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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Rookie goalie Michael Hutchinson was perfect in the shootout to register his first NHL victory as the Winnipeg Jets rallied to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Thursday night.

Hutchinson stopped 32 shots through regulation and overtime and then turned aside Reilly Smith, Ryan Spooner and Brad Marchand in the shootout.

Winnipeg center Bryan Little scored the only goal of the shootout, against Boston backup Chad Johnson.

Left winger Evander Kane broke out of a scoring slump late in the third period, tying the game at 1 with just 1:57 left in regulation. Kane took a drop pass from Blake Wheeler and fired a low shot past Johnson for his 18th goal of the season.

With Bruins All-Star starter Tuukka Rask taking a breather, the backup stopped 36 shots.

Jets center Olli Jokinen was called for holding with just 39 seconds left in overtime as he disrupted a great scoring chance by Boston right winger Jerome Iginla. But the Bruins came up dry on the power play, setting the stage for the shootout.

Johnson's most impressive saves came in the final period with the Bruins clinging to a one-goal lead. Just over a minute in, he stopped Wheeler on a partial breakaway, then made a fine pad save off center Olli Jokinen, who had been left alone in the low slot with about eight minutes left in regulation.

Hutchinson had a phenomenal game as well in just his second career start.

Boston left winger Brad Marchand scored his 24th of the season midway through the opening period.

The Bruins (53-18-9) have 115 points and remain in hot pursuit of the NHL's regular-season title, the President's Trophy. They hold a three-point edge on the Anaheim Ducks and are four up on the St. Louis Blues.

Boston closes out the season against Buffalo at home Saturday and at New Jersey on Sunday.

Boston is 16-1-4 in its last 21 games, including a 15-0-1 streak through most of March.

The Jets (36-35-10), 12th in the Western Conference, will miss the playoffs for the third straight year since relocating from Atlanta. The club closes out the season Friday night at Calgary.

Boston gave a couple of stars the night off Thursday but still got the better of a makeshift Jets lineup that was missing several injured regulars and had a half-dozen recent call-ups from the club's AHL affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps, taking their places.

With the truly meaningful games still on the horizon, Rask, center Patrice Bergeron and blue-liner Zdeno Chara didn't dress for Boston.

Jets coach Paul Maurice gave the nod to Hutchinson, who also played Monday night at home in a 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

The 24-year-old goalie was drafted by the Bruins in the third round in 2008 and played in their organization until signing with Winnipeg prior to the 2013-14 season.

Some indecision cost him on the Bruins' first goal as he stood frozen in his crease with the puck just 10 feet away and Marchand racing to it. The speedy forward gobbled it up and made a nifty deke to score his 24th goal of the season, on just Boston's second shot of the game.

But Hutchinson was sensational the rest of the way, stopping Bruins veteran sniper Jerome Iginla no fewer than four times. He stared down the perennial 30-goal scorer on a first-period breakaway and then denied Iginla on a pair of one-timers in the middle frame to keep the Jets within a goal.

NOTES: The Jets were flying without their captain, LW Andrew Ladd, for the second straight game. He is out with a deep gash on his elbow and will not dress for the club's final game of the season on Friday in Calgary against the Flames. RW Dustin Byfuglien, C Mark Scheifele, D Zach Bogosian and G Al Montoya are also hurt and done for the year. ... Bruins RW Jerome Iginla leads the club with 30 goals, the 12th straight 82-game season the former Flames great has reached the magic number. ... Jets first-year D Jacob Trouba has set franchise records for goals by a rookie blue liner (10) and average ice time per game (22:40). Trouba's average ice time leads all NHL rookies this season. ... RW Devin Setoguchi was granted a leave of absence from the Jets on Thursday for a personal matter. ... Because he was a healthy scratch for Boston, C Patrice Bergeron had a career-best 12-game point streak (10 goals, six assists) come to an abrupt end.

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