Jets edge Bruins 5-4 in shootout Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Patrick Laine scored the game winner in the shootout as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Boston bruins 5-4 Tuesday night.

The game included a career first by Jets Centre Brandon Tanev, who tallied his first hat trick.

"It's a special moment. An unbelievable feeling. You don't expect that going into the game. But it's a testament to our team, how they play and the leadership we have here. Adam and Andrew did a great job. We were on the puck all night long. Just as much credit goes to those guys as I do putting the puck into the net."

"It's a great way to finish off an unbelievable home stand," he added.

Tanev's first goal came with controversy however as he banked the disc in off of Boston goaltender Anton Khubodin's left pad and it was unclear for a moment if the disc had fully crossed the line. Khubodin scooped up the puck in his catcher and showed the referee but the officials consulted and ruled it a goal before their ruling was confirmed after a lengthy video review.

"It wasn't (in)," said Khubodin. "I'm pretty sure it wasn't in. My eyes was there and my glove was there. So I was pretty sure I saved it."

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Ryan Donato evened the contest with 53 seconds left in the first period when Mark Scheifele blindly backhanded the puck right onto Donato's stick in an attempt to clear the zone.

Donato skated in and promptly beat Connor Hellebucyk with a high backhand shot to score 3rd of the season.

Tanev gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead just 16 seconds into the second period after Adam Lowry scooped up a loose puck that rolled off of Brad Marchand's stick before banking it off the right boards for Tanev.

Tanev skated into the puck and hit the Bruins blue line with speed before cutting to the centre and beating Khubodin with a low shot to score his 2nd of the night. Joe Morrow gave Winnipeg a 3-1 lead 6:25 into the second period, blowing a slap shot past Khubodin from the left point after Mark Scheifele hit him with a nifty backhand saucer pass from the right side boards.

Morrow took a moment before stepping into his shot, beating Khubodin blocker side with a high shot.

Danton Heinen pulled the Bruins to within a goal 1:45 into the third period with a power play marker.

Heinen held the puck in at the blue line before wiring a wrister past Hellebuyck from the high slot, beating him high glove side.

The play was challenged by Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice as being offside but the call was upheld and Winnipeg was assessed a delay of game penalty for the unsuccessful challenge leaving them two men down as Josh Morrissey was already serving a five minute major for boarding.

David Pastrnak scored on the ensuing power play, hammering a shot past Hellebuyck from the slot at 3:36 when Torrie Krug hit him with a perfect pass.

The goal was his 31st of the season.

Tanev restored the lead for the Jets scoring shorthanded at 4:29 circling the Boston net before scoring on a wraparound to score his third goal of the night to make it 4-3 Winnipeg.

Torrey Krug tied the contest on the power play at 8:06.

With Mark Scheifele off for cross checking, Brad Marchand spotted Krug alone by the left point and hit him with a crisp, cross ice pass.

The veteran defenceman stepped into a slap shot, beating the Winnipeg goaltender glove side with a high shot from the left side boards to tie the game at 4.

“That's been the staple of our team for the last few years," said Krug of his club's ability to score with the man advantage, after his Bruins scored three power play goals.

"We take a lot of pride in using it as a tool, to not only get us into games, but to win us some games. It was a big moment for us to get back into it so we'll take 'em as we can get it. Just came up a little bit short in the end," said Krug.

The game went to overtime.

There was no scoring in overtime and the game went to a shootout.

BOSTON-Donato (score), Pastrnak (miss), Marchand (miss), Heinen (miss)

WINNIPEG-Little (miss), Scheifele (score), Wheeler (miss), Laine (score)

Boston Head Coach Bruce Cassidy wasn't making excuses about the game's first goal afterward.

"It was a tough call to go against us I think to be able to see it from the blue line where the linesman was. But he said he saw it and the refs went with that. I don't know that you do much more than plead your case and disagree and then the game moves on, we're behind 1-0. So you just try and get back in the game."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said he was happy with his club's effort but gave due credit of his checking forward's night coming together for him.

Boston Head Coach Bruce Cassidy wasn't making excuses about the game's first goal afterward.

"It was a tough call to go against us I think to be able to see it from the blue line where the linesman was. But he said he saw it and the refs went with that. I don't know that you do much more than plead your case and disagree and then the game moves on, we're behind 1-0. So you just try and get back in the game."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice was happy for his checking centreman afterward. “If it’s not a guy that’s here to score goals and he gets a hat trick, everybody loves it five times as much. He’s going out in the overtime and these guys are cheering for him and excited. He did a marvellous job defending. Surprised? They’re all really good players. He scores in practice, he’s not in a role where he’s going to get power-play time and those type of things, but no, when you work that hard, every once in a while, something great is going to happen for you.”

SHOTS-BOSTON 32 WINNIPEG 32

ATTENDANCE-15,294

NOTES-The win gave Winnipeg 104 points on the season but they still trail the Predators by 5 points as they also won in a shootout.

Last modified on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 04:52
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