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Bryan Little's third-period goal was the winner as the Winnipeg Jets beat the visiting Boston Bruins 2-1 in NHL action at the MTS Centre Tuesday. Andrew Ladd scored in the first period for the Jets, his ninth of the year. Shawn Thornton scored for the Bruins three minutes into the third period. The teams played a scoreless second period.

Game preview

WINNIPEG - The Stanley-Cup champs are in town, so excuse the Winnipeg Jets if they are a little more consumed by the Boston Bruins being here than any discussion about NHL conference realignment right now.

And so the general consensus in the Jets’ dressing room Tuesday morning as to the NHL’s new conference look -- upon approval by the players’ association Winnipeg will move into a central conference with Chicago, Minnesota, St. Louis, Dallas, Nashville, Columbus and Detroit -- was along the lines of ‘looks good, but get back to us later upon further review.’

“I wasn’t expecting that,” said Jets’ centre Bryan Little. “I think most people were expecting something not as radical. It’s going to be fun for the fans, they get to see all the teams and all the players (each team will play a home and home against the entire NHL). It’s going to be interesting, especially for us… we’ve been in the Eastern Conference, that’s the only teams I’ve played against so it’s going to be different playing against those Western teams.”

Discussions about playoff formats and rivalries for the most part brought a shrug of the shoulders. But there was a collective thumbs up to the move to a division that will mean a lot less hours on the team’s charter regularly jetting to current Southeast Division places like Tampa, Sunrise, Fla. Raleigh, N.C. and Washington.

“It looks a little better,” said Kyle Wellwood. “There were some teams that have had it rough for a number of years with a lot of coast-to-coast travel and that should help them a lot.

“It’s a totally different lifestyle. I remember playing in the East and it seems like you’re home every night. You can have a quick road game during the week and you hardly notice it. Out West you get the long road trips and it’s a little more difficult.

“The travel arrangements and time zones matter to players and that’s what they corrected the most.”

“It’s going to be a lot easier for us, we don’t have to go three or four hours down to Florida and the Southeast and stay in the same time zone,” added Evander Kane.

“It’s interesting. We’ll go to a lot of different cities that I haven’t been to in the past. I like the fact that you get to do a home and home with every team in the league, that’s a good thing.”

The Jets also made a couple of roster moves on Tuesday, claiming Ben Maxwell off waivers and assigning him – along with defenceman Brett Festerling – to the St. John’s IceCaps. Maxwell , 23, had started the season in Winnipeg, but was claimed off waivers by the Anaheim Ducks. He appeared in six games with the Ducks before being put on waivers.

Festerling was taken off injured reserve and assigned to the AHL after appearing in five games with the Jets before suffering a suspected concussion.

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @WFPEdTait

History

Updated on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 1:00 PM CST: Adds game-day preview

8:14 PM: Adds first period summary

9:06 PM: Adds second period summary

11:12 PM: Adds final write through

11:22 PM: Adds quotes

December 7, 2011 at 9:57 AM: Adds slideshow

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