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Bruins blank Jets in final pre-season tilt

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  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Good night from Saskatoon. Boston 5 Jets 0. Winnipeg's pre-season at 1-4-3. 10:30 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Patrice Bergerson a goal at 17:19, now 5-0 Boston. 10:26 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Looks like Dustin Byfuglien done for the night, with about six minutes left; went crashing into the end boards. 10:18 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Nick Johnson's point shot off the post and in, 4-0 B's. 10:09 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Rask foils Jokinen on Jets best chance of the game 10:01 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Third about to start. Bruins could be ahead 5-0 or 6-0 if they could shoot straight. 9:57 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Now at the end of the 2nd, Boston ahead 3-0 and the Jets not generating very much. 9:39 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: That was a pretty soft shift by the Jets, Byfuglien-Enstrom behind Scheifele, Kane and Setoguchi for that spell. 9:26 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Bruins pressure eventually leads to Al Montoya turnover behind the net; Jordan Caron easy deposit for a 3-0 goal for Boston 9:25 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Evander, an interference penalty messing with the defenceman on the rush. Now 4 on 4 9:20 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Bergeron gets the gate for interference; another Jets PP coming up after the TV timeout (never mind that there's no TV tonight) 9:17 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: looked fairly good but no goal 9:12 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: First Jets PP coming up. 9:09 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: 1 Period over in Saskatoon. Boston 2 Winnipeg 0. Shots Boston 9-8. Not much to be happy about in that 20 minutes if you're a Jets fan. 8:47 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: The Pardy double minor is killed. Moments later, Buff's toe drag in close goes up into the above-glass netting. 8:38 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: The goal comes after an excellent pressure shift by the Little line. Bad karma so far. 8:23 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Now 2-0 B's. A tipped shot from the point at 5:46, Johnny Boychuk gets credit. 8:20 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Scheifele line responds with good chances by Frolik and Stuart 8:16 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Not Jacob Trouba's best play on that first sequence. 8:15 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Carl Soderberg bats in loose puck after dreadful giveaway in Jets slot, 1-0 Bruins 26 seconds in. 8:14 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: The puck is down. Tuukka Rask vs. Al Montoya begins. 8:12 pm on Sep 27

  • FPTimCampbell

    @FPTimCampbell: Almost ready to start at Credit Union Centre, #NHLJets and #Bruins. Looking like far from a sellout. 7:51 pm on Sep 27

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Hi folks. Some technical issues in Saskatoon tonight in aging Credit Union Centre, but here we are. Blake Wheeler took the warmup for the Jets and looks like he will play. 7:46 pm on Sep 27

All that stands between the Jets and the regular season, now, is the final exhibition game tonight in Saskatoon.

If it seems to fans that the 2013-14 training camp has flown by, for some of the Jets players, it hasn’t flown fast enough. For instance, when media asked Zach Bogosian if he was excited to wrap up the training camp, the big blueliner nodded an emphatic yes. "Nobody likes pre-season," Bogosian said. "I don’t care who it is. If they say they do, they’re lying."

Yeah, those are just the words of a guy chomping at the bit to shoot pucks and throw hits that might actually matter, as more than just a moral victory. "You see the way it is," Bogosian said. "It’s sloppy hockey, and everyone wants to get that over with and get to the regular season… the regular season is what counts. We were working out the kinks before, but it’s just pre-season. It sucks. Not going to sugarcoat it."

So one more to go, then. The Jets will hop a plane to Saskatoon this afternoon to prepare for this final exhibition game against the Boston Bruins, but star winger Blake Wheeler won’t be dressing for the game. Though two-thirds of the top line in Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little will take the ice at Credit Union Centre, Wheeler remains out day-to-day with an injury. Upper or lower body? "He has an all-body injury," Jets coach Claude Noel joked after a short practice on Friday morning. "He’s just got some tweaks from training camp that we just want to be smart about."

Noel also described Bogosian as also day-to-day, though the blueliner skated in practice on Friday and chatted with media after the skate. None of the injuries are worrisome, Noel stressed. "I think it’s important right now that when we deal with our players right now, that we’re dealing with them looking at two things. Their health and welfare, but the other thing is, where do they stand between playing and starting the regular season?"

After tonight’s game, the Jets will head to Banff for a couple of days for a little team retreat in the Rockies, before getting set in Edmonton to open the regular season against the Oilers on Tuesday. They open their home schedule next Friday against the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

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