It was a game where the Bruins wanted to continue putting wins up and making the TD Garden a tough place for visiting teams to play after a less than stellar start at home for the 2016-2017 campaign, and the result was exactly what they were looking for. The Bruins started the period well with and had the majority of possession, but most of the Black and Gold’s shots were from the outside and easily handled by the Michael Hutchinson. Despite their early strong play, Krejci was assessed a two minor boarding minor when he drove Jets Chris Thorburn into the boards on a dangerous play.
Rask stood tall and the Bruins penalty killers dodged a bullet after a minute of zone time for the Jets. Special teams continued to be the theme through the first period. Czarnik drew a penalty to put the Jets down 5 on 3 when he broke through a seam for a good chance. The Bruins had a lot of puck possession and movement, but there weren’t many true high end scoring chances on the power play and it expired without the Bruins drawing blood. The Bruins out-shot the Jets 14-4 and won the face-off battle with a 69% to 31% advantage by the end of the 1st period.
THE START OF THE 2ND PERIOD WAS FRIENDLY FOR THE BRUINS WHEN THEY STUCK 2:01 IN.
Matt Beleskey drilled a loose puck past the glove of Hutchinson to open the scoring after a sweet feed from Joe Morrow. Morrow was pinching down below the goal line and found Beleskey alone in the slot. Dom Moore picked up the secondary assist when he chipped it around the boards to begin the cycle. There was a bit of a hiccup for the B’s midway through the second when the long change kept Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid out on the ice for an extended period of time. The Jets were buzzing, but were unable to penetrate and get any high percentage scoring chances.
The Bruins took advantage of an ill advised dump in by Byfuglien when Marchand took the lane to the net and drove to his backhand in tight and fired it into the net. Marchand had stated to slow down in his offensive production, making this a very timely goal for the Canadian winger. Zdeno Chara picked up the lone assist on the 2-0 goal and did a tremendous job to turn the puck up ice quickly and find Marchand in stride.
Boston had much of the pressure and continued to pour it on during this strong 2nd period. Boston extended the lead to 3-0 off of a one time wrister by Patrice Bergeron off of a great feed by David Krejci during a 5 on 3 man advantage with exactly 3:00 remaining in the period. The Bruins continued to heavily out-shoot the Jets after 2. The shots showed Boston 27, Winnipeg 7.
THE THIRD PERIOD CONTINUED TO BEAR FRUIT FOR THE BRUINS.
Torey Krug had the puck behind the net and waited for a passing lane. He fired it up the left side with a Hail Mary pass to Tim Schaller. Schaller was in 2 on 1 against the Jets. Schaller opted to fire the puck high and picked the corner with a beautiful goal. Tuukka Rask’s shutout bid came to an end with a late bid by Adam Lowry with 2:40 remaining in the 3rd. He took a shot up high and corralled the loose puck and slammed the puck by the extended pad of Tuukka Rask.
The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday night when the St. Louis Blues travel to Boston for a contest at 7:00 PM ET.