Saturday, November 26, 2011

Game Twenty Two: Peverley Shows Winnipeg What They Let Go

The Bruins welcomed in the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night just one day after losing in a shootout to the Detroit Red Wings. The B's sent the Jets flying out of Boston by defeating them 4-2.

Former Bruins Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart, who currently play for Winnipeg, each made their return to the TD Garden in the game. They must have had mixed emotions coming back to an arena where they used to play for a team that won the Stanley Cup last season. What can you do though? This is a business and trades are part of this business.

Boston received Rich Peverley in that respective trade last season before the trade deadline when the Jets were the Atlanta Thrashers. Peverley really stood out in this game as he probably had something to prove to his old team.

Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien had early goals for the Jets as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Boston went on to score four unanswered goals. Zdeno Chara scored on the power play with assists from David Krejci and Dennis Seidenberg. Chris Kelly scored two goals in this game, bringing his goal total up to nine.

Kelly's first goal was a short-handed goal. He is a very versatile player that can turn defense into instant offense. Brad Marchand added an empty netter to seal the victory. Tim Thomas stopped 40 shots on 42 attempts, the highest number he has faced so far this season.

Many Bruins did not seem to cooperate with the ice in this game. Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo really could not find the right footing which forced him to take a holding penalty because he had to stop a break away. Thomas also seemed a little bit off-balanced as well.

The Bruins still have yet to lose in regulation in the month of November having received points in all 12 games. They currently possess a 14-7-1 record and 29 points. The B's will play their final game of the month on Wednesday when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs in game one of a home-and-home series.

Gold Star: Rich Peverley (2 assists)...Kelly may have scored the goals but if it was not for Peverley's fast penetration into the Bruins offensive zone, the goals would not have happened. The defense pulled back to cover Peverley and that opened up the space for Kelly to score. He rightfully deserved those hard earned two assists.

Black Star: Milan Lucic...If you are not going to be an offensive presence you at least have to be a physical presence. He had no real good scoring chances and he only had one hit. He has to be better than that.

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