The Boston Bruins were beaten by the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout on Thursday night, 2-1. The loss marked their second in a row. In victory, the Jets earned a season series split with the Bruins. Boston gained a point in defeat and extended their lead in the race for the President’s Trophy.
It seemed as if the Bruins struggled to find meaningful motivation against the Jets. They played a sloppy game of hockey filled with turnovers and mistakes. Despite such a poor showing, the Bruins nearly won in regulation.
Up 1-0 with under two-minutes left in the game, Evander Kane scored his 18th goal of the season to draw Winnipeg even with Boston.
Johnson started in place of Tuukka Rask and played very well. He turned aside 36 of 37 shots.
Brad Marchand scored the opening goal of the game for the Bruins in the first period.
Because the Bruins loss came in extra time, they recieved one point in the standings. They now hold a three point lead over the Anaheim Ducks in the race for the President’s Trophy. Boston has 115 points. Anaheim has 112. The St. Louis Blues sit in third place with 111.
The Bruins are off Friday. They’ll return home on Saturday for a date with the Buffalo Sabres prior to closing out their season on Sunday in New Jersey.