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Boston Bruins blank Winnipeg Jets 5-0 in final pre-season game for both teams

Friday, 09.27.2013 / 11:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Boston Bruins blank Winnipeg Jets 5-0 in final pre-season game for both teams

SASKATOON - The Boston Bruins carved out a 5-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, in the final pre-season game for both teams.

This was Boston's second victory over the Jets in as many nights, following a 3-2 win at Winnipeg.

The Bruins pulled off to an early lead, scoring twice in the opening six minutes.

Carl Soderberg opened the scoring, assisted by some slick passing from line mates Chris Kelly and Reilly Smith.

This was followed up by Johnny Boychuk, who put one past Winnipeg netminder Al Montoya glove side from inside the blue line.

Winnipeg struggled to generate any offensive momentum, generating only four shots in the second period and three in the third.

Jordan Caron racked up the Bruins third goal of the night 13 minutes into the second, assisted by Nick Johnson, during a scramble that caught Jets goalie Montoya briefly behind his net.

Nick Johnson made it 4-0 midway through the third period with a high slapshot from the blue line, with assists from Boychuk and Matt Bartkowski.

Patrice Bergeron put away a demoralizing fifth goal for Boston in the final minutes.

Some 12,500 of the 15,190 seats at Saskatoon's Credit Union Centre were filled, with the crowd cheering overwhelmingly for Boston.

Boston showed lots of offensive zing, seeming to have suffered little from the departure of longtime scoring stalwart Jaromir Jagr. He joined the New Jersey Devils on a one-year contract during the off-season.

Boston captain Zdeno Chara and longtime Calgary Flames star Jarome Iginla displayed some good chemistry on the power play, setting up multiple scoring chances but failing to produce a goal this game.

Tuukka Rask made 20 saves for the shutout.

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