NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 19: Patrik Elias #26 and goaltender Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils defend the net against Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins at the Prudential Center on January 19, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Some habits die hard. Luckily for the Bruins it was a good habit, namely their ability to put together a good third period, that powered a come -from-behind win against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night at the Prudential center.
The fourth line was the catalyst tonight with Gregory Campbell scoring the game-winning goal and Shawn Thornton picking up two assists. It was also a rebound game for goaltender Tim Thomas who held the Devils to one goal, making 30 saves in the win.
Third Time is the Charm
The Bruins went back to their old ways at the Rock, once again dominating the third period. Over the past few games that dependability during crunch time had disappeared from their game. To be honest, through the first two periods it looked like that trend was going to continue. The Bruins looked flat and uninterested up until Nathan Horton's and Campbell's goals. Both goals came in less than a minute, the 14th time the Bruins were able to do that, another habit that made a welcome return Thursday night.
Horton is Hearing it
Horton's third-period strike was his fifth in his last five games. Ever since getting called out by head coach Claude Julien Horton as been shooting more and seeing the back of the net way more often. Horton is one to who needs to be motivated throughout the season and Julien's subtle jab has certainly lit a fire under the winger.
On the night that Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley made their return to the Bruins' lineup it was the fourth line that did the heavy lifting. Campbell's goal in the third capped a Gordie Howe hat trick and his line as a whole were ruthless on the forecheck, their speed and grit was exactly what had been missing during the so called "mini-slump" and hopefully it will set an example for when the Rangers make their way to Boston.
The Bruins return to the TD Garden Saturday afternoon for a matinee showdown with the East leading New York Rangers.