Boston Bruins Take Flight: Winnipeg Jets Grounded

Cory DuceyAnalyst IIINovember 26, 2011

The Boston Bruins hosted the Winnipeg Jets as they played their début in the Garden since the franchise re-entered the league.

The last time that the team named the Winnipeg Jets played the Bruins was at Winnipeg on December 31, 1995.  The last time the Jets played the Bruins at the Garden was on November 21, 1995.

So it's been just over 16 years since the Jets visited Boston ice.

The Jets came out firing.

Just before the halfway mark of the first period, Evander Kane opened up the scoring.

Dustin Byfuglien  shot the puck towards the net and Kane dove at it, deflecting it in to make it count past Tim Thomas.

Just 39 seconds later, Dustin Byfuglien scored on a slap shot to give the Jets a quick 2-0 lead with just over 10 minutes of game played.

2-0, Jets.

Near the end of the  period, Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara ripped one from the point on the power play to put the game within one.

In the early part of the second period, the Bruins were on the penalty kill, but the play was in the Bruins' favor as they were rushing up the ice short-handed.

Rich Peverley was trying to get the puck on net but was muscled off.  The puck bounced off Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec's left side.  That resulted in a wide open right side for a charging Chris Kelly, who buried it and the game was knotted up at two.

With less than three minutes in the second period, Kelly got a nice pass in an open lane from Benoit Pouliot.  Kelly ripped a shot from about the faceoff circle, beating Pavelec, giving him a two-goal night.   It completed the comeback, with the score 3-2, Bruins.

The final frame ended with the Jets trying to get an extra attacker on, knot up the score and force overtime.  Just as they got the extra man on, Brad Marchand popped the dagger-goal in the empty net from center ice to make it 4-2, Bruins.

That now makes it 12 straight games where the Bruins have earned at least a point.  They now have 23 out of a possible 24 points for the month of November.

This was Thomas' busiest night so far this season, stopping 40 of 42 shots to earn the win.

Not to take anything away from the Jets, they applied pressure and caught the Bruins with their pants down in the first period.  In the final frame, they applied pressure again and Kane nearly tied it if not for Thomas sticking out the leg not once but twice in the same sequence.

This may not be a team ready for the playoffs just yet, but with this current squad and some minor tweaking, they are not far behind.

The month will be finished up with the first half of a home-and-home series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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