Final: Bruins 4, Jets 2
They may have had their 10-game winning streak snapped Friday in shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings, but the Bruins extended their point streak to 12 games (11-0-1) in tonight’s 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets before a TD Garden crowd of 17,565 (the 99th consecutive home sellout).
Chris Kelly tallied a pair of second-period goals to help the Bruins erase a 2-1 first period deficit. Kelly got his eighth goal of the season on a short-handed tally to tie it, 2-2, at 7:28 of the second and followed with an even-handed slapper at 16:38 to give the Bruins a one-goal lead.
Tim Thomas, who gave up a pair if first-period goals by Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien 39 seconds apart, perserved that lead, making 40 saves before Brad Marchand’s unassisted empty-netter at 18:51 enabled the Garden crowd to exhale.
Bruins 3, Jets 2, 14:40
Timeout. Jets have tightened things on the Bruins, limiting their scoring chances. Shots on goal: WPG 36, BOS 31.
Bruins 3, Jets 2, 2:11
The Jets managed to erase the remainder of Eric Fehr’s double minor in the second. The Bruins had several scoring opportunities on the man advantage, but were turned away by Ondrej Pavelec.
Bruins 3, Jets 2, end of 2d period
Chris Kelly tallied a pair of goals on just three shots, including a short-handed tally that tied it at 7:28 and the go-ahead score at 16:26, to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead after two periods. It was Kelly’s eighth and ninth goals of the season. It was Kelly’s second multiple-goal game of the month after scoring a pair of goals vs. the New York Islanders Nov. 19.
,Bruins 3, Jets 2, 18:11
Eric Fehr was hit with a double minor for hooking and unsportsmanlike conduct behavior towards Brad Marchand (imagine that) at 18:11, which put the Bruins on the power play for the remainder of the second period and guaranteed them the man advantage for the first 2:11 of the third.
Bruins 3, Jets 2, 16:26
Chris Kelly (9), who was tallied the tying goal at 7:28, gave the Bruins a go-ahead score on a pretty goal from the right point off a pretty point-to-point feed from Benoit Pouliot, who threaded a pass through heavy traffic in the slot to Kelly, who beat Pavelec with a hard slapper. It redeemed the B’s after they squandered a 5-on-3 opportunity at 13:32 when Alexander Burmistrov was sent off for boarding after crumpling Zdeno Chara.
Jets 2, Bruins 2, SHG, 7:28
Chris Kelly (8) tied the game on a shorthanded tally (after Nathan Horton was sent off for tripping at 5:52) when he stuffed home a loose puck in the crease left there for him by Rich Peverley, who recorded the 100th assist of his NHL career. Peverley broke into the zone, outracing Zach Bogosian for a loose puck and then tangling with Dustin Byfuglien as he swooped in from the right point. Peverley left the puck in the crease for Kelly who swatted it home for the tying goal.
Jets 2, Bruins 1
End of first period: Jets 2, Bruins 1
The Jets got on the board with a pair of quick first-period goals by Evander Kane (10) and Dustin Byfuglien (5) just 39 seconds apart, but the Bruins responded with a power-play goal by Zdeno Chara (4) at 16:38, just 38 seconds after Byfuglien was sent off for interference. Shots on goal after one period: Boston 15, Winnipeg 12.
Jets 2, Bruins 1, PPG, 16:38
Thirty-eight seconds after Dustin Byfuglien was sent off for interference, Zdeno Chara (4) made the Jets pay with his power-play tally. Chara’s hard slap shot from the right point was redirected by Mark Stuart’s stick, which sent it sailing past Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.
Jets 2, Bruins 0, 10:10
Thirty-nine seconds after being credited with the primary assist on Kane’s game-opening goal, Dustin Byfuglien (5) let rip of a hard slap shot that beat Tim Thomas top shelf to give the Jets a 2-0 lead. Jim Slater (2) and Jason Jaffray (1) were credited with assists. Byfuglien picked up his second point of the night (1 goal, 1 assist). The Bruins called timeout to gather themselves. A timely move by Claude Julien.
Jets 1, Bruins 0, 9:31
Evander Kane (10) potted a backhander off Dustin Byfuglien’s centering pass to give the Jets a 1-0 lead. Blake Wheeler was credited with a secondary helper.
Jets 0, Bruins 0, 4:26
Tyler Seguin sent off to serve a bench minor for too many men on the ice, putting Winnipeg on the power play for the first time in the game. The Bruins killed off the penalty, allowing only two shots on goal by the Jets.
Welcome to TD Garden where the Bruins will attempt to keep their 11-game point streak (10-0-1) alive tonight vs. the visiting Winnipeg Jets. Tim Thomas (10-4-0, 1.85 GAA) will be in goal tonight for the Bruins. He will be opposed by Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec (7-7-4, 3.21 GAA).
Both teams enter the game with 4-0-1 record in their previous five games.
Healthy scratches: Ron Hainsley, Tim Stapleton, Winnipeg; Jordan Caron, Steven Kampfer, Boston.