Morning Free Association: January 3

Raise your hand if you thought the Bruins would win this game, if you believed that they wouldn’t play down to a lesser team on the road. There was no reason to believe otherwise. However New Jersey, basement dwellers in the Metropolitan who sank after a good start to the season and winners of 2 of their last 10 games, came out ready to play.

First:

The Devils draw first blood when P.A. Parenteau scored just over four minutes into the game.

The first penalties of the game come when Colin Miller, yes Chiller, took exception to a hit that Miles Wood made and fought him.

Since Miller had an additional roughing penalty called on him, Anton Blidh joined him in the box. Within a minute, Adam McQuaid, feeling left out of the festivities, was called for a double minor for high-sticking. Here’s what the penalty box looked like:

Look how proud he is!

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both got their sticks the puck, ganging up on Cory Schneider with seconds left in the first period. It appeared that the puck crossed the line. After review, it was ruled No Goal. The Devils would take the one-goal lead into the second period.

Second:

Not much happened in the second: one penalty, no goals.

Oh, wait, this scary sequence happened:

Patrice Bergeron got caught in some friendly fire by Brandon Carlo. He would come back out for the next shift but it didn’t seem that would be the case the way he got off the ice.

Third:

Things unfolded quickly in the third when the Devils scored another goal, this time by Sergey Kalinin.

Boston couldn’t get anything going in this game. Eventually, after Tuukka skated off the ice and a Bruins player turned over the puck in the neutral zone, the Devils scored on an empty net with virtually no resistance. Yes, the game was lost in the 58 minutes prior, but the team just gave up ugly.

Ugh.

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