NHL: Bruins shut out Jets
The Boston Bruins snapped a two-game losing skid, defeating the Jets 3-0 in Winnipeg on Thursday night.
Boston’s Jeremy Swayman stopped 36 shots for his third shutout of the season. Trent Frederic, Pavel Zacha and Tomas Nosek were the goal scorers for the Bruins (51-11-5, 107 points).
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It was just the fourth time this season that the Jets were shut out. Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves on 23 shots for the Jets (38-28-3, 79 points), who have won just four times over their past 15 games.
The Bruins opened the scoring 50 seconds into the contest, when the Jets left Frederic alone in the slot. He quickly popped the puck into the net on Boston’s first shot of the game.
The Jets pushed back, generating some great chances with seven shots over two power-play opportunities following a pair of tripping calls on Boston. However, the Bruins lit the lamp next.
With 6:38 remaining in the first period, Boston made it 2-0. A streaking Zacha, turning the puck up ice following a neutral-zone turnover by Winnipeg, wired a shot past Hellebuyck.
Both teams were kept off the scoreboard in the second period, with Swayman collecting 13 stops, while Hellebuyck settled in for 11 saves in the middle frame.
Only three times this season have the Bruins failed to pick up two points when leading into the third period, and Thursday night in Winnipeg was no exception.
Boston clogged up the middle of the ice in the final stanza and swallowed up the final Jets offensive efforts as the minutes ticked away.
With six seconds remaining, Nosek put the puck into the empty net to grow the Bruins’ lead and really put away the victory.
Bruins blueliner Derek Forbort left the game and did not return after blocking a shot from Neal Pionk in the second period.
–Field Level Media
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