Seguin and Bergeron score in shootout, Bruins defeat Jets 2-1
Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) scores on Winnipeg Jets' Ondrej Pavelec during the shootout in an NHL hockey game in Boston, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. The Bruins won 2-1. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, January 21, 2013 4:23PM CST
Last Updated Monday, February 11, 2013 5:38PM CST
BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron showed why he's more than just an offensive forward.
Bergeron helped kill off a penalty in overtime before he scoring in the shootout, leading the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday afternoon.
Tyler Seguin scored the other shootout goal and Brad Marchand had the regulation goal for the Bruins (2-0-0).
Boston was short-handed for two minutes 17 seconds of overtime after playing the final 71 seconds of regulation down a man.
Bergeron felt like the solid penalty killing was a simply a matter of keeping things easy.
"We've stuck to our system," he said. "I guess we've kept it simple."
Tuukka Rask made 26 saves in regulation and overtime and held the Jets to only Blake Wheeler's goal in the shootout. Bryan Little, the last shooter, hit the right post to end the game.
Ondrej Pavelec made 26 saves in regulation for the Jets, but gave up goals to Boston's first two shooters in the extra session. Chris Thorburn scored for the Jets (0-1-1).
In the shootout, Seguin moved in, shifted a few times before beating Pavelec with a forehand shot to the glove side. Bergeron, the second shooter, slipped the puck between Pavelec's pads.
The Jets played the final 1:11 of regulation and opening 49 seconds of OT on a power play when Johnny Boychuk high-sticked Little. Olli Jokinen's tip-in attempt slid just wide of an open side of the net in the closing seconds.
Winnipeg also had a power play for the final 1:28 of overtime when Zdeno Chara was called for holding Wheeler, but it failed to get a decent shot on net despite being set up in Boston's end for a good portion of time.
"I think we were playing aggressive right off the bat," Bergeron said. "We didn't give them time to set up the plays they wanted because we were so aggressive."
Boston coach Claude Julien felt his team's penalty killing unit led to the win.
"That's what made the difference," he said. "I thought our PK was good. (Bergeron) and (Chris Kelly) were breaking up plays when they got over the blue line."
Winnipeg was 0-for-4 on the power play.
"It's disappointing when you get those opportunities in the end there," Jets forward Evander Kane said. "Myself, I can't be making those bad passes and not generating anything. That's something that we're going to have to get better at."
The Bruins had a power play late in regulation when Kane was whistled for goaltender interference. Rich Peverley clanged a slap shot from the left point off the right post seconds after the ensuing faceoff. Nathan Horton had a chance in close, but Pavelec dropped to make a chest save.
Early in the third, Winnipeg's Paul Postma hit the post to Rask's right. Seconds later, the netminder, moving across the crease, made a glove save on Thorburn.
In a game that lacked the emotion and fan enthusiasm of Boston's opening 3-1 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday, both teams seemed lacklustre for long stretches in the first and second periods.
Coming of a 4-1 loss at home against Ottawa in their season opener, the Jets scored their first even strength goal of the season when Thorburn scored off the rebound of Postma's shot from the point 1:58 into the game. The assist was Postma's first NHL point.
Boston tied it 1-1 when Seguin stole Jokinen's clearing pass near Winnipeg's blue line, broke in on the right wing and fed a streaking Marchand. who redirected the puck past Pavelec from the low slot with just under six minutes left in the opening period.
The Bruins had a few excellent scoring chances late in the second. Defenceman Aaron Johnson hit the post with just over four minutes to play. The Bruins' best opportunity came when Seguin collected the rebound of Bergeron's shot in the front of the net, shifted to his right and missed an open net with a little over two minutes to play.
The Jets, who had a pair of power play chances in the second, nearly regained the lead early in the second, but Jokinen hit the side of an open net while skating on a man advantage.
Rask made a glove save of Kyle Wellwood on a clean breakaway midway into the opening period.