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Bruins drop preseason game to Devils, 1-0 – Boston Herald


With NHL jobs on the line, some of the Bruins’ youngsters played fairly well but none of them did enough to impact a positive outcome and the B’s fell, 1-0, to the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on Monday.

As they have throughout the preseason, the B’s were slow out of the gate and went down 1-0 in the first period when they got caught changing. Michael Vukojevic made a nice home run pass to to Tomas Tatar up the middle of the ice to spring him for a breakaway and the veteran lifted it over Keith Kinkaid for the one-goal lead. That stood up all night.

The B’s did have a good chance on a similar play when Jack Ahcan made a terrific pass to Craig Smith for a breakaway but Smith could not beat Vitek Vanecek between the pads.

There was no scoring in the second part, and that was a credit to Kinkaid, looking to establish himself as the lead goalie in Providence. He made a nice pad stop on Tatar and, with time winding down the in the period, he made the save of the game on a Jack Hughes one-timer.

Kinkaid would not be able to finish the game, however. He had to come out early in the third period when he made a blocker save and made contact with Nathan Bastian at the top of the crease. He went down on his right knee, tried to get back up and then had to go back down again. After a quick consultation with the trainer, he gave way to Kyle Keyser.

For a brief instant, it appeared the B’s had tied it on a Tomas Nosek goal but it was quickly waved off because of incidental contact from A.J. Greer with Vanecek.

Vanecek made a couple of good saves down the stretch and held on for the win.


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