Third-period attack lifts Bruins over Jets, 5-3


Third-period attack lifts Bruins over Jets, 5-3

BOSTON -- The Bruins came from behind three times on Tuesday night at the TD Garden, and got back on track, defeating the Winnipeg Jets 5-3.

Boston scored three unanswered goals to get the win -- all coming in the third period -- after falling behind 3-2 to end the second period.

Nathan Horton scored his second of two goals, just eight seconds into the third period, tying the game at 3-3, as he went to the net and received a spin-o-rama pass from David Krejci, who took the puck deep down the left corner off the opening draw.

Three minutes after Horton finished the play off, Tyler Seguin gave the Bruins their first lead of the game, as he came streaking down the right wing, cut across the crease with a toe drag, and put a backhander upstairs to make it 4-3 Boston.

Then, nearly seven minutes into the third, Benoit Pouliot added insurance by knocking home a rebound out front, while on the power play to make it 5-3.

Tuukka Rask made 29 saves while picking up his 10th win of the season. Ondrej Pavelec picked up his 14th loss.

The Jets took two of their three leads in the second period, with the first being a quick score to take a 2-1 lead, as former Bruin Blake Wheeler batted down a shot from the left point in the opening minute.

Shawn Thornton tied the game at 2-2, five minutes into the second period, after scoring on a penalty shot. Thornton was coming out of the penalty box, and got the puck swinging up the boards on a Winnipeg shot that went wide left. As Thornton came in all alone, he was hooked at the last minute, and the penalty shot was awarded.

On that penalty shot, Thornton didn't disappoint, faking a shot, then toe-dragging to his backhand, where he then flipped it upstairs.

The Jets took a 3-2 lead, six minutes later, thanks to Eric Fehr's low shot from the left circle that re-directed off Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo's stick and skate. It was Corvo who started the rush, as he turned the puck over in the neutral zone while trying to make a cross-ice pass from his own blue line.

Both teams ended the first period in a 1-1 stalemate. Andrew Ladd put the Jets up 1-0 with 3:07 left in the first, after he batted down a Zach Bogosian slapper from the right point that beat Rask to his right.

The Bruins tied the game at 1-1 with 39.4 seconds left in the opening period, as Nathan Horton put home a Milan Lucic pass out front.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 


Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14


Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player. 

Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14. 

Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.