Boston (39-9-7) at New Jersey (35-17-3) 7:00 p.m. EST
NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- It's not often the Boston Bruins
give up a lead in the third period.
Jumping in front of the streaking New Jersey Devils will be
imperative for the Bruins, particularly on Friday the 13th.
Boston was 26-0-2 when leading after two periods entering
Tuesday's contest against the Western Conference-leading San
Jose Sharks. After carrying a one-goal advantage into the final
session, the Bruins surrendered four tallies in the third en
route to a 5-2 loss.
It was the first time in 10 games (6-1-3) Boston failed to earn
at least one point as it continues to sit atop the Eastern
While the Bruins continue to lead the conference, the Devils
have done their best to make up ground, closing January with a
season-high eight straight wins before dropping a 5-2 decision
to the Washington Capitals on February 3.
Given its satanic mascot, it seems only fitting that New Jersey
will try to earn its third consecutive win on a day associated
with horror movies and hockey-masked killers.
After shutting out the New York Rangers on Monday, the Devils
earned their third win in four games with a 4-2 victory over the
lowly New York Islanders on Wednesday.