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David Pastrnak helps Bruins defeat Jets

Scores game-winning goal late in second, keeps season-opening point streak alive

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- David Pastrnak scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period to help the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Monday.

The Bruins won two of their season-opening three-game road trip.

Pastrnak took the puck down the left wing on a rush but was cut off by Winnipeg defenseman Tyler Myers while he looked toward the net. The Bruins forward pulled up, spun around and sent the puck hard toward the crease, where it deflected into the net off Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom at 19:02 of the second for the game-winner.

"I had speed and I tried to beat [Myers] wide, but he made a good gap so I turned back and tried to look backdoor to [David] Backes and luckily I got the bounce there," Pastrnak said. "It was a big goal for us."

Video: BOS@WPG: Pastrnak banks it home from the left circle

Pastrnak, who was playing his 100th NHL game, had at least a point in each of Boston's three games. He's tied for the NHL lead with four goals (Auston Matthews of Toronto Maple Leafs, Richard Panik of Chicago Blackhawks) and has two assists.

Bruins forward Dominic Moore scored 19 seconds after Blake Wheeler had given the Jets a 1-0 lead midway through the first period.

Boston defenseman Brandon Carlo scored his first NHL goal in his third game to make it 3-1 with 1:59 remaining in the third period, and Zdeno Chara scored an empty-net goal with 49.1 seconds left.

With an assist on Pastrnak's goal, Brad Marchand had at least a point in each of the Bruins' three games and leads the NHL with seven points (two goals, five assists).

Wheeler scored a goal in each of Winnipeg's first three games, but the Jets have lost two in a row since a season-opening 5-4 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Bruins thought they had taken the lead earlier in the second period.

After Chara's wrist shot from the point deflected off the stick of Winnipeg defenseman Ben Chiarot and eluded goalie Connor Hellebuyck at 4:43 of the period, coach Paul Maurice challenged that the play was offside. Video review showed Boston's Ryan Spooner entered the zone before the puck, nullifying the goal.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 34 saves, including 13 against the Jets power play. The Boston penalty kill was 5-for-5, all in the first 28 minutes.

"[Rask] was absolutely the best player on the ice," Pastrnak said. "When the score was 1-1, they had big chances, and he kept us alive. He and the PK did a [great] job today, big credit to them."

Goal of the game

After serving a tripping penalty, Wheeler exited the penalty box and took a stretch pass from Alexander Burmistrov to go in on a breakaway. Wheeler deked left and then right before stuffing the puck past a falling Rask at 10:00 of the first period.

Video: BOS@WPG: Wheeler opens scoring on a breakaway


Saves of the game

Late in the first period, with the Jets on their third power play, Rask denied Winnipeg's Mathieu Perreault in the slot. Adam Lowry one-timed the rebound from close range, but Rask shot out his left pad for a save to keep it tied 1-1.

Video: BOS@WPG: Rask denies Perreault, Lowry in set of saves


Highlight of the game

When Hellebuyck's poke-check on Marchand came out to Carlo between the top of the faceoff circles, the 19-year-old defenseman took a high, hard shot that went in off the crossbar. It was a highlight-reel shot that put Boston ahead by two goals late in the third period.

Video: BOS@WPG: Carlo buries first NHL goal off iron and in


Unsung moment of the game

The Bruins killed off defenseman Colin Miller's boarding penalty at 5:59 of the second period, making them 5-for-5 while shorthanded. It provided them with the momentum needed for the road victory.


They said it

"I kind of blanked out there, I guess you could say. I was really excited to get that opportunity there in the slot and put it in the back of the net. That definitely kind of sealed the game and I was really excited to get the 'W' out of this." -- Bruins rookie defenseman Brandon Carlo on his first NHL goal


"We've got a lot of new faces, and it's probably not a bad way to start, on the road, to take some of the pressure away. But any time you can come off a road trip with a winning record, it's a successful one." -- Bruins coach Claude Julien


"We moved it around not bad, but it's not good enough right now, so we'll have to work on it and try to get better at it." -- Jets center Mathieu Perreault on going 0-for-5 on the power play


Need to know

Winnipeg's power play, which was last in the NHL last season (14.8 percent), was 1-for-13 in the first three games. … Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien played a game-high 30:05 and is averaging 29:47 through three games. … Center Patrice Bergeron missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury but is expected to join the Bruins for practice in Boston on Wednesday.


What's next

Bruins: Home against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NESN, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Jets: Home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; SN, NHL.TV)


Video: Rask, offense lead Bruins to 4-1 win

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