruins coming out on the right side of a 3-2 decision in front of a sold out crowd at the Swamp.
Undisciplined play by the Bruins marred an otherwise good first period for the visitors. Assistant captain Jeff Larmer took 3 minors in the period and was flying around with his elbows up taking out whoever was in his path. Luckily for the Bs Scott Young scored a glorious shorthanded goal on a terrific individual effort to give the Bruins the lead with Larmer in the box. The period ended with Boston up 1-0 out shooting the Devils 12-7.
The Bruins doubled their lead to start the second, with Petri Skriko scoring his first of the campaign unassisted midway through the period. Peter Zezel responded for New Jersey shortly after to cut the lead to one. The Bruins carried the play with a couple of PP opportunities of their own but could not capitalize. 2-1 Boston after the second.
The Devils tied it up on Zezel's second of the game on the PP with Libor Dolana in the box. Al Iafrate, on a point blast, restored the lead for the Bruins 21 seconds after and the Bruins held on the rest of the way for a 3-2 win. Final shots were 32-22 Boston.
"Undisciplined play will sink us" said head coach Jocelyn Guevremont. "Some of our leaders need to lead and be accountable. We can't tolerate that kind of sloppy play. When we start playing the NFHL elite they will eat us alive."
Guevremont is correct. The Bruins need to get the PP going and figure out how to stay out of the box and subsequently keep the puck out of their net.
Next up for the Bruins is a test against the Washington Capitals.
3. Claude Lemieux
2. Petri Skriko
1. Peter Zezel
- Skriko recorded his first 2 point game of the young season (1G 1A)
- The Bruins went 0-7 on the PP and allowed 1 goal on 7 opportunities on the PK
THE SANDWICH REPORT:
The Sandwich Bruins visited Albany and shut them out 3-0. New Sandwich Bruin Mats Sundin scored his first of the season assisted by Ziggy Palffy; this could be a killer combination for the Bruins in years to come. Jeff Hackett got the shutout.
Bruins Beat Writer