WINNIPEG The Bruins had their chances to steal a game in the third period, but for once there wasnt enough remaining in the gas tank.
The Bruins tied things up briefly in the third period, but the Winnipeg Jets took down the Bs at a loud and raucous MTS Centre while Tyler Seguin sat as a healthy scratch after missing team meetings Tuesday morning.
Both Winnipeg goals had two things in common: Joe Corvo played some phantom defense in his own end and Tuukka Rask came up empty in a spot where he could have made a big stop. The first was an Andrew Ladd scorcher in the first period after he blew past Corvo skating up the left wing a shot that beat Rask to the short side post when he couldnt close it off.
The second score came in a tied game in the third period after David Krejci was whistled off for a hit from behind on Mark Stuart, and it happened quickly. Bryan Little won the opening face-off and carried the puck through a dozing Bruins penalty kill unit before beating Rask cleanly as he uncharacteristically crumpled into a ball attempting to make the save.
In between there was a Shawn Thornton goal in the third period that gave Boston hope they could steal a road game they couldnt deserve, but alas the Bs instead lost their first game in regulation since Oct. 29 a span of 15 magical games that saw them go from the outhouse to the penthouse in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins had to have qualifying offers in by 5 p.m. Monday on their restricted free agents in order to retain them as RFA’s, and they didn’t sent out qualifying offers to Landon Ferraro, Brett Connolly and Ben Sexton. The Bruins can still sign each of these players to reduced deals prior to July 1, but after that they become unrestricted free agents.The Bruins did send out qualifying offers to Brian Ferlin, Chris Casto, Alex Khokhlachev, Torey Krug, Joe Morrow and Colin Miller in order to retain their RFA rights, and protect themselves from other NHL teams attempting to poach them with offer sheets. While the Sexton move isn’t surprising, given that he was a bottom-six forward at the AHL level, it’s a bit of an eyebrow-raiser that neither Ferraro nor Connolly were tendered. Ferraro was a nice waiver pickup, posting 5 goals and 10 points in 68 games along with a minus-11 rating last season. He was a speedy presence on the fourth line with occasional splashes of offense, and had also worked his way into the penalty-kill group. Connolly, 24, finished with 9 goals and 25 points in 71 games along with a minus-1 rating. He struggled to produce offense even though he spent long stretches playing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand last season. Still, he was the sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft and the Bruins gave up two second-round picks to Tampa Bay for him less than two years ago, so the move is somewhat unexpected.The door may not be closed on either Ferraro or Connolly returning to Boston, but it certainly doesn’t feel like they’re coming back after Monday afternoon’s appearance on the NHL transaction list.
Michael Felger on the report the Boston Bruins are in the mix for Steven Stamkos.
ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.
Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.
"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."
Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.
Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.
According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.