WINNIPEG, CANADA - DECEMBER 6: Andrew Ladd #16 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins in NHL action at the MTS Centre on December 6, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
It may have been a throw-away game before it even started, with the Bruins coming into Winnipeg after winning an emotional, physical battle against Pittsburgh the night before. But when it was announced that Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch after missing a team meeting, you pretty much knew what was going on.
The Bruins, in spite of everything, mounted a fierce attack in the second and third periods after going down early on an Andrew Ladd goal at 18:22 of the first period, but it amounted to nothing, and the Black and Gold's 15-game point streak was laid to rest in Central Manitoba.
Shawn Thornton scored the lone goal for Boston, which lost in regulation for the first time since October 29th, a span of 38 days.
It was after David Krejci checked former teammate Mark Stuart a third of the way through the final period that both teams went a man down, and it took Bryan Little just five seconds to use the open ice to his advantage, taking the puck up the left wing and beating Tuukka Rask long to put the Jets up 2-1, and that lead would hold despite a fierce Bruins attack in the closing minutes of the third frame.
Boston had countless chances in the second period, but was unable to convert any of them as Ondrej Pavelec kept the Bruins at bay for most of the game in what became a much more physical matchup than anyone would have anticipated following the Bruins' tilt on Monday night.
While the loss is disheartening for the team and its fans, the streak had to come to an end at some point, and the Bruins' battling all game long has to be a positive sign for a team that should have been too tired to put forth a 60-minute effort
The Bruins will spend the night in Winnipeg instead of taking a red-eye back to Boston. They'll return home on Wednesday and prepare to face the Southeast Divsion-leading Florida Panthers on Thursday.