Bruins shut out Devils, clinch final playoff berth in East


NEWARK, N.J. — The Boston Bruins clinched the final Stanley Cup Playoff berth from the MassMutual East Division with a 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Monday. 

Tuukka Rask made 20 saves, Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist, and Brad Marchand had two assists for the Bruins (31-14-6), who have won four straight and 10 of their past 12 games.

Boston moved one point ahead of the New York Islanders, who lost 4-2 to the Buffalo Sabres, for third place in the division.

Scott Wedgewood made 39 saves for the Devils (17-28-7), who had their four-game point streak end.

Rask kept the game scoreless when he stopped Janne Kuokkanen on a 2-on-1 at 5:02 of the second.

Nick Ritchie then gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 9:08 on a one-timer from low in the right face-off circle after receiving a diagonal cross-ice pass from Jakub Zboril.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 17:54 when he scored on a snap shot from the slot off a feed from Marchand, who was behind the net. 

Matt Grzelcyk extended the lead to 3-0 at 17:17 of the third period on a shot from the left point that deflected off the leg of Devils defenseman Ryan Murray.

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