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Beyak: Hutchinson leads Jets over Bruins in shootout

Dennis Beyak
4/11/2014 10:30:42 AM
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Winnipeg Jets 2 Boston Bruins 1 (SO),  (Jets 36-35-10, Home 18-17-6) – The story of the game was 24-year-old Michael Hutchinson who picked up his first NHL win, and it came against the team that drafted him back in 2008.  It was his second straight start for the Jets; he suffered a 1-0 loss against Minnesota Monday. So this season Hutchinson has now won games in the ECHL, AHL and NHL. He was perfect three- for-three in the shootout to nail down the win. In his two starts he has stopped 48-of-50 shots, for a .960 save percentage.

The only goal of the first period was scored by Brad Marchand at 10:12. Boston's best chance was a breakaway by Jerome Iginla, but Hutchinson made the save. Shots were 12-6 Jets.

No scoring in the second with the Bruins outshooting the Jets 15-8. Hutchinson made a number of big saves as the Bruins had three power plays in the second half of the period.

The goaltenders dual, with Chad Johnson very good in the Bruins net, continued in the third as the teams traded chances. Johnson made a number of big saves as the Jets pressed for the tying goal in this their final home game of the regular schedule. Moments after hitting a post, Evander Kane tied the game with his 18th of the year. The goal came at 18:03 of the third. Toby Enstrom started the play, Blake Wheeler took the pass and in full flight found his way into the Bruins zone, dropped it for Kane who wired it home. Shots in the third were 15-10 Jets. The Kane goal ended a stretch of 148:21 without a Jets goal at the MTS Centre.

Overtime did not produce a winner, each team with two shots on goal in overtime. Bryan Little was the only player to score in the shootout, but it was all Hutchinson needed for the win.

At 25:43 it was the 21st time this season Jacob Trouba has led the Jets in ice time while Evander Kane with seven shots on goal led in that department.  Little won 15-of-23 face-offs.

Hutchinson was named the game's first star and admitted in a post-game interview on TSN Jets that the win was extra special because it came against the team that drafted him.

“It's a team that let me go, plus I know a lot of guys on that team.”

On the win, “I want to show I can play at this level. I felt determined and relaxed.”

Coach Paul Maurice on his goaltender: “He read those seams perfectly, his push was perfect. The players played as hard as they could to give him a chance to be great and win.”

Jets were again minus Andrew Ladd, who will not play in the team's final game in Calgary Friday (TSN Jets TSN 1290). Devin Setoguchi dealing with a private matter was also out. Including Al Montoya, Jets were minus 10 regulars.

The Bloggers: TSN Radio 1290 broadcasters Dennis Beyak and Brian Munz cover the Winnipeg Jets all season long. Manitoba-native Beyak is the play-by-play announcer for Jets regional games on TSN Jets and on TSN Radio 1290. Munz serves as a commentator for Jets broadcasts on TSN Radio 1290. Munz had previously been the voice of the Manitoba Moose.

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