February 17, 2013
Jets fall 3-2 to Bruins
By TED WYMAN, QMI Agency
It was a span of 37.5 seconds the Winnipeg Jets would dearly love to have back.
The Jets had just taken a 2-1 lead over the Boston Bruins, getting a goal from Evander Kane with 26.5 seconds left in the second period when disaster struck.
The Bruins scored the tying goal with just 1.5 seconds left in the second period. They then jumped all over the Jets in the third, getting a power-play goal just 36 seconds into the final frame to take a 3-2 lead.
That goal came 25 seconds after Brad Marchand of the Bruins got hauled down on a breakaway mere moments after the opening faceoff.
The referee chose not to call a penalty shot after Jets defenceman Ron Hainsey tripped Marchand, but it didn’t matter as the Bruins forward scored quickly on the man advantage. The Jets league-worst penalty kill had no answer for the Bruins on their only power play of the game.
The Bruins went on to win 3-2, handing the Jets their fourth straight loss on home ice and third straight overall.
Winnipeg had chances to tie the game still, generating considerable pressure down the stretch, but were denied by Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.
Captain Andrew Ladd had the best chance, tipping one off the post behind Rask from the goalmouth with under nine minutes left.
The Jets also had a late power play but were unable to generate many chances.
There was plenty of dogged effort from the home side, but as has been the norm lately, they simply couldn’t finish when they needed to.
The Jets are tied for last place in the Eastern Conference with 11 points through 14 games (5-8-1).
Left-winger Evander Kane finally broke out of his scoring drought to give the Jets a late second-period lead only to have the Boston Bruins score with 1.5 seconds left to tie it up at 2-2.
Kane banged in his own rebound after some great work by Alex Burmistrov and Nik Antropov to get the puck out front. That goal gave the Jets a 2-1 lead with 26 seconds left in the second period.
It was Kane’s first goal in nine games, his last coming Jan. 27 in overtime against the New York Islanders.
It could have given them huge momentum going into the third period but Danielle Paille tipped a puck past Ondrej Pavelec 25 seconds later to even the score once again.
For just the fifth time this season, the Jets struck first.
The Jets opened the scoring 1:43 into the second period when Alex Burmistrov banged in a rebound off a Zach Bogosian point shot.
The Bruins tied it at 10:57 of the second when Tyler Seguin tipped a Zdeno Chara point shot out of the air and past Pavelec, who was dealing with plenty of traffic in front.
The play was reviewed to see if Seguin touched the puck with a high stick but it was determined to be a good goal.
Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves for the Jets while Rask stopped 24.