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Boston returned to Winnipeg for the first time since 1995 and The Jets spoiled the return with a 2-1 win over the Bruins. The Bruins took a four game winning streak into tonight’s game in Winnipeg looking to beat a team riding a two game winning streak. It was a tough game for Boston playing in a back-to-back scenario after beating the Penguins in Pittsburgh last night.
Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch tonight after missing a team breakfast and team meeting this morning, Jordan Caron skated in his place. Peter Chairelli said this wasn’t the first time but doesn’t think it will continue to be a problem. NESN showed Seguin several times during the game and he didn’t look happy, he knows he let the team down and I expect him to bounce back with a good game.
Andrew Ladd opened the scoring beating Tuukka Rask short side high blocker with a wrist shot. The only goal of the period came with a minute and a half left in the period to put the Jets up 1-0.
Boston went on a power play about five minutes into the second period and it was much more productive than the first. Several shots got through to the net and produced second chances for the Bruins but no pucks touched the back. The David Krejci line had a few shifts in a row that almost tied this game up; he has been playing better since he signed the contract extension.
Boston went on the third power play of the night with about six minutes left in the second period and again didn’t score. The Jets went on the power play a few seconds after the Bruins power play ended. Boston killed it off rather easily and a few seconds after the penalty kill David Krejci went to the box for two minutes. The Bruins entered the third period trailing by a goal. Boston had a 2-5-1 record when trailing after two periods.
Boston got on the score board a little more than three minutes into the 3rd when Dan Paille put a puck towards then net and was deflected in. Shawn Thornton got credit for the goal.
A hit from Krejci on former Bruin Mark Stuart led to a scrum and a four on four. The Jets scored soon after the puck dropped when Bryan Little beat Rask low to give Winnipeg the 2-1 lead. Tuukka kept it close when he robbed Evander Kane on what looked like an open net.
Halfway through the third the Jets went on another power play when Pouliot went to the box for tripping. The Jets got nothing on the man advantage. Benoit Pouliot came out of the box and got to the front of the net and nearly tied it up.
Milan Lucic had a great chance for the Bruins with about four minutes left in the third when he couldn’t handle a pass from Horton. If he got his stick on it he had a tap in-goal. Horton had two chances out front with a minute and a half left and couldn’t get one by Pavelec. The Bruins pulled Rask with a little more than a minute left to get the man advantage.
Boston couldn’t get it done with the goalie pulled and took 0 points for the first time since October 29 against the Habs. Ondrej Pavelec played great all night making 39 saves. Boston is back in action Thursday against the Panthers.