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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

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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 Loui Eriksson is a player that can be even better than he was last year. I think we started seeing that at the end of the year, and he could be a replacement for Jarome as a possibility.

— Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien on forward Loui Eriksson's potential