Winnipeg – The Winnipeg Jets scored first for the third straight game, and they were definitely the better team through the first 40 minutes on Monday Night at MTS Centre, but the Boston Bruins still managed to skate away with a 4-1 win.
Jets Captain Blake Wheeler fired in his third goal in as many games to open the scoring midway through the first period on a breakaway after serving a tripping minor. But the 1-0 lead held up for all of 19 seconds before Bruins veteran forward Dominic Moore jammed home a rebound to tie it 1-all.
It stayed that way until the final minute of the second period when David Pastrnak banked a centering attempt off Toby Enstrom to give Boston a 2-1 lead going into the second intermission. The Jets were outshooting the Bruins 25-16 at the time, but didn’t must much after that as the visitors clamped down defensively. And then rookie defenceman Brandon Carlo provided some insurance by scoring his first ever NHL goal with just under 2 minutes to play.
Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara’s empty net goal with 50 seconds remaining “sealed the deal” and sent Winnipeg on their way to a second straight defeat after the season opening overtime win versus Carolina.
Connor Hellebuyck took the loss, allowing 3 goals on 24 shots for the Jets who continue their week long homestand Wednesday Night versus Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs.