The puck drop had taken place seconds before when the New Jersey Devils took a very early lead on the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
Back in the opposite zone, the Devils won the face-off as Bruins pest Brad Marchand was hit high on the play. The Bruins forward was slow to get up and the change took longer than it needed to... The Devils took advantage of this opportunity and went up the ice quickly. Veteran blue liner Andy Greene was quick to read the play and spotted Damon Severson on the other side of the ice.
Danton Heinen was too late from the Bruins' line change and did not manage to catch up with Severson, who sniped the puck past Jaroslav Halak and gave the Devils the 1-0 lead 25 seconds into the first period.
The two defensemen completely stunned the Bruins and made them look like fools on the play. Cleary, Boston needed to realize it was game on and that the Devils are looking to get back on track. New Jersey has struggled since the start of the season, and is looking for a new start for the second half of the season.
All four Bruins players left on the ice to come and support their goalie appeared stunned that both blue liners managed to complete the play and score the first goal of the contest...
Marchand, who was shaken up on the play, went back to the bench to speak with trainers, however, did not miss one shift.
The Devils will look to build off this early lead.