The Boston Bruins controlled their own destiny with a definitive regulation win over the New Jersey Devils, 3-0. With that win the Bruins claimed the final playoff spot in the East. It was only the second shutout for Tuukka Rask this season.
In his 800th NHL game, all with the Bruins, Brad Marchand didn’t score a goal but did get on the score sheet by helping out on two others. After a scoreless first period in which the Bruins outshot the Devils 17-4, they turned on the heat in the middle frame with goals from Nick Ritchie and Patrice Bergeron.
Big Ritch got it started.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 4, 2021
Nick Ritchie’s goal tonight was his 14th of the campaign, tying his single-season career-high set back in 2016-17 (77 games).
— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) May 4, 2021
The Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line cashes in again.
Make it 12 20-goal seasons for Patrice Bergeron.
2-0 Bruins. pic.twitter.com/fqe4EuuQdT
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 4, 2021
All these Devils still ain’t gonna stop Jesus. pic.twitter.com/IgHfPvKgUE
— ETD51 (@ETD51) May 4, 2021
The game was kind of a quiet one and pretty fast-paced in that it was over by 9:30. There weren’t many stoppages and only a couple of penalties in the third: a boarding call against AJ Greer and fighting between Connor Clifton and Greer after the latter boarded Cliffy’s partner, Jakub Zboril. Zboril seemed to be okay, temporarily left the game, then returned. He would also spend time in the box for holding later in the game.
Matt Grzelcyk scored the final goal of the game late in the third.
— Bruins Diehards (@BruinsDiehards) May 4, 2021
The two teams meet again tonight. Brandon Carlo will play tonight, Kevan Miller will be out. Jeremy Swayman will be in net.