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."