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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Merry Christmas from the gates of Hell, I mean Newark, NJ
Yesterday could have been a disaster for New England sports fans as the Red Sox missed out on signing Mark Teixeira, who took an eight year, $180 million dollar deal to play for the Yankees. Luckily, the Bruins and Celtics continued their amazing seasons and helpled numb the pain from missing out on the great Teixeira.
The B's went on the road to face the Devils, another one of the league's hottest teams. Boston (25-5-4) walked away with a 2-0 shutout at the Prudential Center (in Newark, not the office building in downtown Boston).
Time changes most things but not the boring Devils (19-10-3). Even with Martin Brodeur out with an injury for most of the season, New Jersey still plays the low-scoring, trapping, boring-ass hockey that sent the NHL back to the stone age after the lockout.
Boston had to adapt to the Devils' style but as they've shown all season, they are the most complete team in the league that can match any opponent's gameplan.
Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas made 25 saves for his third shutout of the season and improved to 14-3-3.
The game was scoreless until the third, as Devils backup goalie Scott Clemmensen (22 saves) held the Bruins down until 49 seconds into the third when Milan Lucic (10th) scored from Zdeno Chara and Shane Hnidy.
David Krejci (13th goal) clinched it with 48 seconds left when he scored an empty-netter.
Boston gets a welcome few days off before they travel to Carolina on Saturday to face the Hurricanes.