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Jets Beat Bruins in Boston for first time since 2007

The Winnipeg Jets beat the Boston Bruins in the regular season opener 6-2, scoring 6 goals in the finale 35 minutes of game play.

The win comes as the first time that the Jets have beat the Bruins on the road since 2007. At that time, the Jets were still the Atlanta Thrashers. That game, the Thrashers won 3-2 with Boston goals from Marco Strum and Petr Kalus. The Bruins netminder, Joey McDonald, stopped and impressive 37 of 40 shots by the Thrashers.

Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara, the only current Bruins players from the 2006-07 team, both put up assists during the game. There were some very entertaining fights for the fans as well.

“That’s a while (ago),” Jets coach Paul Maurice commented, “I was just going to say the Jets didn’t play more than three years ago, so we’re going back a while. Thankfully, we’re not responsible for the earlier (losses), I guess.”
Boston’s two goals were courtesy of the Matt Beleskey, David Krejci and David Pastrnak line. Krecji opened up the scoring early in the first, with Pastrnak following up in the third period.
“Well, we kind of got away from our defensive game,”  David Krejci said of the game. “I thought we did a pretty good job of creating a bunch of scoring chances, but on the other hand, totally forgot about our defensive game.”
Winnipeg’s goals came from Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Drew Stafford in the second period, with Chris Thorburn, Nicolas Petan, and Alexander Burmistrov adding to the total in the third.
Though happy about the win, Jet’s captain Andrew Ladd believes that the team still has plenty to work on, remembering the 4 game losing streak the Jets embarked on last season after a big win in their season opener.
“We’ve got to keep our heads level here and realize we’ve got to get better,” he said. “We didn’t play a great game. We got better, but there’s still a ton of room for improvement, and hopefully we can do that tomorrow night.”
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask finished the game with 25 saves, giving up 5 goals (Winnipeg’s final goal was scored on an empty net). The Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec had an impressive 29 saves and only gave up 2 goals, earning him the position of the game’s second star.
Boston’s next game is at home on Saturday, taking on the Montreal Canadiens. Winnipeg heads to New Jersey to take on the Devils on Friday.

About Jillian Gordon

Jillian is a writer from Edmonton, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alberta and loves all sorts of cultural phenomena. In addition to writing, Jillian's hobbies include photography and playing roller derby.