Devils coach Peter DeBoer expressed his frustration over what he felt should've been a penalty prior the Bruins' go-ahead goal Thursday night.
Seconds before Nathan Horton's power-play goal at 7:10 of the third period broke a 1-all tie, the Boston winger knocked into Matt Taormina at the blue line, sending the New Jersey defenseman sprawling to the ice.
"That was a blatant interference at the blue line. Our defenseman falls down and they choose to ignore it. That's the game right there," DeBoer said after his team's 4-1 loss.
The Devils were short-handed because right winger David Clarkson was sent off for hooking.
"Questionable penalty," center Patrik Elias said.
The Devils played two phenomenal periods -- holding the Bruins to just 12 shots -- and carried a one-goal lead into the final frame, but were unable to hold it. Defenseman Mark Fayne's shot from the right point hit the left post at 1:13, and Andrew Ference capitalized on a defensive coverage miscue 1:48 later to tie the game at 1.
Horton scored to give Boston the lead for good, and 35 seconds later, Gregory Campbell took advantage of a turnover by Elias in his own end to make it 3-1. The Bruins wound up with 13 shots in the third period.
"They're the Stanley Cup champions for a reason," DeBoer said.
After being blown out of their own building by Boston on Jan. 4, DeBoer was proud of his team's effort.
Unfortunately, the Devils imploded late and weren't able to make a statement.
The gap between the Devils and the Bruins is still a massive one.