The Bruins have pulled off the impossible. All hope looked like it was beyond reach for this team once again. The Devils have owned the Bruins all season long. The only loss they have against this team was on opening night in a shootout. That means their record was 4-0-1 against the Bruins this season. That is pretty good for a mediocre team against one of the best in the division. We needed to see a major Bruins comeback in this game in order to restore faith in the fans. My goodness did they deliver one.
The Devils were in complete control in this game as well. They took a 4-2 lead into the second period and looked to be in complete control for another win. That is when the Bruins comeback started to come into fruition. Charlie McAvoy found a loose puck off a Craig Smith shot for his fourth of the season which cut the lead to 4-3. With just over four minutes left in the game, Matt Grzelcyk wired a shot home from the point to tie the game at 4-4.
— Hockey Daily 365 (@HockeyDaily365) March 31, 2021
This overtime had my heart beating with authority. The Bruins had the majority of the chances on MacKenzie Blackwood, but he was as solid as ever. A breakaway on Jaroslav Halk led to a slashing call on Charlie McAvoy. It sure looked like it could have been a penalty shot, but the ref decided it was worth two minutes. The Devils failed to end it on that opportunity thanks to one of the best penalty-killing teams in the league. It was then the Bruins and Devils were sent to the depths of the shootout for the second time this season.
Devils Continue to Struggle in Shootout
The Devils are one of the fastest teams when the game is going on full speed. They are not one of the best when it comes to the shootout. Heading into the game, the Devils were 0-3 in the shootout. This includes a loss to these Bruins on opening night by a 3-2 score. The Bruins know a thing or two about sucking in the shootout from last season. They went that entire year without a shootout win.
Halak came out with a strong save on Zacha. Charlie Coyle got the first nod for the Bruins. He makes a filthy move to slip one by Blackwood. Future Bruin Kyle Palmieri tried to go blocker side on Halak and failed. David Pastrnak had a chance to end it at the bottom of the second round. He slips it on the forehand by Blackwood and the Bruins complete the comeback over the Devils.
Charlie Coyle with the nifty shootout goal: pic.twitter.com/toIcc0FaML
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