Friday, February 17, 2012

Game Fifty Six: Jets Down B's In Little's Big Night

The Bruins were back on the ice Friday night for the second game of their six-game road trip. They took on a Winnipeg Jets team that is pretty much on the same playing field as of late as the B's.

Both teams were 5-5-0 in their last 10 games coming into Friday's game. The Jets just recently got back Evander Kane who was absent from the lineup with a concussion. On the other hand, things are looking much worse for Boston.

Rich Peverley was sent back to Boston to have his knee examined after being injured in the third period of Wednesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens. It turns out that he will miss four to six weeks with a sprained MCL. Hometown kid Josh Hennessy replaced him in the lineup and centered the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. Daniel Paille got moved up to the third line with Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron.

Tuukka Rask got the start in net for the B's in this game. This marked Rask's 100th game as an NHL goaltender. He opposed Ondrej Pavelec.

The opening period was scoreless. However, it was not short of entertainment. Both teams made charges up ice and got some decent scoring chances. The Bruins started to maintain the momentum toward the end of the period and that resulted in them out-shooting the Jets 13-4 in the first 20 minutes.

Having to make the long change in the second period always seems to hurt certain teams and Boston was no different in this one. While they were in the middle of line changes, the Bruins surrendered two goals. Alex Burmistrov and Blake Wheeler were the goal scorers for the Jets. Caron recorded his 3rd goal of the season in between the two Winnipeg tallies.

After David Krejci tied the game for the Bruins with less than a minute into the third period, Bryan Little scored two goals later on in the period to cap off a 4-2 victory for the Jets. Wheeler finished with three points.

Boston will be back on the ice Sunday afternoon when they take on the Minnesota Wild.

Gold Star: Milan Lucic...He finished with an assist and established a good physical presence.

Black Star: Zdeno Chara...He had a minus-2 rating and a costly giveaway. He is not the same player we are used to seeing out there.

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