The residue from the Bruins loss to the Canucks Saturday afternoon had not yet come off when the Winnipeg Jets showed up. The B's stumbled out of the gate and fell behind the Jets twice before a third period rally propelled them to come from behind 5-3 win Tuesday night at the TD Garden.
Nathan Horton had two goals and Shawn Thornton scored on a short-handed penalty shot while Tuukka Rask made 29 saves in the win.
Don't Call it a Comeback
Up until Tyler Seguin's third period goal the Bruins had been trailing the Jets all game. They came out slow, losing puck battles and blowing coverage. Perhaps it was coming down from the emotional overload that was Saturday's finals rematch but it took 40 minutes of hockey before the Bruins could find their game.
Horton may have two goals on the score sheet but it was the play of his center that made it all happen. Krejci was playing with the confidence of a true first line center as he extended his point streak to nine games. Blind passes, spin passes, Krejci was putting the puck exactly where it needed to be and it looks like he may be in for a big second half.
Sugar Sweet Hands
Shawn Thornton, yes our Shawn Thornton, made a Datsyuk like move to score on a short-handed penalty shot in the second period. The goal tied the game at two shortly after former Bruin Black Wheeler and put the Jets up. The goal was the highlight of a strong night for Thornton who was an assist away from a Gordie Howe hat trick. It's easy to forget that Thornton brings so much more than his pugilistic abilities to the ice for the Bruins, he is a hard worker who is strong on the forecheck and keeps opponents on their toes. Nights like these are a great reward.
Two "U"s Two "K"s
Tuukka Rask still has yet to lose since December 6th and still sits atop the league standings for goals against average and save percentage. Despite the Bruin's two extraordinary goalies this is still Tim Thomas' team, but with Rask's ability to come in sharp at anytime head coach Claude Julien can make sure that Thomas saves it for when they will need it the most, the playoffs.
The Bruins will welcome the tail-spinning Montreal Canadiens Thursday night to close out the homestand.