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Despite Control, B's Falter Late

After Jets' third period goals, Bruins lost momentum and couldn't get it back

Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 12:25 AM ET / Features
By Eric Russo  -
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Features – Tuesday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets was looking good for the Bruins, well into the third period. Up 1-0, with just over eight minutes to go, it appeared that they were on their way to snapping their two-game road losing skid.

The Jets had other ideas, however. Former Bruin Blake Wheeler tipped home a Zach Bogosian shot from the point, on the power play, to tie things at one at 11:44 of the third. Fifty-seven seconds later, Evander Kane’s goal off a rebound put Winnipeg up, 2-1, and showed that the Bruins’ momentum had vanished and shifted solely in the Jets’ favor.

The Bruins never got it back. Wheeler added an empty-netter to seal a 3-1 victory for Winnipeg, sending the Bruins to their second straight loss.

“Yeah, most of the time,” said Brad Marchand, after it was pointed out that the Bruins usually win games in which they play that well. “But we let down for a little bit of time there and let them back in it.

“That can't happen. We did play a pretty good game all night, we just let our foot off the peddle a little bit and they took advantage of it.”

Marchand admitted that when the Jets scored their first goal, it put the B’s back on their heels. The goal awoke the raucous MTS Centre crowd, creating a playoff-type atmosphere.

“You could tell that the crowd was very energetic and that they get a lot of momentum off that,” he said. “That's usually what happens when you're at home and you get a power play goal late in the game. They seemed to feed off it and they kind of put us back on our heels.

“We did have an opportunity right after on the next shift, but we still let up a little bit and let them back in it.”

Tuukka Rask tipped his cap to the Jets, calling their first goal, that tied the game at one, “just a pretty good goal.”

“I didn't track the guy, he was coming from the right side of me,” said the B’s goaltender of Wheeler, who tipped in the shot from the point. “I didn't see him coming at all and he skated right to the puck and it beat me upstairs. That's a tough reaction save to make. Sometimes you make those, sometimes you don't.”

On the go-ahead tally, another shot from the point trickled through Rask and Kane was able to smack home the rebound from the crease. Rask was not sure exactly what happened on the goal, but said he lost Kane, who was stationed back door.

“Well, I kind of saw the guy releasing it [from the point] and then I lost it, somebody got a stick on it somehow and it was going through me,” Rask explained. “I moved just an inch, and there was a guy waiting for the pass back door...and goal.

“It's just a tough play. I still don't know, I've got to watch the replay. I don't know how it got through me, I thought I was going down and somehow it just found a hole. Tough bounce.”

Ryan Spooner, called up from Providence on an emergency basis Monday, said although the momentum may have shifted after the Jets’ first goal, the Bruins should have been able to rebound and get the next one.

“I thought the first two periods were good,” said Spooner, who played in the middle of Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic. “I think we needed to keep on it a little bit more, but we laid off a little bit and paid the price for it.

“On the first [goal] maybe [the momentum shifted] a little bit, but I think when that happens you have to kind of settle things down and just get pucks in deep and, unfortunately, we didn't do that for that five minutes and it cost us.”




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