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Winnipeg made some early noise, but in the end, Boston came roaring back to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2. Tim Thomas made a great 5-hole save early on during the first Winnipeg power play on a tough shot, but the Jets later came roaring through the neutral zone before Boston knew what hit them, resulting in a 1-0 lead for the Jets. And if that weren’t enough, Winnipeg put a slap shot in 39 seconds later to take a 2-0 lead. Boston was forced to take their timeout to recover, and things didn’t look good.
In the final portion of the period, though, Boston got a few good 2-on-1 opportunities that they could convert. After the tough play got them a power play on an interference call, Zdeno Chara fired in a slap shot bobbled a bit at the net to cut the deficit in half before the period’s end.
Boston nearly tied the game with 15:17 left in the 2nd, and should have. They put the puck in the goal in a scramble, but the referees had blown the puck dead immediately on the scramble’s beginning, robbing Boston of the tying goal. Boston did end up getting the tying goal shortly thereafter on a shorthanded bid. They had several such bids before Chris Kelly tucked in a goal after Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec was sprawled out following a save. Kelly also gave Boston the lead late in the 2nd on a quick attack.
The Bruins kept up the pressure in the 3rd, forcing Pavelec to make some great saves before Winnipeg got their chance at Thomas. Adam McQuaid did his best impression of a secret service agent leaping in front of an assassin’s bullet at the time to knock away a shot while Thomas was occupied.
Neither side could do anything despite many opportunities from then on out, but when Winnipeg had to pull their goalie to try to make up the goal on their deficit, Boston immediately seized the puck and tucked in an empty net insurance goal that put the game too far out of reach for Winnipeg.
Sadly, there were no fights. Almost, though.
“We weren’t really skating; we were doing a lot of watching.” – Claude Julien on why he used Boston’s timeout after going down 2-0 early
|9:31||WPG||EVANDER KANE (10) BACKHAND – ASST: D. BYFUGLIEN (11) AND B. WHEELER (11)|
|10:10||WPG||DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN (5) SLAP – ASST: J. SLATER (2) AND J. JAFFRAY (1)|
|16:38||BOS||PPG – ZDENO CHARA (4) SLAP – ASST: D. KREJCI (7) AND D. SEIDENBERG (4)|
|7:28||BOS||SHG – CHRIS KELLY (8) WRIST – ASST: R. PEVERLEY (9)|
|16:26||BOS||CHRIS KELLY (9) SLAP – ASST: B. POULIOT (1) AND R. PEVERLEY (10)|
|18:51||BOS||EN – BRAD MARCHAND (8) WRIST – ASST: NONE|
|4:26||BOS||TYLER SEGUIN : TOO MANY MEN/ICE – BENCH – 2 MIN|
|16:00||WPG||DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN : INTERFERENCE – 2 MIN|
|18:23||WPG||ZACH BOGOSIAN : INTERFERENCE – 2 MIN|
|19:23||BOS||JOE CORVO : HOLDING – 2 MIN|
|5:52||BOS||NATHAN HORTON : TRIPPING – 2 MIN|
|10:45||BOS||BRAD MARCHAND : HOOKING – 2 MIN|
|11:52||WPG||ZACH BOGOSIAN : DELAYING GAME-PUCK OVER GLASS – 2 MIN|
|13:32||WPG||ALEXANDER BURMISTROV : BOARDING – 2 MIN|
|18:11||WPG||ERIC FEHR : HOOKING – 2 MIN|
|18:11||WPG||ERIC FEHR : UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT – 2 MIN|
|WPG||Ondrej Pavelec (L)||32/35||59:04|
|BOS||Tim Thomas (W)||40/42||60:00|
Tags: Adam McQuaid, Benoit Pouliot, Brad Marchand, Bruins, Chris Kelly, Claude Julien, David Krejci, Dennis Seidenberg, Joe Corvo, Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley, Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin, Winnipeg Jets, Zdeno Chara