Winnipeg Jets Lose 2-1 to the Boston Bruins in a Shootout
Netminders Tuukka Rask and Ondrej Pavelec were brilliant throughout the game, making 26 saves each. However, it was Rask who made the difference in the shootout.
The Jets opened the scoring early in the first, just as they did against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Chris Thorburn scored on a rebound, with Paul Postma and Jim Slater collecting the assists.
Evander Kane had an opportunity to put the Jets up by two on an odd-man rush soon after, but he missed the net. Kyle Wellwood had an even better scoring chance later in the period on a breakaway, but his shot was gloved by Rask.
The Bruins tied the game late in period when Brad Marchand scored off a pretty pass from Tyler Seguin.
There was no scoring in the second. However, the Bruins applied significant pressure toward the end of the period. Marchand saw his backhanded shot hit the side of the post, and just moments later, Aaron Johnson struck iron as well.
The Bruins continued to generate scoring chances in the third and Pavelec continued to shut the door. Pavelec looked particularly brilliant during a Boston power play in the middle of the period.
The two teams exchanged a number of scoring chances late before Johnny Boychuk clipped Bryan Little with a high-stick to give the Jets the man advantage. Claude Noel took a timeout, but the Jets failed to score before the end of regulation.
Winnipeg would get another chance on the power play in overtime. Zdeno Chara was called for holding with just 1:28 remaining, as Blake Wheeler tried to pass the defenseman on the outside. Once again, the Jets wasted a great opportunity to end the game.
In the shootout, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins, while Blake Wheeler notched the lone goal for the Jets.
Bryan Little had a chance to force a fourth round of shooters, but he hit the right post.
After a disappointing 4-1 loss to the Senators in their home opener, the Jets did look better against the Bruins, but there is still plenty of work to be done.
Winnipeg's special teams, specifically the power play, has to be better. The Jets were 0-for-4 on the day, including two key man advantages late in the game. The Jets also struggled at times in their own zone and on the breakout, which led to Boston’s only goal in regulation.
The Jets kept pace in the shot department, but didn’t have the same quality scoring chances as the Bruins did. Winnipeg was also outhit 48 to 32 and beaten in the faceoff circle to 37 to 30.
The Jets are on the road again for their third game of the season on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET against the Washington Capitals.
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