Shots on Goal: Bruins Shoot Down Jets, 4-1
A defensive-minded Bruins team showed up at the TD Garden last night, and helped propel Boston to a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
After being shutout the previous game by the Minnesota Wild, The first period of this game was looking very similar, with plenty of scoring opportunities and nothing to show for it. Boston out-shot Winnipeg 14-4 but Michael Hutchinson had an answer for each of Boston’s offerings including a mid period stretch when the Bruins had a two-man advantage for 27 seconds.
The second frame was a different story. The Bruins found their scoring touch, rattling off 3 goals from Matt Beleskey, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, while the defense held the Jets to a stingy 3 shots on goal for the period.
Boston got the ball rolling at 2:01 when Joe Morrow connected with Beleskey at the left hash mark and Beleskey sent a one-timer passed Hutchinson to put the Bruins up 1-0. Boston’s lead doubled when Marchand carried the puck up the left wing and battled with Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey for position in front of the net, freezing Hutchinson with a fake, and depositing an easy backhander for a 2-0 lead. Bergeron, extended the lead to 3-0 with a one-timer of his own from the bottom of the left circle while on their second 5 on 3 powerplay of the night.
Period number three open much the same as the previous one with Boston’s Tim Schaller netting his third score of the season and to give Boston a commanding 4-0 lead. Winnipeg gave Tuukka Rask something to do as they kept the puck in the Boston zone, firing 5 shot at the Bruins netminder. Jets center Adam Lowry was the lone bright spot for Winnipeg, spoiling Boston’s shutout bid with 2:30 left in regulation.
Tuukka Rask (11-2) had 11 saves as the Bruins set a new season-low for shots allowed.
“We were skating, we were battling, our forecheck was great,” Rask said. “We didn’t give them any time, any space anywhere on the ice. A very, very good effort.”
Michael Hutchinson (2-4-2) stopped 34 of 38 for the loss.
“It was just one of those nights,” Hutchinson said. “Every team is going to have them in an 82-game season.”