Bruins Wrap: David Pastrnak, Matt Grzelcyk Score Twice In Win Vs. Devils


The Bruins weren’t about to go on another losing streak.

Boston potted three unanswered goals in the third with help from two defensemen and the league-leading scorer, eventually lifting the B’s to a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

Matt Grzelcyk (twice), David Pastrnak (twice) and Connor Clifton notched the goals for Boston, while Blake Coleman accounted for New Jersey’s lone tally at Prudential Center.

Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots, while Mackenzie Blackwood turned away 23.

With the win, the Bruins moved to 13-3-5, while the Devils fell to 7-9-4.

Here’s how it all went down.

The Bruins looked poised to go ahead in the opening minutes of the first when Jake DeBrusk was all alone on his first shift back after missing five games, but Blackwood denied the shot to keep things scoreless.

Boston successfully killed off a DeBrusk tripping penalty and immediately found the back of the net not once, but twice in less than 20 seconds.

First, David Krejci backhanded a pass to Brad Marchand who fed the puck to Grzelcyk. He then wristed it top corner by Mackenzie Blackwood for the 1-0 lead.

Just 14 seconds later, Marchand fed the puck to Pastrnak at the faceoff dot. Pastrnak then hammered it home to make it 2-0 and extend his league-leading goals to 18.

The B’s found themselves up 2-0 at the end of 20, with Boston holding a slim 6-5 shot advantage over the Devils.

It looked as if Boston was going to take a 2-0 lead into the third, but the Devils finally got on the board with 1:49 left in the second.

Charlie McAvoy lost Coleman down the slot put forth a tremendous effort and it resulted in a beautiful backhanded goal to cut the Bruins’ lead to 2-1.

That’s the only goal the middle stanza featured, as the B’s held on for the one-goal lead heading into the third.

Boston edged the Devils 18-16 in shots.

Much like the first, it was Grzelcyk and Pastrnak who helped build the Bruins.

P.K. Subban went off for tripping and Pastrnak beat Blackwood with a blistering slapshot from the top of the power play formation to make it 3-1.

Then it was time for Grzelcyk to pot his second goal after he faked out Subban with a toe drag before going bar down from the dot for the 4-1 edge.

But Clifton wanted in on the offensive fun, and did just that when Anders Bjork dished it to his teammate at the point before the defenseman lit the lamp for the second time this season and to give Boston a 5-1 cushion before the eventual win by the same score.

The Bruins return home Thursday for a game against the Buffalo Sabres. Puck drop from TD Garden is set for 7 p.m. ET.

Thumbnail photo via John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports Images

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