Rapid reaction: Bruins 4, Jets 2
November, 26, 2011
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- The Bruins began a new winning streak with a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night at TD Garden.
The Bruins had their 10-game winning streak snapped by the Detroit Red Wings in a 3-2 shootout loss on Friday on home ice, but Boston responded with a come-from-behind win over the Jets and has now earned points in 12 consecutive games.
With the victory the Bruins gained sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division.
Chris Kelly scored a pair of goals, while Zdeno Chara posted a power-play goal and Brad Marchand added an empty-net tally for the Bruins. Goaltender Tim Thomas made 40 saves for Boston. The Bruins' Rich Peverley had two assists.
GET SHORTY: Kelly's first goal of the night was a short-handed tally at 7:28 of the second period that tied the game at 2-2. It was the team's second shorty of the season after Kelly provided the first one on Oct. 15 at Chicago in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Blackhawks.
MILESTONES: Bruins winger Milan Lucic played in his 300th career NHL game, while it was the 200th for teammate Benoit Pouliot. The Jets' Nik Antropov played in his 700th NHL game. Peverley notched his 100th NHL assist when he added the helper on Kelly's short-handed goal. It was also the 99th consecutive sellout at TD Garden for the Bruins, including regular-season and playoff games.
WELCOME BACK: It's not the first time former Bruins Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler have been back in Boston since they were both traded to Atlanta Thrashers on Feb. 18, 2011, in exchange for Peverley. It is the first time, however, Stuart and Wheeler have played at TD Garden since the Bruins won the Stanley Cup last spring. Prior to the game they both said they were happy for their former teammates, but admitted it was tough to watch the Bruins hoist the Cup. Wheeler wasted little time making his presence felt during Saturday's game when he posted his 11th assist of the season as Winnipeg grabbed an early 1-0 lead at 9:31 of the first period.
UP NEXT: The Bruins begin a home-and-home series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, beginning Wednesday at Toronto before returning to Boston on Saturday. Boston leads the season series 2-0 after a 6-2 win on Oct. 20 and a 7-0 spanking on Nov. 5.