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Bruins Rout Devils 5-1 And Extend Point Streak To Five Games

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David Pastrnak and Matt Grzelcyk scored two goals apiece and the Boston Bruins beat the New Jersey Devils to extend their point streak (2-0-3) to five games. Connor Clifton scored the Bruins’ fifth goal as the B’s extended their lead in the Atlantic Division to five points. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask got his second straight win with 25 saves.

Devils forward Blake Coleman scored the lone Devils goal and new starting goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood was shelled in the Devils’ first game since waiving longtime starter Corey Schneider and assigning him to the Binghamton Devils in the AHL.

Grzelcyk’s first goal of the season came at 14:26 of the first on a beautiful feed from Marchand. Grzelcyk just sniped it by Blackwood for a 1-0 Bruins lead.

Just 14 ticks later, Pastrnak had (at the time), a league-leading 18th goal of the season to make it 2-0. Marchand and Krejci assisted on both tallies.

The Devils found their stride in the bottom ten minutes of the second period with a heavy push in the final five minutes. It paid off as Coleman, who had a chance to make it 2-1 in the waning seconds of the first period, did just that at 18:11 of the middle frame. Nikita Gusev and Will Butcher had the helpers on Coleman’s lamplighter.

Pastrnak’s second goal of the game came at a crucial time as the Devils had pulled within one and appeared to be gaining momentum. Pastrnak earned not only the goal but also the power play it was scored on. Pastrnak broke loose chasing down a puck in the offensive zone and Devils defenseman P.K. Subban came racing back to prevent the one-on-one chance for the Bruins winger but tripped up Pastrnak with a stick on stick and the Bruins had their second powerplay of the game.

Pastrnak took a feed from Marchand at the point and rifled it home for his 19th of the season. Charlie got the secondary assist and extended his point streak to five games with two goals and three assists during that span. Coyle also did a great job screening Blackwood to help Pastrnak’s shot find twine.

Grzelcyk got his second of the night at 10:33 of the final frame to give the Bruins their first three-goal lead of the game. Grzelcyk deked out Subban just inside the blue line and then held the puck long enough for a sliding Butcher to distract Blackwood and went top shelf and bar down. That goal gave Grzelcyk the first regular season two-goal game of his career. Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy had the lone helper on the goal.

Just 3:09 later, the New Jersey native Clifton, got his second of the season to put the proverbial dagger in the Devils and add to one of the best third periods of the season for the Bruins.

With over 18 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 15 of his 18 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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