Talking Points: Jets 2, Bruins 1 (SO)

Talking Points: Jets 2, Bruins 1 (SO)
April 11, 2014, 12:30 am
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GOLD STAR: It was four years in the making since becoming a professional player in the Bruins organization, but goalie Michael Hutchinson stopped 32 shots against the team that drafted him to earn his first NHL victory. While it’s pretty clear the Bruins offense wasn’t operating at full efficiency, Hutchinson was forced to make some pretty good saves in holding the B’s offense to a single goal in the 65 minutes. The best save might have been Hutchinson going post-to-post on a cross-ice pass from Torey Krug to Jarome Iginla on the power play and flashing a quick glove that stopped the one-timer attempt cold. Hutchinson wasn’t much in Winnipeg’s NHL plans moving forward, but allowing two goals in his first two NHL games might be enough to sway Jets management.

BLACK EYE: The entire Bruins team gets the black mark for this one as there wasn’t much of a feeling that the B’s brought everything they have, or that they were taking the game very seriously with the playoffs right around the corner. The Jets outshot the Bruins 17-12 in the third period and overtime and never stopped pushing against a Boston team that appeared happy to simply just hang on. That dynamic eventually resulted in the B’s blowing yet another lead in the final two minutes of the third period on an Evander Kane blast. It continues to leave an uneasy feeling with two games remaining in the regular season.

TURNING POINT: The goal with 1:57 to go in the third period featured David Krejci falling down in the neutral zone while trying to slow down Blake Wheeler. Then the former B’s winger blew right past the Bruins defense before dropping a pass to Evander Kane. The Winnipeg winger had an outstanding game and scored the game-tying score with his 18th goal of the season. There have been far too many times when the younger B’s players have allowed other teams to score in the final minutes prior to end of the period.

HONORABLE MENTION: Brad Marchand finished with a first-period goal, his 50th point of the season, and six generated shot attempts, and injected some energy into things early in the game. The goal was a nice speedy, intrepid play where Marchand got the drop on Adam Pardy, and then rifled a shot through Hutchinson. It was Marchand that was challenged in a unique blend of power and skill to be continued at a later date. Marchand couldn’t really maintain the quick pace for 65 minutes without longtime linemate Patrice Bergeron, but he fooled Hutchinson early off a nice Reilly Smith pass to open up the scoring.

BY THE NUMBERS: 79 – the number of games played by Patrice Bergeron, who missed his first game of the season on Thursday after playing in every game for the Black and Gold – plus the Olympics – this season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We looked like a disinterested team tonight and they were determined to have a good strong finish here…they did.” –Claude Julien is not enjoying what he’s seeing lately with his Bruins team.