Saturday's game had a strange start to it with Chris Thorburn dropping the gloves with Zdeno Chara after Chara got a penalty for a high hit on Blake Wheeler. Two seconds after that, James Wright fought Matt Fraser. All of that occurred before the game was even four minutes old.
The Jets opened the scoring at the 10:54 mark of the first period with Dustin Byfuglien scoring his 9th of the season, unassisted. Byfuglien has scored in back-to-back games and has now surpassed his goal total of last year with three goals and seven assists in his last 11 games.
But he would be the only Jet to beat Tuukka Rask in the afternoon game in Boston.
Daniel Paille tied the game at 14:06 and the first period ended 1-1 with the Bruins outshooting the Jets 10-9.
The second period was the Jets' best offensively, but despite outshooting the Bruins 19-12, the team came out trailing 3-1.
With the game still tied at one, the Jets had a number of chances to take the lead, the best when Devin Setoguchi had Rask down and put one off the cross bar. Only 53 seconds later, the Bruins took the lead
Torey Krug scored his first of two goals and, after an assist on the goal in the first, had his first career three-point game. The rookie defenceman was a plus-three in the game with four shots on goal.
The only goal of the third came from Riley Smith with his team leading 15th of the year.
The Jets outshot the Bruins 37-29 with Byfuglien leading the way with seven shots, followed by Evander Kane with six. After 19 shots by defencemen in Ottawa, Jets had another 19 in this game.
Jacob Trouba had tough night, finishing minus-three in only 18:44 of ice time, his second lowest total of the season other than the game against St. Louis where he was injured. Andrew Ladd has now gone back-to-back games without a shot on goal, while Bryan Little's current run of only two goals in his last 21 games (he's pointless in his last four) has Byfuglien just one point behind him for the team scoring lead. Blake Wheeler has now been kept off the score sheet for three straight games.
“I didn't think we played hard enough,” commented Jets coach Claude Noel post-game." We had a few good scoring chances in the second, but needed more people in front of the net. Our guy (Ondrej Pavelec) didn't see much on the ones that went in. You can't give up four goals in this league and expect to win. We have to defend better, we have to check better. Give up three or four and you are chasing the game.”
The Jets close out their three-game road trip in Pittsburgh against the Penguins on Sunday afternoon before returning home to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday evening.
Both games are available on TSN Jets regional and TSN Radio 1290 Winnipeg.