Boston Bruins: 4 takeaways from 3-2 shootout win over the Devils

Jan 14, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; The Boston Bruins celebrate a goal by Boston Bruins left wing Nick Ritchie (21) during the third period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 14, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; The Boston Bruins celebrate a goal by Boston Bruins left wing Nick Ritchie (21) during the third period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 14, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Ty Smith (24) (not shown) scores his first NHL goal during the third period of their game against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 14, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Ty Smith (24) (not shown) scores his first NHL goal during the third period of their game against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports /

1. The Boston Bruins need to play a full 60 minutes and have better discipline.

The Bruins started this game off hot, dominating the Devils in every zone and in every aspect. However, they were nowhere near as aggressive in the second and third periods.

Now, the Devils did make adjustments in the first intermission, but I think the Devils getting back in this game is due to the Bruins not keeping the pedal to the metal.

While the B’s were extremely aggressive and dominated the first period, they sleep walked through the next two and even overtime. The two reasons why this game was so close on the scoreboard were New Jersey’s goalie MacKenzie Blackwood and because Boston let Jersey back into the game.

The Black and Gold were outshooting the Devils 13-3 after the first period, they finished the game up 37-22. They let up and let the Devils have the opportunities to score their two goals.

Along with not playing a full 60 minutes, Boston also took too many penalties. They gave the Devils five powerplay opportunites, including one that ended one of their own powerplays.

These ill-timed penalties can change the complexion of a game by giving the opposition momentum. This undisciplined play just cannot continue. Yes, the Bruins killed all five Devil powerplays, but that isn’t the point.

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The Bruins go at it again against the Devils tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 16. If they play a full 60 minutes and play a more discipline game, I think they’ll win by at least two goals.