Bruins double up Jets
The Winnipeg Jets closed out their 3-game road trip on Saturday night with a visit to the defending Stanely Cup Champion Boston Bruins.
The Jets would generate some quality chances early on in the first, as the Bruins took a bench minor for too many men. Winnipeg managed 4 shots on the power-play but Tim Thomas made sure the Jets stayed off the scoreboard.
Momentum was still in the favor of Winnipeg as they opened the scoring midway through the first when Evander Kane stuffed home a pass from Dustin Byfuglien to take the lead, something that has become the norm for the Jets this season.
39 seconds later, Byfuglien fired a shot from the point to put the Jets up by 2 goals in the opening frame.
Before the period was over, Dustin Byfuglien found himself in the sin bin for interference and the Bruins would find their way on the score sheet as big man Zdeno Chara blasted a puck past Ondrej Pavelec on the power-play to cut the lead in half.
The Jets took a 2-1 lead going into the 2nd period, but it would soon become the Chris Kelly show as the Toronto native burst through a weak Winnipeg power-play to stuff home a rebound and score a shorthanded marker to tie the game up at 2.
With just over 3-minutes remaining in the 2nd, Benoit Pouliot set Chris Kelly, who was winding up and fired home a one-timer that put the Bruins on top for the first time.
As the 3rd period cruised along, the Bruins tied up the neutral zone and didn't allow Winnipeg many chances at tieing up the tilt. Coach Claude Noel managed to get enough pressure to pull Pavelec from the net, but it wasn't long before Boston's Brad Marchand found the empty cage to seal the deal.
Team Notes: Winnipeg will now return home and play 13 of 15 games in December at home in the MTS Centre. The Jets are 5-3-0 when playing on front of their sold out buildng of 15,004. Ron Hainsey did not play in Boston due to an injury sustained against the Capitals on Wednesday night. Dustin Byfuglien continues to lead the team in penalty minutes, however he still manages to put up offense. He is 3rd in the league in shots for defencemen and 2nd on the team in point production. Andrew Ladd and Kyle Wellwood had 4 and 5 game point scoring streaks heading into Saturday, but both were kept off the board.