BOSTON BRUINS (27-12-2) vs. WINNIPEG JETS (19-19-5)
3:27 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 4, WPG 1
BRUINS DEFEAT THE JETS: The Boston Bruins defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon to cap of the homestand. The Bruins received goals from Daniel Paille, Torey Krug (2) and Reilly Smith in the effort, with Tuukka Rask making 36 stops on 37 shots for his 21st win of the year. The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday against the Ducks in Anaheim. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. ET on NESN.
QUAIDER DROPS 'EM: With 6:20 to go in the first period, Adam McQuaid and former Bruin Mark Stuart dropped the mitts in arguably the most spirited bout of the afternoon matinee. Both players got their fair share of licks in before they were separated and sent to the sin bin for the third fight of today's game (See below: Chara vs. Thorburn & Fraser vs. Wright)
SMITTY WHACKS IN THE REBOUND: Reilly Smith increased the B's lead to 4-1, when he whacked in a rebound from a Brad Marchand shot for his team leading 15th goal of the season at 9:59. Marchand is credited with his 11th assist on the goal along with Patrice Bergeron who earns his 15th. Bergeron extends his point-streak to five games with the assist, giving him one goal and five assists during that span.
BRUINS GET A POWER PLAY: The Bruins were awarded a man-advantage when Winnipeg's Tobias Enstrom was whistled for tripping at thr 14:52 mark. The Bruins second power play saw the best opportunity from Reilly Smith, when he was hit with a pass on the left wing while streaking in backdoor, but was unable to convert with a sprawled out Pavelec taking away any high-percentage angles Smith had available to him. Winnipeg was able to escape the penalty unscathed, still trailing 3-1 with 12:52 to go in the game.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday against the Ducks in Anaheim. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. ET on NESN.
2:29 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 3, WPG 1
DOUGIE TO THE BOX FOR SLASHING: With 44.6 seconds to go in the second period, Doguie Hamitlon was called for slashing and sent to the box to serve the two-minute minor. The Bruins were able to hold off the Winnipeg pressure for the closing seconds of the frame, but will have 1:16 to kill off to begin the third period of play.
KRUG CONVERTS ON ANOTHER: The Bruins increased their lead when Torey Krug ripped another shot from the left faceoff circle on Pavelec, with Carl Soderberg screening in front, which appeared to deflect off a Winnipeg player, to the back of the net. Krug picks up his third point of the game (2-1=3 totals today) with that goal marking a career single game high in points. McQuaid picks up the assist for his fourth of the year, along with Soderberg who collects his 15 helper of the campaign.
KRUG PUTS B'S AHEAD: Defenseman Torey Krug gave the Bruins a a 2-1 lead when he ripped a slapshot from the top of the right faceoff circle past Pavelec at 3:08 into the second period. Justin Florek, making his NHL debut, was key on the play, providing a net front presence to block the vision of the Winnipeg goaltender, giving the puck a chance to get through. Daniel Paille is credited with the assist on the play giving him a goal and an assist in today's game. Both Krug and Paille have multiple point games.
1:59 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, WPG 1
PAILLE KNOTS IT UP: Daniel Paille knotted the game up with 5:54 to go when he converted on a cross-ice pass from Torey Krug, from the bottom of the right faceoff circle, for his sixth goal of the season. Krug's primary assist gives him his 13th helper of the season, while Gregory Campbell collects the secondary assist for his fifth of the year.
BYUFGLIEN GIVE JETS 1-0 LEAD: The Winnipeg Jets took a 1-0 lead when Dustin Byfuglien beat Tuukka Rask with a wrister while skating laterally at center ice just north of the faceoff circles in the B's zone. The unassisted goal marks Byfuglien's ninth goal of the season.
PAILLE OFF FOR GOALTENDER INTERFERENCE: At the 14:09 Paille was called for goaltender interference when he collided with Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec while crashing the net, putting the PK back to work for the second time today. Once again, however, the Bruins were able to fend off the Jets man-advantage to kill off their second minor of the game. With 12:08 to go in the first, the game remains scoreless.
FIGHT NIGHT: At the 16:44 mark B's Captain Zdeno Chara dropped the mitts with Winnipeg's Chris Thorburn, which saw both combatants exchange a few blows before Chara lost his balance, dragging the two to the ground. Two seconds after play resumed following the Captain's bout, Matt Fraser dropped the mitts for the second time this season up against the Jets' James Wright. Following the fight, both players were escorted to their respective penalty boxes to serve their five minute fighting majors. The Bruins have compiled a 56-26-3 record since 2011-12 in games in which they have had a fighting penalty, including a 13-6-0 mark this season.
B'S GO ON THE PK: Just 22 seconds into the game the Bruins penalty kill was put to the test when Zdeno Chara was whistled for roughing on former Bruin Blake Wheeler. The B's managed to keep the Jets from generating much momentum and were able to successfully able to kill of the minor to Chara without any damage done. With the kill, the B's PK improves to 114-134 on the season.
12:43 p.m. Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. WPG
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (20-9-2, 1.99 GAA, .932 Save %) vs. Pavelec (11-16-4, 3.03 GAA, .902 Save %). Rask is 7-4-0 with a 2.07 GAA and .924 save percentage with two shutouts in 11 career games against Winnipeg. Pavelec is 5-6-2 with a 2.94 GAA and .914 save % in 15 career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS JETS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Jets will meet for the 52nd time today (includes Winnipeg as the Atlanta Thrashers) with the B’s holding a 30-15-2-4 record and a 164-150 scoring edge in those games. The Black & Gold are 17-4-2-2 in 25 lifetime meetings against the Jets in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 92-74 in those contests. The Bruins have won their 11 straight home games against Winnipeg with their last home loss coming in a 3-2 setback against the Thrashers on March 31, 2007.
FLOREK RECALLED: The B’s announced this morning that the team had recalled Justin Florek from Providence (American Hockey League) on an emergency basis, marking his first NHL recall. Florek has skated in 34 games this season with Providence, registering nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points with a plus-11 rating (second on the team). In total, the 23-year-old forward has skated in 113 AHL games with the Providence Bruins (2012-14), accruing 22 goals and 29 assists with a combined plus-26 rating. If Florek makes his NHL debut tonight, it will be the sixth Bruin to do so this season. The last time the Bruins had six players make their NHL debut in a season was in the 2006-07 campaign (David Krejci on 1/30/07, Jonathan Sigalet on 1/09/07, Matt Lashoff on 10/26/06, Nate Thompson on 10/21/06, Petr Kalus on 3/24/07 and Phil Kessel on 10/6/06).
STREAKING: The B’s line composed of Jarome Iginla, David Krejci and Milan Lucic all enter tonight riding six-game point streaks, combining for 20 points during that span. During that streak, Iginla has accumulated 5-2=7 totals, Krejci has contributed 3-4=7 totals and Lucic has tallied 1-5=6 totals. Patrice Bergeron also carries a point streak into this evening, notching one goal and four assists over his last four games.
FIVE HUNDRED: Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien is coaching in his 500th game behind the Boston bench tonight. Julien enters today’s game with a 402-244-10-81 records in 737 NHL games (.607 winning percentage), including a 283-158-58 mark in 499 games with Boston.
U.S. WOMEN’S HOCKEY TEAM: The entire 2014 U.S. Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey team is attending today’s Bruins/Jets game at TD Garden. During the second intermission, the following four players will be available to the media on press level nine: Meghan Duggan, Julie Chu, Alex Carpenter and Kendall Coyne. U.S. Women’s Head Coach Katey Stone will be doing an interview with NESN during the second intermission. The team, which trains and practices in the Boston area (off-ice in Woburn; on-ice in Bedford), will practice and scrimmage in the surrounding areas for the remainder of the month before departing to Sochi, Russia on February 1.
188 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators, the Boston Bruins have sold out 187 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than three years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
WINNIPEG NOTEBOOK: Winnipeg is in game two of a three game road stretch, which saw them start with the Senators on January 2 and will end with the Penguins tomorrow night in Pittsburgh…Bryan Little leads Winnipeg in point production, tallying 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) thus far this season… Former Bruin Blake Wheeler, who was recently named to the US Olympic team, leads the Jets in goals with 15… Rookie Jacob Trouba enters today riding a four-game point streak, registering one goal and three assists during that span… Andrew Ladd is one assist away from 100 with the Jets franchise.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 24-for-111 (21.6%, 6th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 113-for-133 (85.0%, 5th NHL)… Winnipeg power play: 20-for-137 (14.6%, T-23rd NHL), Winnipeg penalty kill: 127-for-153 (83.0%, 11th NHL).