NHL Hockey Recap, Boston Bruins Defeat New Jersey Devils 2-1, Thursday, October 20, 2016

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new-jersey-devilsNEW JERSEY DEVILS boston-bruinsBOSTON BRUINS
1-2-1, 5th in Metropolitan Division October 20, 8:00 PM | TD Garden 3-1-0, 2nd in Atlantic Division

When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 20, 2016
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Line: Boston Bruins -155. O/U: 5 Courtesy of gtbets-sportsbook.betnow-vegas-coverage.

New Jersey at Boston, Boxscore
Final 1 2 3 T
new-jersey-devilsNJ 0 0 1 1
boston-bruinsBOS 0 0 2 2
Rotation /Team /Time Opening Lines
10/20 7:05 PM
5new-jersey-devilsNew Jersey
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NHL BETTING – Thursday, October 20th, New Jersey Devils vs. Boston Bruins.

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
new-jersey-devilsNew Jersey Devils +1.5 -235 +135 5 +100
boston-bruinsBoston Bruins -1.5 +195 -155 5 -120
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The Bruins beat New Jersey 2-1 on Thursday, earning a victory backstopped by Tuukka Rask’s 28 saves.

Bettors who backed the Bruins were rewarded as -162 favorites at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 5.0.

Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand each scored for the Bruins in the victory. Marchand opened the scoring for Boston.

Tuukka Rask turned in a 28-save effort for the Bruins.

Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils, finding the net behind Tuukka Rask.

Cory Schneider stopped 34 of 36 shots for the Devils, but it wasn’t enough to earn the victory.

Boston scored 0 times on 4 chances on the power play, while New Jersey went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

Boston outshot New Jersey 36-29 in the game.

Next game, Boston takes its act home to face Montreal looking for another win. For New Jersey, they head home to face Minnesota.

BOSTON — It is no secret how important Patrice Bergeron is to the Boston Bruins. In short, he is their best player, in all phases of the game.

That is what made it fitting for him to score the winning goal in his first game of the season.

“He does so much for our team … having Bergy back is great,” linemate Brad Marchand said after setting Bergeron up for the winner with 1:15 left Thursday as the Bruins escaped with a 2-1 decision over the New Jersey Devils in Boston’s home opener.

Bergeron, who missed the first three games of the season with a lower-body injury, returned with a bang.

“He brings so many things to the table,” said Marchand, who tied the game with 9:47 remaining by recording his third goal in four games. “We do have a lot of chemistry. Every time I come around the net, I know he’s going to be hovering in that (high slot) area. So it’s good to get back to playing together and get closer to having our full lineup.”

Marchand found Bergeron up high, and Bergeron let a quick wrist shot go, flicking it at the net. Linemate David Pastrnak, covered by defenseman Kyle Quincey, crossed in front of Cory Schneider just as the puck got there, screening the goaltender. Schneider said the puck hit the knob of his stick.

The win was the third in four games for the Bruins, who went 2-1-0 on their opening trip without their most reliable forward.

Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots in the Boston goal.

“I think we’re growing as a team,” said Rask, 3-0-0 with five goals against on the young season. “But I think right off the bat when everybody showed up (for training camp), we looked like we were ready to go, and everybody seemed to have the right mindset.”

Schneider, a local product who played at Boston College, was strong with 34 saves, but he fell to 1-4-2 against his hometown team.

The Devils (1-2-1) knew how close they came to getting a point.

“In this league, getting a point is a good night usually, and for us, you know every point matters when you come down the stretch,” New Jersey left winger Taylor Hall said. “So tonight is a game we’re going to have to improve on, and third periods have to be out best periods because you saw tonight’s Bruins — they turned it up in the third.”

After Bergeron scored, the Bruins had to survive the final 49.9 seconds after David Backes, making his home debut with his new team, took a roughing penalty. The Devils controlled the puck well but couldn’t get it past Rask, who has been sharp early despite playing with some aches and pains that caused him to miss the second game of the trip.

New Jersey took a 1-0 lead when Kyle Palmieri scored on the power play 4:14 into the third. The Devils, a young team that plays a tight checking game, succeeded in keeping the Bruins down until Marchand tied it.

Marchand, breaking down the right side on what looked like a harmless rush, used defenseman Andy Greene as a screen and fired a wrist shot through Greene’s legs and past Schneider on his right side.

“I was trying to shoot through his legs,” Marchand said. “I wasn’t trying to pick that corner, but I was trying to shoot through his legs and hope it went on net and either it went in or we got a rebound and try to create something.”

Both Marchand and Pastrnak are a league-leading plus-9 through four games. Backes, who centered the two wingers with Marchand out, moved to the right wing on David Krejci’s second line.

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