Bruins 5, Jets 3: Nathan Horton, Bruins Knock Out Winnipeg Late

The Bruins will have their hands full tonight after losing Brad Marchand for five games, and facing off against one of the only teams that has found a way to beat them since November -- the Winnipeg Jets (TV/Radio: NESN/WBZ-FM).

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Bruins Vs. Jets Final Score: B's Work Third Period Magic To Earn 5-3 Win Over Jets

This season, the Bruins have outscored their opponents 57-23 in the third period. Despite being down 3-2 heading into the final frame, they showed just how accurate those numbers are, posting three goals without giving one up to the Jets to earn a 5-3 win.

Just eight seconds into the third period, Nathan Horton gave the Bruins a chance early on, netting his second goal of the game to tie the game 3-3. Similar to his first goal in the first period, he again crashed the net and put it in back door, fooling Ondrej Pavelec after taking a pass cross ice from David Krejci.

Horton now has five goals in four games and looks like he's finally settled into the season once again.

Tyler Seguin continued the scoring trend, and at the 3:06 mark, he netted his 17th goal of the season after he deeked and backhanded his goal up over the blocker of Pavelec. He also extended his point-streak to to five games.

Benoit Pouliot once again contributed for the Bruins as well, netting the team's fifth goal of the night after taking his own rebound and shoving it past Pavelec after Andrew Ladd was sent to the penalty box for interference at 6:41.

While each individual put the puck in, it was a team effort through and through. The most talked about goal came in the second period though, after Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was hooked while streaking down the slot to the net.

Not only did the ref see it, but he called for a penalty shot--the first penalty shot Shawn Thornton has been awarded ever in his career, NHL or AHL.

But while he was nervous, he also knew exactly what he was going to do. He did a little dangle in front of the net and backhanded it over Pavelec's right shoulder to tie the game 2-2 with 14:44 left to play in the second period--a move his teammates were ecstatic about.

"You probably don't believe me, but I actually practice that move a bunch, we do a lot of shootouts during practice," Thornton said. "It used to work until Tuukka [Rask] knew it. So after they called for [the penalty shot], I looked at Tuukka and he was shaking his head yes to try it so, why not?"

Thornton came back just five minutes later and dropped gloves with former Bruin Mark Stuart after Stuart allegedly ran him in at the Jets goal. Thornton said he took offense to that and knew that Stuart would stand up to him.

"He's a friend of mine, a character guy," Thornton said. "He's a guy that I was sad to leave here, but at the same time he knew that i would probably be pushing back and he's always been a guy to stand up for himself.

"I'll still buy him a beer after this. No hard feelings."

Speaking of former Bruins, Blake Wheeler added a goal for the Jets, earning his ninth goal of the season. Also scoring for Winnipeg were Andrew Ladd and Eric Fehr.

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Bruins Vs. Jets Score Update: Thornton Scores On Penalty Shot, B's Down 3-2 After Second

Shawn Thornton made part of history after he was sent to center ice to take his first ever penalty shot. Earlier in the first period the Jets had a penalty shot opportunity where Rask was able to make the save.

In the entire history of the Boston Bruins, that had never happened before. Never once did a Bruins game have a penalty shot both for and against.

And fortunately for Thornton, he made it count.

He dangled his way down to Ondrej Pavelec and put a nifty backhanded shot over his blocker to tie the game back up 2-2. But perhaps what made it more impressive was that the Bruins were shorthanded at the time of the penalty shot. The Jets were afforded a 5-on-3 advantage and Thornton had just been released from the penalty box, while Andrew Ference was still in there. Thornton took the puck and brought it into the zone, and while he got a shot near the net, he was hooked and was awarded the shot.

Minutes later, he almost had another goal, but was knocked out of the way by former Bruins Mark Stuart. Thornton immediately got up and proceeded to grab Stuart by the sweater and throw down the gloves. He just needs the assist to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick.

Speaking of former Bruins, Blake Wheeler gave the Jets the lead at the beginning of the period, deflecting a shot past Rask. Eric Fehr added another one at 11:11 to give the Jets the 3-2 lead.


Bruins Vs. Jets Score Update: Late Horton Goal Ties Game 1-1 After First Period.

Well, there was certainly a change in pace after Saturday's game against the Canucks, and while both teams managed to get some good scoring chances, it wasn't particularly pretty.

However, both teams took a goal back into the locker rooms and the game's tied 1-1 after the first period.

The Jets had a chance early on, just 5:57 into the game. The Jets crashed on Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, and Rask was forced to make a tough save. But then Seidenberg was called for a penalty, hooking down Chris Thorburn, and Thorburn was awarded with a penalty shot.

Rask stoned him then, too.

But with 3:07 left in the period, Zach Bogosian scored his fourth goal of the season after the Bruins let a 3-on-1 get out of hand. The Jets swarmed Rask and passed the puck back out to the point. The shot from the blueline looked like it might have deflected off something and past Rask, but it put the Jets up 1-0.

Nathan Horton came back less than three minutes later, and with 40 seconds left to go in the period, took a feed from Milan Lucic and put it back back door to tie the game at one a piece.

**UPDATE** Jets goal was officially changed and was scored by Andrew Ladd.


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

Event: Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 7 p.m. EDT.
Location: TD Garden (Capacity: 17,565), Boston, MA.
Broadcast Info: Tuesday's game between the Bruins and the Jets will be broadcast live on NESN. The game can also be heard on 98.5 the Sports Hub Radio Network, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.

Last Time Out: Almost as equally unforgettable as the rest of their season to this point, the Bruins came out and had an uncharacteristic loss to the Vancouver Canucks, giving up four power play goals, and the 4-3 game.

The B’s gave them no shortage of chances either, giving Vancouver 11 power plays to score from. The Canucks had, and continue to have the best power play in the league, so they were bound to score a couple.

Two of those happened to come off an unfortunate turn of circumstances for the Bruins. With 1:13 left to go in the second period, Brad Marchand was thrown out of the game after allegedly clipping Sami Salo at the boards. He was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for it. In that five minutes, the Canucks scored twice, giving them the eventual game-winning goal.

For Winnipeg, Blake Wheeler scored the tying goal in the second period while Johnny Oduya netted the game winner, 57 seconds in overtime to give the Jets a 2-1 OT win over the Sabres on Saturday.

They got off to a slow start in the new year, dropping their first two contests against Montreal and Toronto. However, their most recent victory plus a couple of days rest has them feeling confident heading back into Boston tonight.

Storyline: This is the third game of the season series between the Bruins and the Jets, and with the series tied 1-1, tonight’s game could be an important one.

This will be the first time the Bruins play the Jets without it coming off a back-to-back game. In their previous two meetings, the Bruins played the Red Wings the day before, and then again in December, they played the Penguins before.

While the Bruins did come out on top in November, the Jets got the best of them in December, posting a 2-1 win over them. Shawn Thornton had the lone goal for the Bruins, and Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little netted the goals for Winnipeg. Tuukka Rask took the loss, putting up 33 saves. Ondrej Pavelec made 39.

Players To Watch: With Brad Marchand out five games with his suspension, Benoit Pouliot will once again be filling in for him on the second line. Last time Pouliot was there, was against the Calgary Flames where he added three assists to a 9-0 shellacking of the Flames. He has had some success in the last fews weeks and has been showing vast improvement since the beginning of the year.

With Pouliot moved up, Zach Hamill is down with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. He has been a part of the action quite a bit in the past month and he is starting to showcase what he can do on a consistent basis. Watch him play with two play makers and he might impress those who don’t know much about him.

Prediction: The Bruins are finally rested up before playing this team and with the fire they are feeling from last game, expect them to come out hard against the Jets and take a victory. Final Score: Bruins 4, Jets 2.


Bruins Vs. Jets: B's Will Try And Hang With Jets Without Brad Marchand

The Bruins will have their hands full tonight after losing Brad Marchand for five games, and facing off against one of the only teams that has found a way to beat them since November -- the Winnipeg Jets (TV/Radio: NESN/WBZ-FM).

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