WINNIPEG, CANADA - DECEMBER 6: Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets blocks a shot on goal by the Boston Bruins in NHL action at the MTS Centre on December 6, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Jets 2, Bruins 1: B's Point Streak Ends After Loss To Winnipeg

Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little each scored one goal and Ondrej Pavalec stopped 39-of-40 shots as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Boston Bruins, 2-1, to end the B's 15-game point streak on Tuesday evening at the MTS Centre in Manitoba.

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Jets 2, Bruins 1: B's 15-Game Point Streak Comes To An End

It had to happen at one point. The 15-game point streak had to end and it makes sense that it came on the night where they played back-to-back games on the road. But can it be blamed on that?

The Bruins actually had more scoring opportunities than the Jets, and they only lost 2-1 to the well rested Canadian team. What was the difference if the B's had every advantage on the board except for goals?

Ondrej Pavelec.

The Jets goaltender stopped 39-of-40 shots on goal, including an onslaught of 17 shots in the second period and big opportunities at the end of the third period. His stop on Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic with less than 6 minutes on the clock kept his team in the lead and kept the Bruins frustrated about not putting the puck in the net.

Meanwhile, Pavelec's counterpart wasn't so bad himself. Tuukka Rask had 33 saves on 35 shots and kept his team in it when the defense had let downs.

However, you can't just look at the defensive end. Before tonight the Bruins hadn't scored less than two goals in a single game since the end of October. They have only scored less than four goals only three times since November 1 as well.

Though they had their chances, they were without their sophomore superstar Tyler Seguin who was scratched for missing a team meeting and club breakfast according to Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. Though Seguin said his clock was still in Boston time and not in Winnipeg time, the 19-year-old sat in the press box watching his team take the ice.

The Jets started the scoring with a late first period goal from Andrew Ladd 18:22 into the first. Though the Bruins didn't respond in that period, though they had 17 shots on net in the second frame, Shawn Thornton came out and scored his second goal of the season three minutes in.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, there wasn't much time to celebrate the tying goal as Winnipeg came back to take the lead just minutes later.

4:50 into the period, Brian Little scored his 8th goal of the season to put the Jets up 2-1. Little came through and found a spot through the five hole of Rask and the team never looked back. His goal came right after Bruins forward David Krejci hit former teammate Mark Stuart into the boards, which left Stuart on the ice for a couple of minutes. No call was put against him for the hit but both teams played 4-on-4.

That goal was enough to break a month long streak, and Boston a taste of vile defeat once again.

The B's tough week isn't over yet and they will return back home to play the third best in the Eastern Conference, the Florida Panthers on Thursday at TD Garden.


Bruins Vs. Jets: Boston Can't Net One, Still Down 1-0

Neither team found the back of the net in the second period, and the Jets still hold a 1-0 lead going into the third period.

The Bruins did manage to put up multiple shots on net, outshooting the Jets 17-10 in the second period alone. Overall they have 27 shots through two frames, and have held the Jets to just 21 in that time.

The power play couldn't produce for the Black and Gold though, and the Bruins have gone 0-3 with that extra man. They have 12 shots on net, but nothing to show for it. It is showing promise, and they are getting the chances, but they can't seem to find the shot to make it count.

For the first time in what seems forever, Zdeno Chara is not the man with the most ice time tonight. Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg put up 17:11 on the ice, whereas Chara had just 16:50.


Bruins Vs. Jets: Seguin Scratched, B's Fall Behind 1-0 After First Period

Bruins forward Tyler Seguin was scratched just before the game tonight after GM Peter Chiarelli said he missed a team meeting and club breakfast. Forward Jordan Caron took his place in the lineup.

However, the Bruins ended the first period down by one. Winnipeg forward Andrew Ladd netted his ninth goal of the season with less than two minutes left in the period.

Both teams managed to stay disciplined, though the Jets did get sent to the penalty box once. Jim Slater went for slashing at the start of the period, but the Bruins couldn't convert. They took 10 shots on net and allowed 11 through on Rask.

This is the second time this season the Bruins have given up the first goal to the Jets. Last game, the B's allowed the first two goals in the first period before coming back in the second and eventually took the 4-2 win.


Bruins Vs. Jets Preview: TV/Radio Info, Time, Location And More

Event: Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 8:30 p.m. EDT.
Location: MTS Centre (Capacity: 15,004), Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Broadcast Info: Tuesday's game between the Bruins and the Jets will be broadcast live on NESN. The game can also be heard on the 98.5 the Sports Hub Radio Network, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.
Last Time Out: The Bruins are playing in their first back-to-back road series of the season after coming up with a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. Tim Thomas had 45 saves and let in only one goal for his tenth-straight win. The Bruins traveled over 1,000 miles last night to make it to Manitoba, and had no morning skate because of the late night travel.

Benoit Pouliot, Gregory Campbell and Tyler Seguin each netted a goal, and the Bruins kept both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out of the net to notch their fourth straight win, and their 14th of the last 15 games.

The Jets have won their last two games and are hoping to add a third tonight. Just 10 days ago they took a 4-2 loss to the Bruins in Boston, in the midst of their own back-to-back games. But the past couple of games have them back on track. Evander Kane specifically has led the way, with two goals on Saturday that put them past the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Alexander Burmistrov netted the tying goal and former Bruins players Mark Stuart took the game winning goal, with the helper going to Blake Wheeler.

Storyline: The last time these two teams met, the Bruins came out on top with a 4-2 win. That game, both teams had to play the previous day, but Winnipeg didn’t have the advantage of being at home.

Chris Kelly had two goals in that game and the Bruins came back from a two goal deficit to win. Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand also netted goals.

The main difference tonight will be the goaltender. Tim Thomas was in net before, but most likely Tuukka Rask will serve between the pipes tonight. With the late game and overnight flight, the 37-year old netminder should get some rest today. Rask is 4-1-0 against the Jets franchise, including a split with the Atlanta Thrashers last year. The Finnish goaltender is coming off a 4-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Players To Watch: Rask will be key in tonight’s game and someone to definitely watch. At the beginning of the season his starts in net usually meant no offensive support, but that’s been changing in the past couple of games. Offensively, that third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley had success against this team, so it’s not unreasonable to think they can’t do it again. The second line with Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand should also be stepping up because they haven’t been as loud as they should be for a couple of games now.

Prediction: I think you the outcome will definitely be directly connected to how they play in the first period. Last game against this team, the Jets came out early and scored a couple of goals to put the Bruins behind very quickly. If they do that again, with the Bruins already fatigued, they have the capacity to derail them. But, if the Bruins come out with energy and get ahead with a couple of goals, we’ve seen what they can do with a lead. Final Score: Bruins 3, Jets 1.


Bruins Vs. Jets: Winnipeg Hopes To Capitalize On Tired B's

The Bruins will face a brand new challenge tonight, having to play back-to-back games on the road for the first time this season. The Jets are hoping to capitalize on the fatigue and bring the Bruins back down to earth.

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