The Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets provided hockey fans with an abundance of entertainment Tuesday night at the Bell MTS Centre.
These teams combined to score eight goals, there were lots of huge hits (including a suspension-worthy hit by Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey), tons of trash talk and several controversial calls from the referees.
Sixty-five minutes wasn’t enough to determine a winner. The Jets ultimately prevailed in the fourth round of the shootout to earn the extra point in the standings.
The Bruins fall to 47-10-11 with the loss, while the Jets improve to 47-19-10.
Here’s how it all went down.
Jets star Patrik Laine, who’s scored 43 goals this season, was stopped by B’s goalie Anton Khudobin on an early first-period breakaway.
JETS ON THE BOARD
Winnipeg went up 1-0 at 5:33 of the first period on a goal by Brandon Tanev. The goal originally was waved off by the referee closest to the net, but his mind was changed by the other referee and the call on the ice was changed to a goal. The play was reviewed and the goal stood, even though available replays never confirmed the puck fully crossed the goal line.
THE KID DOES IT AGAIN
David Krejci forced a turnover and found Ryan Donato, who lifted a backhand shot past Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck to tie the score 1-1 with 53 seconds left in the first period. It was Donato’s third goal of the season.
Tanev scored his second goal of the game just six seconds into the second period to put the Jets up 2-1.
The Jets doubled their lead when former Bruin Joe Morrow scored on a shot from the point to give Winnipeg a 3-1 lead.
Morrissey leveled Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk at the end of the second period. It was a dangerous hit, and it resulted in the Jets defenseman being assessed 5-minute major penalty for boarding. Morrissey launched himself at Grzelcyk from behind and drove his head into the dasher.
The Bruins tied the score with a pair of power-play goals while Morrissey was in the box for five minutes.
First, it was Danton Heinen keeping the puck in the zone with a save on the blue line, and he later scored on that shift to make it 3-2 in favor of Winnipeg.
The Jets initiated a coach’s challenge for offsides and lost, so the B’s got a little more than a minute of a 5-on-3 power play. David Pastrnak cashed in on the man advantage with his 31st goal of the season to tie the score 3-3.
Tanev completed his hat trick with a wraparound goal on Khudobin, who couldn’t seal his left post in time.
Torey Krug tied a career high with his sixth power-play goal of the season. This tally tied the score at four goals apiece with 11:54 remaining in the third period. It was Boston’s third power-play goal of the period.
OT AND SHOOTOUT
The Jets hit the post late in overtime, but the best scoring chance of the extra period came in the final 10 seconds when Brad Marchand failed to score on a breakaway.
Laine’s goal in the fourth round of the shootout ended up being the game-winner. Donato scored Boston’s only shootout goal.
The Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden on Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
Thumbnail photo via James Carey Lauder/USA TODAY Sports
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