Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Game Twenty Six: The End Of The Streak

The Winnipeg Jets ended the 15-game point streak of the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. With the help of their goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, the Jets defeated the B's by a score of 2-1. Pavelec made 39 saves on 40 shots. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask also had a solid game, making 33 saves.

Winnipeg seemed to match Boston's physicality throughout this game. The B's could not get to the puck cleanly at any point. Both teams also had several great scoring opportunities but the goalies were right there to shut down most of the quality scoring chances.

Andrew Ladd put the Jets on the board in the first period by shooting the puck over the right shoulder of Rask and into the net. Johnny Oduya and Pavelec had the assists. After a scoreless second period, Boston came out playing rather strong in the third period.

Shawn Thornton tied the game up by sneaking the puck under Pavelec. Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell had the assists. The game-winning goal came when both teams skated 4-on-4 after matching minor penalties. Bryan Little won a face-off and took the puck down a straight path to the goal where he beat Rask.

Tyler Seguin was scratched from this game because he missed a team meeting and the team breakfast Tuesday morning. Jordan Caron took his place on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

One thing about playing in Winnipeg is their arena is always filled with true hockey fans. Not using that as an excuse for the loss, but the MTS Centre seems like an incredibly tough place to play. The Jets never had that support when they were in Atlanta.

The Bruins next game will be Thursday night at the TD Garden against the Florida Panthers. The B's will be sporting their alternate sweaters for that game.

Gold Star: Gregory Campbell...He finished the game with one assist. He has played at a high level recently. He was a huge contributor to this win streak.

Black Star: Joe Corvo...He was on the ice for both Jets goals. The winning goal occurred when he jumped up ice thinking the Bruins would win the face-off. They did not win it and it cost them the game.

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