Jets Defeat Defending Champs; Down Bruins 2-1
The Winnipeg Jets are now a game above .500, and evened up the season series with the Boston Bruins as they downed the bears in a hard fought and entertaining 2-1 win on Tuesday night.
Once the puck dropped, the game took on a physical tone that sustained itself throughout the entire game. Winnipeg would be the first to catch a bad look from the ref on the phyiscal play as Jim Slater took a slashing call for breaking the stick of Dennis Seidenberg. Although the Bruins powerplay was very strong, they only managed to muster up one shot with the extra man.
The back and forth game continued as the two teams exchanged chances for a majority of the 1st. Winnipeg sustained major pressure at the midway point, while Boston fired everything they could at Ondrej Pavelec, including a chance from David Krejci to Nathan Horton which was everything but behind the goal line.
Shortly after the impressive push by Boston, Andrew Ladd broke out of the neutral zone and elected to shoot on a two-on-one and put it top cheese over Tuuka Rask for this 9th of the year, and a 1-0 Jets lead to go into the locker room.
Early on in the 2nd, the most penalized team in the league was on the penalty kill again as Winnipeg's Karl Klingberg took a holding penalty. Boston still couldn't manage to put the puck behind a hot Pavelec. At the 7-minute mark in 3rd, Boston was outshooting Winnipeg 10-2.
The Jets' GST Line (Glass, Slater, Thorburn) put on enough pressure after the penalty kill to warrant a chant from the crowd. The pressure continued until Tim Stapleton is called for Hooking. Unfortunately for Boston, Winnipeg's netminder was a brick wall and turned every puck aside on the Bruins powerplay.
Boston and Winnipeg picked up where they left off, as the 3rd started with the same quick pace that the teams treated the crowd to at the MTS Centre for the first 2 periods.
The Bruins would finally get on the board as Winnipeg's Jason Jaffray turned the puck over in the neutral zone to Gregory Campbell who fed Daniel Paille who fired from a tight angle to the left of Pavelec, and it found it's way home to tie the game at 1.
A scary moment for the Jets when Mark Stuart was driven hard into the boards from behind by Boston's David Krejci. Stuart would feel better while watching the game in the locker room, however.
Winnipeg would use the hit as motivation, and Bryan Little would win the ensuing face-off to spark a 2-on-1 with Andrew Ladd. Little elected to shoot and stuffed the biscuit 5-hole to put the Jets up 2-1.
It was the Ondrej Pavelec show after that, as the Winnipeg netminder turned away 12 shots in the 3rd, which included a frantic final 2 minutes as the Bruins fought hard with an empty net behind them. Pavelec would go on to stop 39 of 40 shots as the Jets defeat the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, 2-1