February 17, 2013

Postgame Breakdown: B's erase two deficits to beat Jets

By Jesse Connolly

Brad Marchand scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season in Boston's win over Winnipeg Sunday night. (Getty Images)

Final: Boston 3, Winnipeg 2

Recap: After Alex Burmistrov gave the Jets the lead 1:43 into the second period, Tyler Seguin tipped a Zdeno Chara shot past Ondrej Pavelec at the 10:57 mark of the middle frame to knot things up. Winnipeg went back on top with 27 seconds to go until the intermission, as Evander Kane snapped home a loose puck from close range to make it 2-1.

The B's responded promptly, as a Johnny Boychuk slapper was redirected by Dan Paille into the back of the net with just 1.5 seconds remaining in the period.

In the third, Brad Marchand was hauled down on a breakaway. Instead of getting a penalty shot, the B's went on the power play. Marchand scored 27 seconds into it, burying what proved to be the game-winner.

Records: Boston 9-2-2, 20 points; Winnipeg 5-8-1, 11 points

Key Play of the Game: Paille's strike late in the second was a giant kick in the family jewels for the Jets. Instead of going into the second having taken back momentum and the lead, Boston went ino the third riding high and picked up right where they left off, scoring just 36 seconds into the stanza.

Connolly's Commendations: Chris Bourque was an animal tonight. The Boxford, Mass., native was flying, creating chances, helped set up the winning goal on the power play and earned time on the top line at different points.

Bourque played his best game of the night, and you can probably say the same for Seguin. He attempted seven shots, with three hitting the net. More importantly, he got involved defensively and had a stellar back-check in the early going that broke up a quality scoring opportunity. 

Connolly's Critiques: Rask looked a little shaky for the second straight outing. He was slow to react on a few saves, taking an eternity to turn around and barely making a paddle stop in the first half of the contest. On the final play of the game, the Finn was positioned poorly and nearly allowed the tying tally at the last second.

Rough night for Rich Peverley. He had just one shot on goal, got bumped off the top line and took an ill-timed tripping penalty late in the third.

Notes: Milan Lucic missed tonight's game due to personal reasons. The Bruins are now 2-0-0 against the Jets this season. 

Final Thoughts: The B's bounced back after surrendering a lead to Buffalo in a loss on Friday night, and have still yet to lose twice in a row in regulation. Their performance wasn't overly impressive tonight, but the aforementioned feat certainly is.

Next: The B's won't be back in action until Thursday when they head to Tampa to take on the Lightning.

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