Round 2
Round 3
Stanley Cup Final

Loui Eriksson scores in overtime to lift Boston Bruins past Winnipeg Jets 3-2

Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 10:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

Share with your Friends

Loui Eriksson scores in overtime to lift Boston Bruins past Winnipeg Jets 3-2

WINNIPEG - Loui Eriksson sent a high shot past goalie Ondrej Pavelec to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 pre-season victory in overtime against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Ryan Spooner and Eriksson went down the ice together and Spooner sent a pass across to Eriksson, who moved the puck with his skate onto his stick to set up his first goal of the pre-season 1:46 in OT.

Niklas Svedberg stopped 26 shots for the Bruins, who improved their exhibition record to 5-1-0. Pavelec faced 33 shots for the Jets (1-3-3).

The teams play a rematch Friday in Boston.

Spooner and Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins. Devon Setoguchi and Mark Scheifele had Winnipeg's two power-play goals.

The teams were tied 1-1 heading into the third period after a scoreless second at MTS Centre.

Bergeron had the game's first goal when he took a feed from Brad Marchand and put a close, low shot past Pavelec at 3:54 of the first period for his first goal of the pre-season.

The veteran centre spent the off-season recovering from not one, but four injuries after Boston lost last year's Stanley Cup final in six games to Chicago.

During the final, Bergeron played some games with a broken rib, torn rib cartilage and a separated shoulder. He later found out he also had a collapsed lung.

Winnipeg had a good chance to tie the game shortly after Bergeron's goal when highly touted defensive prospect Jacob Trouba blasted a shot from just inside the blue-line.

However, Bruins centre Gregory Campbell splayed on the ice to block the shot. Campbell broke his right leg in Game 3 of Boston's sweep of Pittsburgh in last year's Eastern Conference finals.

Winnipeg did make it 1-1 with just under three minutes left in the opening period on a power-play goal by Setoguchi.

Bruin Matt Bartkowski blocked a shot and sent the puck back to Setoguchi, who beat Svedberg.

The scoreless second period was a good one for Svedberg, who made a number of sharp saves, especially during a Jets' late power play.

Winnipeg went up 2-1 on Scheifele's power-play goal at 4:21 of the third period.

Eric Tangradi dumped in a long shot that bounced off the end boards on the glove side of Svedberg. Scheifele picked up the puck, cut in front of Svedberg and flipped a backhand shot past the netminder for his first goal of the pre-season.

Boston only let the lead stand for two minutes after Matt Fraser stood in front of Pavelec and Spooner's shot went into the net at 6:22.

The Bruins had outshot the Jets 30-27 after regulation.

Notes: Boston scratched veterans Jarome Iginla, Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Zdeno Chara. Winnipeg sat its top line of Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler, who has a minor injury.

Quote of the Day

I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday