Rapid Reaction: Jets 3, Bruins 1
March, 19, 2013
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
The Winnipeg Jets scored a pair of goals in a span of 57 seconds in the third period en route to a come-from-behind 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night at MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
It’s the fifth time this season the Bruins have lost after holding the lead after two periods, which is uncharacteristic of Boston, especially after it posted a 32-0-0 record when leading after two periods during the 2011-12 season.
The Jets, who are 6-1-1 in their last eight games, got goals from Blake Wheeler (two) and Evander Kane. Wheeler scored a power-play goal 11:44, before Kane notched the game winner at 12:41. Wheeler added an empty-net goal with 6.8 seconds remaining in regulation.
Brad Marchand netted the lone goal for Boston. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 22 saves, while Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec finished with 27 saves.
After a scoreless first period, the Bruins gained a 1-0 lead only eight seconds into the second when Marchand showed quick reactions, pounced all over a Winnipeg turnover and beat Pavelec with a backhander. It was Marchand’s 13th goal of the season, and his first since March 5 at Washington.
INJURED: After playing the first half of this lockout-shortened, 48-game season with only seven man-games lost to injury, the Bruins' good fortune is catching up to them. The latest victim is defenseman Adam McQuaid, who suffered an upper-body injury at 2:39 of the first period and did not return. McQuaid was off balance when he collided with Jets forward Eric Tangradi to the right of Rask. McQuaid fell awkwardly into the corner boards and was favoring his left side as he skated off the ice on his own.
Boston was forced to play the remainder of the game with only five defensemen. Zdeno Chara (26:51), Dennis Seidenberg (27:57), Johnny Boychuk (21:41), Andrew Ference (22:10) and Dougie Hamilton (17:40) all played extra minutes in McQuaid’s absence. The Bruins already are without the services of David Krejci and forward Chris Kelly (broken left tibia).
SPOONER IN: With Krejci out with a lower-body injury suffered in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Bruins recalled 21-year-old forward Ryan Spooner from Providence and he was in the lineup Tuesday, replacing Krejci on the team’s top line alongside Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton.
It was Spooner's second career NHL game and he played well. In his first NHL game on Feb. 6 against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre, Spooner logged only 5:29 of ice time before he was reassigned to Providence. On Tuesday, he played 5:07 in the first period and finished with 15:29 of ice time.
At the time of his recall to Boston, Spooner had 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 points in 50 games, including a plus-8 rating for the P-Bruins.
SAVES OF THE GAME: Pavelec made a spectacular glove save on the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron at 5:04 of the first period. Bergeron had plenty of open net, but Pavelec stoned him. Pavelec made another big save in the third period with Boston holding a 1-0 lead. Chara had a quality scoring chance on the team’s third power play of the game, but Pavelec made a big blocker save to stifle Chara’s off-post bid. That stop proved crucial as the Jets came back to win.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Boston went 0-for-4 on the power play. The Bruins had two power-play opportunities in the first period, but did not even generate a shot. The Bruins had their third PP opportunity in the third and created quality scoring chances, but Pavelec made the timely saves.
After killing off 26 consecutive penalties, the Bruins allowed a power-play goal when Wheeler, the former Bruin, provided the tying goal at 11:44 of the third period.
UP NEXT: The Bruins continue their four-game road trip against the Senators at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Ottawa.