After Friday's emotional win against the Capitals, the Bruins seemed to have plenty of momentum rolling into Sunday evening — especially against a Devils team mired in a 1-8-0 slump and entering the second leg of a back-to-back slate.
But whether it be poor puck luck or the roster switching to decaf ahead of puck drop, the Bruins simply didn't have it on Sunday against a team they should be putting on the ropes — as Kyle Palmieri's tally at 15:23 in the third stood as the lone score of the evening in what was a 1-0 letdown for the B's at TD Garden.
Despite holding a 40-25 edge in shots on goal against the Devils, the Bruins couldn't solve New Jersey goalie Scott Wedgewood — who posted a clean sheet in his first matchup against the B's this season. Even with those lopsided totals as far as shots go, the Bruins failed to translate those attempts into quality looks — with the Devils actually holding an 11-8 edge in high-danger scoring chances in the win for the visitors.
Even on a night in which the Bruins' offense put forth a dud, it was once again a top-heavy output in terms of the shot chart — with David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron combining for 15 of the B's 40 shots on the night. Making the result even more frustrating was that a shorthanded D corps featuring the likes of Connor Clifton, Jarred Tinordi, Jakub Zboril and Urho Vaakanainen actually managed to hold its own against New Jersey, only to have another listless showing from a majority of the club's forwards result in a goose egg on the scoreboard.
In four games against the cellar-dwelling Devils, the Bruins have only lit the lamp five times.