BRUINS 19-5-3 (41 pts) AT JETS 15-12-2 (32 pts)
10:38 p.m. - Postgame: BOS 1, WPG 3
B's Fall to Jets: The Bruins were unable to overcome three third period goals (one empty net goal) by the Jets to lose their second consecutive game on the road. The Bruins will continue their four-game road stretch in Ottawa on Thursday to take on the Senators at 7:30 pm ET.
Wheeler's Empty Netter: The Bruins pulled Rask in the final seconds of the third in a last effort to generate offense but were unsuccessful with Blake Wheeler notching an empty net goal (second of the game) to seal the win for the Jets.
Kane Puts Jets up One: Just 57 seconds after Wheeler's first goal, Evander Kane was able to hammer home a loose rebound that slipped about a foot away from Rask to put the Jets up one. That goal was Kane's 12th of the year with assists coming from Clitsome (7) and Wellwood (6).
Wheeler Ties It: At 10:08 into the third period Jordan Caron went to the box for hooking sending the Bruins on the power play for the second time on the night. Blake Wheeler was able to redirect a shot from Begosian past Rask to tie the game 1-1. Not much Rask could have done on that play with two Jets screening and the puck taking a change of direction on the way in. Good execution by the Jets. Wheeler's power play goal (13th goal this season) snaps the Bruins penalty killing streak at 27.
Bruins go on the PP: At 7:13 into the third, Grant Clitsome was called for tripping after taking down Daniel Paille who came flying through neutral ice and into the Jets zone. If Clitsome had not taken down Paille when he did, it would have led to a breakaway chance on Pavelec. Patrice Bergeron spearheaded one of the better chances on the power play and threw a cross-ice pass to Chara who was pinching down through the left face-off circle but Pavelec made a strong left to right push to stone Chara who was unable to elevate the puck high enough to slip it in.
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Next Game: The Bruins play again this Thrusday against the Senators in Ottawa at 7:30 p.m. ET
9:40 p.m. - 2nd Intermission Snapshots: BOS 1, WPG 0
B's go on PK: At 15:23 into the second period, Dougie Hamilton was called for interference sending the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time tonight. The B's league leading PK units continued their recent streak of success and were able kill off their 27th straight penalty without allowing a goal. The Bruins even had more chances shorthanded than the Jets did throughout the course of their power play.
Rask Perfect Again: Tuukka Rask carried his strong first period play into the second, stopping seven shots (16 saves total) to keep the Jets scoreless through two frames. Rask remained focused in the final minute of the second period and was able to cancel out a three-on-two chance, with Dustin Byfuglien finding former Bruin Blake Wheeler out in front of the net for a point blank chance. Rask was sure to cover.
Faceoff Wins: The Bruins are leading the Jets through two period winning 56-percent of the faceoffs with Rich Peverley (3/5, 60%) and Bergeron (9/15, 60%) leading the way. Of the five Bruins to take faceoffs this game, only one (Nathan Horton, 0/1) is under a 50-percent success rate. Ryan Spooner, in his second NHL game, is 5-for-7 (57%). If you just consider the defensive zone, the Bergeron is near perfect, winning 7-of-8, Campbell is 2-for-3, Peverley is a perfect 2-for-2 and Spooner is 2-for-4.
Marchand Scores: Just eight seconds into the second period, Marchand took full advantage of a Jets miscue by Zach Bogosian to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Bogosian intended to send the puck around the deep end of his own zone but took too sharp of an angle in his attempt to send it around the boards and the puck bounced out toward the short side of the Jets' net. Marchand was able to pounce on the rebound after it bounced off the net and in front of Pavelec to give the B's an early lead in the second period. That goal was the 13th of the season for Marchand, which currently leads all Bruins. Great awareness by the winger after Patrice Bergeron had actually lost the initial faceoff at center ice.
8:57 p.m. - 1st Intermission Snapshots: BOS 0, WPG 0
Boston PP Chances: The Bruins went on their first power play at 9:29 into the first with Jets forward James Wright getting called for holding on B's defenseman Johnny Boychuk. The B's showed plenty of aggressiveness and great puck movement on their first power play but were unable to sustain enough pressure to get any shots on net through the Jets defense. The Bruins went on their second power play at 17:06 into the first period after Winnipeg's Alexander Burmistrov was called for interference on Boychuk out in front of the Bruins crease, after the two were battling for position. The Jets were able to kill off the penalty once again without allowing one Bruins shot on net.
Rask Strong Through One: B's goaltender Tuukka Rask had a solid first period stopping all nine Jets shots on net, including a beautiful kick save on a turnaround shot from Eric Tangradi who let one fly from the slot.
Spooner's First Period: In the first period of his second NHL game, Spooner skated in seven shifts logging 5:07 minutes of ice time skating alongside Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, including 1:24 on the power play. Spooner registered one shot on goal that period and won all three of his faceoff attempts. Naoko Funayama of NESN met with Spooner in the first intermission and he had this to say about his play in the first period:
"In the first period today I felt good. I'm lucky to play with some really good players today too so that helps.."
Spooner than elaborated on the advice Lucic and Horton gave him, "Just play my game and keep things simple, tried to do that and I thought I played ok."
B's Best Chance: The best chance of the first period came from Zdeno Chara and the Bergeron line. Marchand began the play deep in the Jets zone but was quickly swarmed by two Jets players. Marchand opted to pass the puck out to Chara, who was patrolling the blueline, and let a shot go instantly, which deflected out wide right to Bergeron. Bergeron one timed the deflected puck nearly beating Pavelec but the Jets netminder was able to get his left forearm on the puck to turn it aside, keeping the game scoreless.
McQuaid Update: Via @NHLBruins: "Adam McQuaid will not return to tonight's game (upper body injury) ^BB"
7:40 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS at WPG
Matchup: Tonight's tilt between the Bruins and Jets is their third and final matchup of the season with Boston looking to sweep the season series after taking two victories over Winnipeg earlier this year. Both teams are coming off losses in tonight's matchup and will look to bounce back with just less than half of the schedule remaining before the playoffs.
Starting Goaltenders: Rask (14-3-3, 1.92 GAA, .928 Save %) vs. Pavalec (12-12-2, 2.80 GAA, .904 Save %). Rask is 7-3-0 with a 2.08 GAA and .925 Save % with two shutouts in 10 career games against Winnipeg. Pavalec is 4-6-2 with a 3.10 GAA and .910 Save % in 14 career games against Boston.
Bruins vs Jets Lifetime: The Bruins and Jets will meet for the 50th time tonight with the B’s holding a 30-14-2-4 record and a 163-147 scoring advantage in those games (Includes totals as Atlanta Thrashers). The Bruins hold a 13-10-0-2 record on the road against the Jets but Winnipeg holds a slight 73-71 scoring edge. In the last 20 meetings the two franchises, the B's hold a 16-3-1 record.
Rask vs Jets: Tuukka Rask has been solid in two games between the pipes against Winnipeg this season earning two wins while stopping 48 of 51 shots (1.44 GAA, .941 Save %). In his last four starts, Rask has only given up five goals, stopping of 98 of 103 shots.
Puck Possession: The Bruins currently lead the NHL in faceoff percentage winning puck drops at a 57.4% rate. Leading the way for the B's is reigning Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron who is ranked first in the league in faceoffs with a success rate of 61.9%.
Spooner Recalled: The B's recalled Ryan Spooner from Providence (American Hockey League) on an emergency basis with David Krejci being listed as day-to-day after catching a slap shot from Johnny Boychuk in the lower body and Chris Kelly out indefinitely after suffering a fractured tibia. This mark's Spooner's second NHL recall with this first coming on February 4. Read the full release on Spooner's recall here.
Milestones Approaching: Brad Marchand is expected to play in his 200th NHL game tonight, all of which have come in a Bruins sweater.
Bruins PK: The Bruins have killed off their last 26 penalties coming into today’s game with their last power play goal allowed on March 3 against the Montreal Canadiens. This is the B’s third streak of 20-plus straight kills this season. (24, Jan. 19 - 29; 27, Feb. 6 – 28).
Boston: PP: 13-for-78 (16.7%, T-19th NHL), PK: 94-for-101 (93.1%, 1st NHL)
Winnipeg: PP: 12-for-85 (24.3%, 4th NHL), PK: 68-for-88 (77.3%, 27th NHL).