Winnipeg “Jetted” into Boston on Saturday night to take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. To put it simply, neither team was at their best. With skating at a minimum, it was a lackluster effort, especially from the Bruins when they allowed two quick goals halfway through the first period.
But with the clock winding down in the first stanza, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara lit the lamp and a fire underneath his team when he scored a few seconds into the Bruins’ first power play opportunity of the night. The opportunity to strike again with another power play to close out the period was short lived, as Joe Corvo took a hooking penalty to avoid a Jets breakaway. A lack of consistent first period effort has been a running theme for the last few Bruins games.
The Bruins started the second period with renewed energy and a more aggressive style of play. The Bruins had a goal disallowed around the five-minute mark of the period because the referee’s whistle had blown before the puck crossed the line. About 10 minutes later, with Winnipeg on the power play, Chris Kelly evened the game with an incredible effort and short handed goal on an assist from Rich Peverley, the 100th helper of Peverley’s career. Effort and consistency was the theme of the second period; if at first you don’t succeed try try again. The Bruins did just that with Kelly at the helm making another crazy shot and giving the Bruins a 3-2 lead heading into the 3rd period.
With the roles being reversed and frustration stemming from the Jets, the Bruins finished out the second period with a power play thanks to the Jets’ Eric Fehr, who was called for both hooking and unsportsmanlike for a four-minute double-minor. And though the Bruins didn’t capitalize, they did manage to chew up some clock.
The rest of the third period was fairly uneventful, with the Bruins holding the lead with solid and steady play. The Bruins had a few scoring chances, with the puck ringing off the post on one of those occasions and they never allowed Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec to catch a break during the last few minutes of the period. With an empty-net goal at 1:09 of the third period, Brad Marchand sealed the Jets’ fate and what ended a 4-2 Bruins victory.
The Bruins will look to start another 10 game winning streak when they travel to Toronto to take on the Leafs this coming Wednesday night for a 7:30 pm face-off.