WPG – 2
BOS – 2
WPG – 26
BOS – 26
After a high-flying middle frame, the Bruins will take a 3-2 lead into the third over Winnipeg.
Chris Kelly’s alertness and strong effort led to the tying tally with 7:28 gone in the period. With Boston on the PK, Rich Peverley got in alone on Pavelec and pushed the puck towards the Jets’ netminder. The puck remained in the crease, Kelly rushed in and pounced and buried it into the back of the net.
After the goal, Dustin Byfuglien could’ve easily earned himself an unsportsmanlike conduct call, as he knocked Kelly to the ice after the play was over. Nothing was called.
With 13:32 gone, Alex Burmistrov went off for boarding Zdeno Chara in Boston’s zone.
Boston didn’t capitalize, but less than a minute after the PP expired, it was Kelly to the rescue again. Benoit Pouliot made a great cross-zone feed to the center, who one-timed a shot past Pavelec to give the B’s a 3-2 lead.
With 1:49 remaining, Eric Fehr was guilty of hooking Patrice Bergeron. The two teams gathered after the whistle and Fehr was given an unsportsmanlike penalty. The Bruins will begin the third with 2:11 of PP time.
WPG – 2
BOS – 1
WPG – 12
BOS – 15
Twenty minutes in the books here at the Garden where the Jets lead Boston 2-1.
After a sluggish start by both teams, Winnipeg tallied twice in the span of 39 seconds.
Blake Wheeler sent the puck up to Dustin Byfuglien, who skated in and found an open Evander Kane. Kane stick-handles around Tim Thomas and tucked one in to put the Jets up 1-0.
With 9:50 left in the period, a slapper from Byfuglien sailed through traffic and beat Thomas clean to make it 2-0.
After the ever-busy Byfuglien went to the box for interfering with Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins capitalized on a power play with less than four minutes remaining, as Zdeno Chara’s blast from the point beat Ondrej Pavelec to make it 2-1.
The B’s went on the man advantage again Zach Bogosian was whistled for interference with 1:37 left, but a holding penalty on Joe Corvo negated the power play.
After firing three shots on goal in the first 91 seconds, Boston went nearly ten minutes on the nose without putting a puck on net.
Here are tonight’s pregame notes (courtesy of the Boston Bruins):
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Thomas (10-4-0, 1.85 GAA, .936 Save %)
Pavelec (7-7-4, 3.21 GAA, .898 Save %). Thomas is 6-3-0 with a 2.86 GAA
and .904 Save % in 12 career games against Winnipeg. Pavelec is 2-3-1
with a 3.74 GAA and .895 Save % in eight career games against the
CLOSING IN ON 100: The Bruins enter tonight’s game having
their last 98 consecutive home games at the TD Garden, including regular
season and playoffs.
NOTABLE STREAKS: The Bruins have taken points in their last 11
going 10-0-1 and have outscored their opponents 49-20 during this
stretch… Boston has defeated the Winnipeg franchise in eight straight
contests… Tim Thomas has won his last seven starts with his last loss
coming on October 27… Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd is on a five-game point
streak tallying 4-3=7 totals. His last goal, scored on Nov. 25 in a 3-1
win at Carolina was his 100th NHL goal…Bryan Little is on a five-game
point streak recording 4-2=6 totals.
GAMES PLAYED MILESTONES: Milan Lucic will be playing in his
career NHL game tonight while Benoit Pouliot is expected to play in his
200th. For Winnipeg, forward Nik Antropov is playing in his 700th career
TONIGHT’S CONNECTIONS: Rich Peverley played 180 games with
Thrashers from 2009-11 registering 49-75=124 totals before being traded
to Boston on February 18, 2011 with Boris Valabik for Mark Stuart and
Blake Wheeler… Stuart was drafted by Boston 21st overall in the 2003 NHL
Entry Draft and tallied 13-27=40 totals over 283 games as a Bruin, while
Wheeler played for the B’s from 2008-11 recording 50-60=110 totals
over 221 games.. Winnipeg’s Zach Bogosian attended Cushing Academy in
Ashburnham, MA from 2004-06…… Ron Hainsey played two seasons at the
University of Massachusetts Lowell from 1999-2001 tallying 13-34=47
totals over 63 games.