Patrice Bergeron, Bruins blank Devils to clinch playoff spot

  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates with left wing Brad Marchand (63) after scoring their second goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Monday, May 3, 2021, in Newark, N.J. Marchand got the assist on the goal. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save on a shot with Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton (75) defending against New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, May 3, 2021, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • Boston Bruins center Sean Kuraly (52) skates over to congratulate teammate Nick Ritchie (21) after Ritchie scored the Bruins first goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Monday, May 3, 2021, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • New Jersey Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood (41) makes a save with Boston Bruins center Sean Kuraly (52) in front of the crease and Devils right wing Nathan Bastian, right, looking on during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, May 3, 2021, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) trips as Boston Bruins center Curtis Lazar (20) tries to keep Hischier from the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, May 3, 2021, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • Boston Bruins center Karson Kuhlman (83) ducks as New Jersey Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood (41) makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, May 3, 2021, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) looks over his shoulder as New Jersey Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood (41) makes a save with Devils center Jack Hughes (86) looking on during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, May 3, 2021, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • From left, Boston Bruins Brad Marchand, (63), center Patrice Bergeron (37), right-wing David Pastrnak (88), and defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) celebrate a goal by Bergeron during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Monday, May 3, 2021, in Newark, N.J. Bruins defenseman Jakub Zboril (67) looks on. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

Associated Press
Published: 5/3/2021 10:14:57 PM

NEWARK, N.J. — Captain Patrice Bergeron scored his 20th goal 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.

Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots for his second shutout of the season and Nick Ritchie broke a scoreless tie in the second period as the Bruins won their fourth straight game and ended the Devils’ three-game winning streak.

Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk scored on a deflection off Devils defenseman Ryan Murray late as the Bruins won for the 10th time in 12 games. Brad Marchand, who was playing in his 800th NHL game, and Bergeron got the assists on the third goal.

The win was the sixth in a row for Rask.

Boston got off to a dominating start. The Bruins took the first 11 shots of the game and limited New Jersey to nine in the first 40 minutes in taking a 2-0 lead. The Bruins finished with a 42-20 shots advantage.

Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood gave New Jersey a chance, stopping all 16 shots in the first period and 35 of 37 in the first 40 minutes. He finished with 39 saves.

Ritchie got the game’s opening goal at 9:08 of the second period, taking a cross-ice pass by defenseman Jakub Zboril and beating Wedgewood with a one-timer from the right circle.

Bergeron’s 20th was a perfect play by the “Perfection Line”. Marchand got the puck from David Pastrnak, skated around the Devils’ net and found Bergeron alone in front.

Rask’s toughest saves of the game came against Devils captain Nico Hischier. He made a pad save on a breakaway in the first period and stopped a backhand in close with under five minutes to play.

PROMOTED

The Devils called up forward A.J. Greer from Binghamton on Monday and he was in the lineup. He was acquired from the Islanders in the deal that sent Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac to New York. This was his first NHL game in two years. His night ended in the third-period fight against Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton.

NOTES: Bruins D Mike Reilly got a night off after an 11-game run after being acquired from Ottawa. ... Zboril was in the lineup for the first time in seven games. ... Devils F Mikhail Maltsev missed the game. He sustained a lower-body injury after being hit by a shot in Philadelphia on Saturday. ... Devils coach Lindy Ruff said D P.K. Subban and Jonas Siegenthaler are getting closer to skating with the team after being sidelined by COVID-19.

NEXT

The teams finish their eight-game season series here Tuesday night. The Devils lead 4-1-2, while the Bruins are 3-3-1.




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