January 21, 2013

Postgame Breakdown: Bruins shoot down Jets

By Jesse Connolly

Tyler Seguin beat Ondrej Pavelec in the first round of Monday's shootout. (Getty Images)

Final: Boston 2, Winnipeg 1 (SO)

Recap: Before fans had even settled into their seats, Chris Thorburn tallied to give the Jets an early 1-0 lead. That was their first and final goal of the matinee.

After Brad Marchand knotted things up at the 14:12 mark of the opening frame, the two teams played the most boring period of hockey yet this season, combining for just ten shots.

After a scoreless third and fruitless overtime, Tyler Seguin buried the first shootout attempt, but former Bruin Blake Wheeler got one past Tuukka Rask. After Patrice Bergeron put the B's back ahead, Rask stoned each of the last two shooters to lift the Bruins to their second win of the season.

Records: Boston 2-0-0, four points; Winnipeg 0-2-0, zero points

Key Play of the Game: Much like they did last night at the end of regulation against the Rangers, the Bruins simply gave Winnipeg nothing in the overtime, as the Jets put precisely zero shots on net in the five-minute session. 

Connolly’s Commendations: Seguin had a much bigger impact in today's tilt. He found the back of the net in the shootout, and also had a takeaway near Winnipeg's blue line just seconds before setting up Marchand's strike.

Dougie Hamilton looked more assertive in his second NHL contest, jumping up to pair with Zdeno Chara. The lanky rookie threw his weight around and pinched in offensively.

Kudos to all players involved with the penalty kill, which took care of business during parts of two Winnipeg man advantages in OT. 

Connolly’s Critiques: Pretty quiet afternoon for Rich Peverley and, to a lesser extent, his linemates. No. 49 did have two shots, but he didn't do much during his 1:30 of power-play time or the remainder of his 18:22 of action on the day.

Notes: Dennis Seidenberg missed the game due to a lower-body injury, with Aaron Johnson taking his place. Johnson nearly scored in his Bruins debut, hitting the post with a blast from the point.

Final Thoughts: After a raucous, intense game against New York Saturday, this one was definitely a snoozer by comparison. But, all that ultimately matters is that the Bruins overcame their knack for losing day games and improved to 2-0-0.

Next: The B's will head to Madison Square Garden to face off with the Rangers again on Wednesday night. 

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com