Bruins 4 / Jets 2
The 4-2 loss, empty-net goal included, doesn't seem to have dented the Jets' attitude. They're 9-10-4 through 23 games and have played an NHL-high 15 on the road so far. Nobody's crying for the new franchise's scheduling woes, which are about to turn around. Winnipeg has a golden opportunity to make a move forward in the Eastern Conference with 13 of its next 15 games in the MTS Centre through Dec. 31.
On goals by Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien, the Jets skated out to a 2-0 lead against the defending Stanley Cup champs. But that melted away with a Zdeno Chara power-play goal, and two from Chris Kelly in the second period. One was short-handed, and it gave the hometown B's a clear victory in the special-teams game. "That's not an easy team to play against," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "They're strong one-on-one players and they defend well. They've won a Cup and I can't say it enough times, because that experience is invaluable."
All over the map was how Noel described the Jets in the second period. It was a frantic game and clearly the Bruins were better at keeping control of their emotions and making the little plays that count. The Jets were rattled throughout most of the 20 minutes and by the time it was over, Kelly had done the fatal damage.
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1. Winnipeg, Kane 10 (Byfuglien, Wheeler) 9:31
2. Winnipeg, Byfuglien 5 (Slater, Jaffray) 10:10
3. Boston, Chara 4 (Krejci, Seidenberg) 16:38 (pp)
Penalties -- Boston bench (too many men; served by Seguin) 4:26, Byfuglien Wpg (interference) 16:00, Bogosian Wpg (interference) 18:23, Corvo Bos (holding) 19:23.
4. Boston, Kelly 8 (Peverley) 7:28 (sh)
5. Boston, Kelly 9 (Pouliot, Peverley) 16:26
Penalties -- Horton Bos (tripping) 5:52, Marchand Bos (hooking) 10:45, Bogosian Wpg (delay of game) 11:52, Burmistrov Wpg (boarding) 13:32, Fehr Wpg (hooking, unsportsmanlike conduct) 18:11.
6. Boston, Marchand 8, 18:51 (en)
Penalties -- None.
Shots on goal by
Winnipeg 12 14 16 -- 42
Boston 15 11 10 -- 36
Goal -- Winnipeg: Pavelec (L,7-8-4); Boston: Thomas (W,11-4-0).
Power plays (goals-chances) -- Winnipeg: 0-4; Boston: 1-6.
Referees -- Gord Dwyer, Chris Rooney. Linesmen -- Derek Amell, Anthony Sericolo.
Attendance -- 17,565 (17,565).