It wasn't pretty or flashy, but the Boston Bruins solved their third period issues for at least another night and held off the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. After collapsing against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night, the Bruins instead scored the game winner to once again highly disappoint Sabres' fans. However, the Bruins were playing catchup all night. Alex Burmistov gave the Jets the lead just 1:43 into the second period. But the Bruins would respond midway through the second. Tyler Seguin redirected Zdeno Chara's shot through Ondrej Pavelec and tied the game.
But that wouldn't be the end of the scoring in the second. With under 30 seconds left, Evander Kane found a rebound to beat Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask, which looked like the Jets would have the lead going into the third. Once again, the Bruins responded. This time it was Daniel Paille redirecting a shot past Pavelec with 1.5 seconds left in the second.
The Bruins finally took the lead just 36 seconds into the third. After Brad Marchand drew a tripping call, the Bruins went on the power play. And it was Marchand who converted, lifting a backhander over Pavelec.
The win snaps the Bruins two-game losing streak. It was the first time this season that the Bruins had lost back-to-back games.
The Bruins return to the ice on Thursday when they continue their five-game road-trip at Tampa Bay.
The Bruins got off to a fast start tonight, but they couldn't put a strangle-hold on Winnipeg. By not putting Winnipeg away, the Jets controlled the tempo of the game.
Marchand's game-winning goal came on the powerplay. The Bruins have scored on the power play in three of the last four games. Maybe they've figured out how to score with the man advantage? We'll hold off on a final verdict on that, but it's definitely encouraging to see them start to convert.
Dougie Hamilton did not have his best game as a Bruin. He was outmuscled and should have done more to prevent Burmistov's goal and Claude Julien left the rookie on the bench for most of the third. He saw his lowest icetime since the first game of the season.
Tyler Seguin and Chris Bourque, both of whom have been under fire recently, played arguably their best game of the season. Bourque was flying all over the ice and was promoted to the top line with David Krejci and Nathan Horton in the third period. Seguin, in addition to his goal, made a huge defensive effort to break up a 2-on-1 for the Jets early in the game. Hopefully, the two can use this game as a springboard and get their seasons on track.
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