With a league leading 15 road games under their belts, the Winnipeg Jets find themselves back to a game below .500 following a 4-2 loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.
The Jets can take some comfort in the fact the 42 shots they had were the most the Bruins have given up in a game this season.
Jets now play 13 of 15 at home, starting Tuesday against Ottawa. (TSN Jets, TSN 1290).
The Jets grabbed a 2-0 lead as Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien scored 1:29 apart in the first period. Kane now has five goals in six games and it was the fourth time this year he opened the scoring in a game. It was his team leading 10th of the year. Byfuglien assisted on the Kane goal giving him 12 points in the last 11 games.
Kane had a great chance to tie it late in the third but from in tight, but could not get it over the pad of Tim Thomas. Thomas was great as was Ondrej Pavelec who made a number of big saves to give his team a chance.
Chris Kelly was the key for the Bruins. He scored two in the second, the first a short-handed effort. The Jets took four penalties in the second, including putting themselves down two men for the 11th time this season. They continue to lead the league in short-handed situations.
Brian Little and Andrew Ladd had five game point streak and three game streaks snapped.
Jets again minus Ron Hainsey, banged up in the Washington game.
"We threw four lines at them and they had plenty of juice in the tank in the third," said Jim Slater in a TSN 1290 post game interview.
Coach Claude Noel had these post game comments:
"With all the road games we have played and fatigue being a factor, one game under .500 is okay. We`ll get home, get reorganized and go forward. We played well as a group tonight, our effort was tremendous."
Special teams were the difference in the second. "We took too many penalties. We let our emotions get the best of us. The rhythm of the game got changed in the second and we didn`t manage it well. But I see lots of upside with this group. This group cares."