Bruins-Jets Preview

The Boston Bruins have largely been successful on the merits of

their third-period play. They’re hoping the last game – where they

fell apart in the final 20 minutes – was merely a hiccup.

The Winnipeg Jets, meanwhile, look to repair their league-worst

penalty kill against one of the weakest power-play units.

The Jets, likely without their top point-scorer, will try to

avenge last month’s tough loss at Boston when they host the Bruins

on Sunday.

Boston (8-2-2) enters the second stop of a season-long five-game

road trip having gone 0-1-1 in its last two. The Bruins had won six

of the previous seven contests while continuing to dominate in the

third period, where they outscored opponents 10-4.

That wasn’t the case in Friday’s 4-2 loss at Buffalo, when they

were outscored 3-0 and outshot 10-3 in the final period. It was the

second time in 12 games they were outscored in the third, the first

coming in an earlier loss to Buffalo.

Boston has outscored opponents 15-8 in the third period on the

season but has been outscored 19-17 in the first and second.

“You like your team to be confident but you don’t want them

being overconfident,” coach Claude Julien said. “We came out there

in the third and forgot to do the work. … We didn’t deserve this

game.”

A positive for the Bruins was the continued strong play of

rookie Dougie Hamilton, who tallied his first career goal in the

first period and assisted on Rich Peverley’s second-period score.

Hamilton’s five assists are tied for second on the team.

“I thought he played pretty good,” Peverley said of Hamilton,

who became the first 19-year-old Bruins defenseman to score a goal

since Jonathan Girard did so on Nov. 13, 1999. “Getting that first

goal maybe feels like a monkey on his back a little bit. Maybe that

will just improve his confidence even more. He’s making great plays

already back there and he’s just going to get better.”

Boston’s power play continues to drag, tallying only two goals

on its last 24 advantages over seven games. The Bruins have five

goals on 45 power-play opportunities this season (11.1

percent).

Conversely, the Jets (5-7-1) had struggled on the penalty kill,

allowing 14 goals on 43 opponent power plays (67.4 percent penalty

kill), though they killed off both of Boston’s opportunities in the

first meeting, a 2-1 shootout loss on Jan. 21.

Winnipeg’s biggest loss Friday wasn’t the 3-1 result to

Pittsburgh – its third straight home defeat – but rather what

happened to Tobias Enstrom. He left the game holding his right arm

after being checked into the boards. Coach Claude Noel didn’t

specifically describe the injury but said it would be more serious

than a day-to-day situation.

Enstrom is the team’s leader in points with 11 assists and two

goals.

His absence likely won’t help a Jets offense that has dragged

lately. Winnipeg has six goals on 114 shots (5.3 percent) while

going 1-3-0 over the last four games.

Boston’s Patrice Bergeron scored the deciding shootout goal in

the previous meeting while goaltenders Ondrej Pavelec and Tuukka

Rask each made 26 saves through overtime.

The Bruins scored two goals on 14 power-play opportunities while

splitting the teams’ four meetings last season.