Bruins Fall to Jets: Fan Reaction

On February 17, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins fell 4-2 to the Winnipeg Jets. The Bruins played without two of their top seven forwards, but it was their defense core that suffered the biggest lapses. They played their second straight poor third period to drop to 35-19-2 on the season. Ondrej Pavelec saved 31 and Bryan Little scored two third period goals to carry the Jets to their second win over the Bruins in four meetings.

The Bruins carried the play early in the first period, getting quality shifts from each of their lines. They held a nine to four advantage in shots on goal midway through the opening period. Boston played a strong defensive period and held a six to two advantage in scoring chances as they entered the first intermission with the game scoreless.

Winnipeg took just 1:59 to draw first blood in the second period. Alex Burmistrov rifled his 12th goal of the year over Tuukka Rask to give the Jets the 1-0 lead. At 6:10, Jordan Caron sniped his third goal of the season in transition to put the Bruins on the board and tie it at 1-1. In the midst of a Bruins' line change, Blake Wheeler got open in the slot and beat Rask five-hole at 15:50 to take back the lead against his former teammates.

David Krejci retied the game 49 seconds into the third period; on a three-on-two rush, Tyler Seguin set up Krejci in the slot for his 12th goal of the season. Following a Bruins' power play, Bryan Little put back a rebound for his 15th to give the Jets another lead at 4:16. Little took advantage of a defensive breakdown and scored his second goal in two minutes to make it 4-2 Canadiens with 13 minutes to play. Ondrej Pavelec robbed Patrice Bergeron with a highlight reel glove save midway through the period to keep the Bruins from responding. Boston spent four minutes fighting off penalties down the stretch and never had another chance to get back in the game.

The Bruins next play on Sunday, February 19 on the road against the Minnesota Wild. Minnesota has gone winless in its last six games, last beating the Colorado Avalanche on February 2.

Sources:

Boston at Winnipeg, Friday, February 17, 2012, NHL—Yahoo! Sports

Stats, NHL.com

William Menna is a native New Englander and longtime Boston sports fan.

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Updated Friday, Feb 17, 2012