Most Bruins fans have probably become accustomed to their team taking points out of almost every game that they lead going into the third period, after posting an impressive 32-0-0 record when leading after two in 2011-12. Unfortunately, that streak has not carried over into 2013, and last night in Winnipeg was yet another example. The Jets rallied from a 1-0 third period deficit to score three unanswered goals in the final stanza at MTS Centre, including two goals within 57 seconds to quickly grab the lead. Former Bruin Blake Wheeler had two goals, and Ondrej Pavelec was sharp in goal for the Jets, who reclaimed the Southeast Division lead with the victory. The Bruins meanwhile have now lost two games in a row in regulation for the first time this season, slipping to a mediocre 5-4-1 in their last ten games.
Much has been made of the Bruins’ power play woes this season, as entering the game it ranked second to last in the league just ahead of the New York Rangers. But tonight in Winnipeg, the man advantage was the finally difference maker for once (in a good way), as Brad Marchand took a Patrice Bergeron feed just inside the blue line and beat Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec with a nifty backhander just 36 seconds into the third period for what would turn out to be the game winning goal. Tuukka Rask turned aside 22 shots for his seventh victory of the season, helping the Bruins to improve to 9-2-2 on the season.
Game 13: Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets
Sunday, February 17th, 6pm, MTS Centre, Winnipeg
The Bruins look to get their road trip back on the right foot after a third period meltdown against the Sabres cost them their first game. This evening they’ll face a struggling Winnipeg Jets squad, who are currently tied for last place in the Eastern Conference and have lost two in a row. The black and gold squeaked out a 2-1 shootout win in their first meeting with Winnipeg on January 21st, and will be trying to take care of business in regulation this time around.
Ironically it was a post that sealed the Bruins’ 2-1 shootout win this afternoon at the Garden. Winnipeg’s Bryan Little rang iron to the right of Tuukka Rask on the Jets’ final attempt, and Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron both buried their opportunities to earn the victory.
Game 2: Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets
Monday, January 21st, 1pm, TD Garden
TV: NESN, TSN-Jets Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Fresh off their opening night defeat of the Rangers last night, the Bruins held a brief practice today ahead of their game against the Winnipeg Jets tomorrow at the Garden in a matinee match-up. The Jets will be looking to rebound from a lackluster start, dropping their opener 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators.