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Well-Balanced Bruins Shut Down Hurting Devils, 4-1

The Boston Bruins lit up legendary New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur on Saturday night for a 4-1 win.

Rookie Jordan Caron helped the Bruins rebound from an early Devils lead by scoring his first NHL goal, picking up a Johnny Boychuk rebound. Michael Ryder put the Bruins ahead for good midway through the second period, with help from another rookie, Tyler Seguin.

A few minutes after Ryder's goal, usual enforcer Shawn Thornton scored his first goal in over a year to up the score to 3-1 in the Bruins favor. Nathan Horton and David Krejci set up Milan Lucic's goal near the end of the second to complete the scoring for the night.

Tim Thomas followed up his strong outing in Prague last weekend with 31 saves on the evening, including some acrobatic saves that showed off his recovery from off-season hip surgery. He is now 2-0 on the young season.

SBNation's own Stanley Cup of Chowderr pointed out that Ryder had one of the most productive nights of all, as he continues to prove his worth after a shaky 2009-10 season:

"Michael Ryder only saw 12:12 of ice time, but he made the most it by putting 4 shots on goal including his first goal of the season."

WEEI.com's DJ Bean says that Thomas is making a strong case for more time in net, given he is off to his best ever statistical start:

"Not to overreact to a two-game sample size, but this is statistically the best start Thomas has gotten off to in such a short stretch. He leads the league in broth goals against average (0.50) and save percentage (.984)."

The Bruins will face the Washington Capitals Tuesday night at the Verizon Center in DC.