Monday, January 21, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bruins 2, Jets 1
By James Murphy
BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin each scored shootout goals and Tuukka Rask stopped two of three shooters he faced as the Bruins got a 2-1 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday afternoon and improved to 2-0-0. Brad Marchand scored the lone regulation goal for Boston and Chris Thorburn scored for Winnipeg.
Defensive struggle and goalie duel at TD -- Ironically, creating offense against the usually stingy Rangers on Saturday was easier than against the Jets. Winnipeg played a solid game of system hockey Monday, and when the Bruins did get their chances, goalie Ondrej Pavelec (27 saves) was up to the task. But the Bruins' defense was just as good, and Rask (27 saves) matched Pavelec's effort. Both goalies had some highway-robbery saves that helped take the game to an extra frame. In the shootout, though, Rask outdueled Pavelec.
Marchand starting to earn new contract -- After signing a four-year, $18 million contract extension just prior to the lockout, the pressure is on Brad Marchand to keep up the play that earned him that deal. On Monday, the pesky and speedy winger showed signs that he will. Marchand scored the team's first goal 14:12 into the first period. Marchand has the potential to be a frequent 30-goal scorer, and if he continues to utilize his speed and quick release on his shot, he will.
Seguin's two-way play has improved -- The knock on Tyler Seguin his first two seasons in the NHL and even last season when he broke out for a 67-point campaign was that he was still suspect on the defensive side of the ice. At times it has seemed as if Seguin was thinking all offense. While the young superstar most definitely still focuses on offense, he has learned to turn good defense into good offense. Seguin made a brilliant play stealing the puck just as the Jets were leaving their zone and then feeding it to Marchand for his first-period goal. It was a display of Seguin's terrific instinct and hustle, and exactly what coach Claude Julien wants to see from Seguin.
Stuart and Wheeler back on TD Garden ice -- Old friends Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler played for the Jets on Monday. Both were part of the trade that landed the Bruins Rich Peverley at the 2011 trade deadline (when they were dealt to the now-defunct Thrashers for Peverley and Boris Valibak). Valibak never played for the Bruins, but Peverley was a big piece in their 2011 Cup run and is a key part of the team now. Stuart is wearing an 'A' as an alternate captain for the Jets.
Seidenberg out with lower-body injury; Johnson in -- Dennis Seidenberg missed Monday's game with a lower-body injury and was replaced on the blue line by Aaron Johnson. That resulted in a what could be a star pairing in the near future of Zdeno Chara and rookie Dougie Hamilton.
Here's what the lineup looked like:
Milan Lucic -- David Krejci -- Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque -- Chris Kelly -- Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille -- Gregory Campbell -- Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara -- Dougie Hamilton
Aaron Johnson -- Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ference -- Adam McQuaid