NEWARK, N.J. — Captain Patrice Bergeron scored his twentieth objective of the season and the Boston Bruins clinched their fifth straight playoff berth with a dominating 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night at Prudential Middle.
Tuukka Rask stopped 20 pictures for his second shutout of the season and Nick Ritchie broke a scoreless tie inside the second interval because the Bruins acquired their fourth straight sport and ended the Devils’ three-game successful streak.
Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk scored on a deflection off Devils defenseman Ryan Murray late because the Bruins acquired for the tenth time in 12 video video games. Brad Marchand, who was collaborating in in his 800th NHL sport, and Bergeron acquired the assists on the third objective.
The win was the sixth in a row for Rask.
Boston acquired off to a dominating start. The Bruins took the first 11 pictures of the game and restricted New Jersey to 9 inside the first 40 minutes in taking a 2-0 lead. The Bruins accomplished with a 42-20 pictures profit.
Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood gave New Jersey a possibility, stopping all 16 pictures inside the first interval and 35 of 37 inside the first 40 minutes. He accomplished with 39 saves.
Ritchie acquired the game’s opening objective at 9:08 of the second interval, taking a cross-ice cross by defenseman Jakub Zboril and beating Wedgewood with a one-timer from the exact circle.
Bergeron’s twentieth was a super play by the “Perfection Line”. Marchand acquired the puck from David Pastrnak, skated throughout the Devils’ net and situated Bergeron alone in entrance.
Rask’s hardest saves of the game acquired right here in opposition to Devils captain Nico Hischier. He made a pad save on a breakaway inside the first interval and stopped a backhand in shut with beneath 5 minutes to play.