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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bruins Hold Off Jets 2-1 In Shootout, Start 2-0 For The First Time In 11 Years

After the excitement of Opening Night against the Rangers wore off, the Bruins (2-0-0) lacked the jump & ruthless skill of that win but they still managed to find a way to beat the Jets (0-1-1) 2-1 in a shootout this afternoon at TD Garden.

Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron had the goals in the shootout and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (2-0-0) made 26 saves plus two vital stops in the shootout to earn full two points.

Winnipeg actually scored 1:58 into the game as something called Chris Thorburn (1st of the season) followed a rebound from Paul Postma's shot from the point. Jim Slater had the other assist.

Brad Marchand (1st of the season) tied it at 14:12 off a spectacular feed from Tyler Seguin, who had stolen the puck in Winnipeg's zone then dished it to Marchand for an easy tap-in past Ondrej Pavelec (26 saves).

Both teams mostly sleepwalked through the rest of the contest, the B's somehow hit the post a whopping four times. It's hard to explain how a team could be so good on the penalty kill (9 for 9 this season) yet so awful on the power play (0 for 9) but that's the Bruins for you. Their penalty kill really bailed them out today, not allowing a goal even when Winnipeg had two power plays in overtime.

Besides Rask (who's given up two goals in 125 minutes), Dougie Hamilton has to be the biggest positive so far for Boston. With Dennis Seidenberg (lower body injury) out this afternoon, the rookie skated with Zdeno Chara and ended up with the second-most ice time on the team (23:27). Plus, the first line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton hasn't racked up the points yet but they've had tons of chances which is a good sign.

Boston is at New York's (0-2-0) Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m., NBCSN), a game which the Rangers desperately need after getting blown out (6-3) by Pittsburgh on their home ice Sunday night. An 0-3 start for an Eastern Conference heavyweight would be rough.





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