Against the defending Cup champs, the Jets did much right but to get the points, much more was required. The defeat left the Jets 1-3 on their four-game road trip to start January, not a particularly positive follow-up to a fine December. The Jets remained in ninth in the Eastern Conference, one point back of the eighth-place Pittsburgh Penguins.
Three Wininpeg leads were not enough to make the Bruins go away. Not by a longshot. Jets goals by Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and Eric Fehr, with his first of the season, had the visitors in the lead through two periods, at 3-2. But Nathan Horton (eight seconds in), Tyler Seguin and Benoit Pouliot scored within the first 6:41 of the third, all on a variety of soft plays by the Jets, to decide the affair.
The Jets' line of Bryan Little, Ladd and Wheeler did not get the coverages right on the opening faceoff of the third, and Johnny Oduya and Toby Enstrom on defence were unable to diffuse the situation that saw David Krejci collect a puck in the Jets corner and make a spin pass to Horton for the goal after just eight seconds. That turned the tide decidedly.
Free Press ★★★
★ Nathan Horton, Bruins. Two goals, including the key one.
★★ Patrice Bergeron, Bruins. Set up two huge plays in the third.
★★★ Blake Wheeler, Jets. Still skating well, still producing.
1. Winnipeg, Ladd 14 (Bogosian, Enstrom) 16:53
2. Boston, Horton 13 (Lucic, Krejci) 19:20
Missed penalty shot -- Thorburn Wpg, 5:57.
Penalty -- Ladd Wpg (holding) 1:42.
3. Winnipeg, Wheeler 9 (Enstrom, Bogosian) 0:31
4. Boston, Thornton 4, 5:16 (penalty shot, sh)
5. Winnipeg, Fehr 1 (Stapleton) 11:11
Penalties -- Thornton Bos (illegal check to head minor) 3:05, Ference Bos (hooking) 4:38, Stuart Wpg, Thornton Bos (fighting) 10:17, Ference Bos (goaltender interference) 16:30.
6. Boston, Horton 14 (Krejci, Lucic) 0:08
7. Boston, Seguin 17 (Bergeron) 3:06
8. Boston, Pouliot 8 (Bergeron, Peverley) 6:41 (pp)
Penalties -- Ladd Wpg (interference) 5:25, McQuaid Bos (interference) 10:31, Jones Wpg (tripping) 13:05.
Power plays (goals-chances) -- Winnipeg: 0-4; Boston: 1-3.
Attendance -- 17,565 (17,565).
-- Tim Campbell