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Jets try to avoid sweep at hands of Bruins

by Brian Hunter

BRUINS (19-5-3) at JETS (15-12-2)


Last 10: Boston 6-3-1; Winnipeg 6-3-1

Season series: Third and final meeting of the regular season. The Bruins are going for the sweep, having already taken a pair of one-goal decisions. Patrice Bergeron netted the decisive shootout goal for a 2-1 win in Boston on Jan. 21, while Brad Marchand's power-play goal 36 seconds into the third period made the difference in a 3-2 victory in Winnipeg on Feb. 17.

Big story: If this game is anything like the first two, the goaltenders will have a big say in who picks up points. Tuukka Rask has a 1.44 goals-against average and .944 save percentage against the Jets this season, while Ondrej Pavelec has posted a 1.94 GAA and .925 save percentage against the Bruins.

Team Scope:

Bruins: In the past week Boston has seen its total of regulation losses almost double thanks to Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh. The Bruins blew a two-goal, third-period lead on March 12 at Consol Energy Center, then returned to the scene of the crime on Sunday and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Penguins. Tyler Seguin answered a Sidney Crosby goal in the first with his 10th of the season, but Joe Vitale lit the lamp in the final minute of the period and Tomas Vokoun (31 saves) outdueled Rask (16 saves) in net. The Bruins haven't lost consecutive games in regulation this season.

"I think you could tell it was the third game in four nights for both teams," Rask said. "Dump in, dump in, change, stuff like that, not a lot of chances. But it was a tight game, it was up there for grabs, just couldn't capitalize."

Jets: Unless Washington or one of the Florida teams gets on a tear, it's shaping up to be a battle between Winnipeg and Carolina for the Southeast Division title. This is the start of a four-game homestand for the Jets, who won a pair at MTS Centre last week against the Maple Leafs and Rangers. They made it three in a row by edging the Leafs again, this time in Toronto and via the shootout, but came back to earth Sunday with a 4-1 loss in Ottawa. Zach Bogosian scored in the third to halve a two-goal deficit, but the Senators tacked on a pair of insurance goals.

"We just didn't really come together as a team doing all the right things right away," Bogosian told the Winnipeg Free Press. "They had the momentum the first 10 minutes and it's tough to get momentum back on the road. They did a good job of coming out hard and that was something we, for next time, we'll have to counter back."

Who's hot: Despite Sunday's loss, Rask has given up just five goals over his past four starts for the Bruins and has a .951 save percentage over that span. … Jets captain Andrew Ladd has one goal and four assists during a four-game points streak.

Injury report: Boston forward David Krejci left Sunday's game in the third period with a lower-body injury after taking a shot off his right knee. Forward Chris Kelly is out indefinitely with a broken left tibia. … Winnipeg goalie Al Montoya missed Sunday's game with a lower-body injury. Defensemen Tobias Enstrom (shoulder) and Zach Redmond (leg) and forwards Anthony Peluso (hand) and Jim Slater (upper body) are on injured reserve.

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