BRUINS Blow 4Q Lead... Again
The dog days of March continued for the Boston Bruins Wednesday evening. The Bruins traveled to Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada to take on the sixth seeded conference rival Jets. It looked very good for the Bruins early as Boston took an early 1-0 lead into the third and final period. However the tide quickly changed for the Bruins as three third period goals from the Jets sent Boston home with more than a sour taste in their mouths after a tough loss to the Jets.
Boston's Brad Marchond picked up his 13th goal of the season with just 8 seconds into the second period as Boston jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on the Jets. Marchond has been a bright spot for the Bruins offense all season long and has pretty much carried the Bruins offensively as of late. David Krechi has been the other consistent bright spot for the Bruins throughout the season. However, he missed this game with the Jets due to injury. Nathon Horton and Milan Lucic have gone ice cold as of late for Boston. Boston needs a lot more production out of their top two forwards then they have been receiving as of late. The Bruins sure could have used some offensive help besides Marchond in this game. As Boston took its 1-0 lead into the final period, you just had the feeling the Bruins lead may not have been enough to get the road win. Sure enough, the game would get out of hand for Boston in rapid fashion as they entered the third period.
Former Bruin Blake Wheeler was a major thorn in Boston's side in the final period. Wheeler scored a power play goal on Tuukka Rask at the 11:41 mark of the third period to tie the game at one a piece. The Jets followed suit with another goal just 57 seconds later as Evander Kane put the Jets up on the Bruins 2-1. Winnipeg added an empty net goal by Wheeler in the final minute of the game to give the Jets a final lead of 3-1. This marks the fifth time this season that the Bruins have lost after having a third period lead. This erratic play by the Bruins is coming at the worst time as the playoffs are quickly approaching. Boston looks to turn things around with matchups against the Senators and Maple Leafs coming up later this week. Boston actually plays a home ad home series against Toronto coming up with matchups on Saturday the 23th and Monday March 25th against Phil Kessel and the Leafs.
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