New Jersey Devils defeat Boston Bruins, 2-1

“I shouldn’t have went,’’ said Bruins winger Shawn Thornton moments after last night’s 2-1 loss to the Devils.

Thornton was referring to one first-period decision that he made in the NHL’s standard frame of play: an instant. Yet it was that decision, plus one more late mistake by the Boston defense, that saddled the Bruins with a setback on a night when they played one of their better 60-minute games this season.

And it was Thornton who led the Bruins with five shots...

It just so happened that last Friday, after an off-day practice in Ottawa, Tim Thomas tried out several chest protectors. A day later, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo suffered a hairline rib fracture when he was hit by a shot on the seam of his chest protector. It’s a feeling Thomas knows well.

“Up in here,’’ said Thomas, pointing to his armpits. “I’ve been wearing the same chest protector for a couple years. I haven’t been injured, but you still take stingers.’’

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The Bruins gave it one of their best efforts of the season against the Devils in a hard-working, 60-minute game. For that, they were rewarded with zero points.

"I thought we gave it a good, hard effort tonight," said Derek Morris. "It was one bounce that went the wrong way, which we're not happy with. We're never happy with losing games, but I was proud of the way we stuck with the program."

On the game-winning goal, Zach Parise gained position on Zdeno Chara and tip...

The Bruins are in survival mode, sipping oxygen through a straw, their game held hostage while their two biggest difference makers, Marc Savard and Milan Lucic, recover from their various broken bones.

Will it end soon? Probably not. In fact, if their goaltending softens, it could get a whole lot worse. For the present, and for most of November, maybe even a part of December, the focus of 2009-10 is on Lucic’s broken finger and Savard’s broken foot. Cups? It all about c...