Milan Lucic scores 30th goal, Tim Thomas gets 30th win as Bruins defeat Devils

DJ Bean
March 22, 2011 - 5:22 pm

The Bruins took a step toward ending the funk they have found themselves in of late, defeating the Devils, 4-1, at TD Garden Tuesday night. Shawn Thornton, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi provided the goals for the B's,with Chara's serving as Boston's first 5-on-4 goal since Feb. 18. The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power play, with four Devils penalties coming in the second period. Lucic's third-period goal was his 30th of the season, and he gives the B's their first 30-goal scorer since Phil Kessel in the 2008-09 season. Both Lucic and Chara had two-point performances. The Devils opened the scoring in the first period, with Ilya Kovalchuk beating Tim Thomas on the power play for his 27th goal of the season. Brad Marchand made his return to the Bruins' lineup after serving a two-game suspension for an elbow on Columbus forward R.J. Umberger last week. Marchand saw time on both lines he has frequented this season, skating with both the Merlot Line and the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi. The B's will face Montreal next, as the Canadiens will be at the Garden Thursday night in the first meeting between the two teams since an ugly 4-1 Bruins loss on March 8. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS - One big injury scare was avoided. David Krejci left the ice early in the third period after getting hit in the lower body with a shot, and after a few minutes on the bench was able to return to the ice. With everybody so concerned with the team's struggles, it would be hard to imagine them suffering an injury to a player like Krejci. After all, it hurt them badly enough last postseason. - Thornton's season-worst goal-less streak is over at 19 games, and it's funny to think that 19 games would be a long time for a guy who went 69 straight games without a goal a season ago. With the victory, the B's are now 7-1-0 in games in which the B's enforcer has scored. The one game that they did lose featured perhaps Thornton's most clutch tally of the season, as he tied the score at three after the team trailed the Capitals, 3-0, on Nov. 5 (the Capitals would end up taking the game, 5-3). - Yes, the power play finally scored, but even without the goals, being given four power plays in a period is an easy way to swing momentum. The B's were suffocated by having to spend too much time on the kill back on March 10 against the Sabres, but they were able to see the other side of it Tuesday. - The win was Thomas'€™ first in five games, as he came in 0-2-2 in his previous four starts. That stretch marked the first time Thomas had gone four starts without a win all season and the first time he had given up three or more goals in four straight starts. Tuesday night, Thomas appeared to return to form, saving 30 of the 31 shots he faced. He was especially sharp early when the Devils registered 12 of the game's first 13 shots. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS - While the number of penalties swung in favor of the Bruins, Gregory Campbell heading to the bin at 8:51 of the third period while holding onto a one-goal lead can't have Claude Julien thrilled. Campbell brings a ton to this Bruins team, but this isn't the first time he's taken a third-period penalty in a close game. - How about opening the game by being outshot, 12-1? Not what you're looking for, but the Bruins were able to make their third shot of the game count thanks to Thornton's tally, and they really made their statement in the second period. After being outshot, 16-6 in the first period, the B's had a 17-8 advantage in the second period thanks to the time they saw on the power play. - The power play isn't the only area that has struggled recently. After allowing Kovalchuk's first-period goal, the B's have allowed seven power play goals over the last seven games.