By MyFM's Jake Archer - Once again, I'll just say that the Bruins are never dead. No deficit is too big for them to overcome and they never get down and out with thinking they can't win a game. Last night, they made the comeback but were still snuffed out by a very good Winnipeg Jets team in a shootout, 5-4. It's tough to feel good about a loss, especially when you consider that the B's should really be improving in a lot of areas and playing the whole game at a high-level, but that was a fun game and just further scared the rest of the NHL. The league knows that this Bruins team is not going to go quietly, ever.
Brandon Tanev opened the scoring for the Jets in the first with a goal a little over five and a half minutes in. Bruins rookie Ryan Donato tied it on an unassisted back-hand finish for his third goal of his short season late in the period. Tanev took the lead back just 16 seconds into the second and defenseman Joe Morrow padded the lead with his first goal for the Jets to make it 3-1 about six minutes later. It was another hole for the Bruins to climb out of in the third period, but anyone questioning whether they could do it has not watched enough of this team to have a clue.
The B's were fired up heading into the final period because of a rough boarding penalty from Josh Morrissey on Matt Grzelcyk. The hit from behind took him out for the game with a "lower body injury." He will be evaluated further back in Boston.
Danton Heinen got an early goal in the third on a power-play chance to move Boston within one. David Pastrnak cashed in on another advantage just two minutes later to tie the score at 3. It was Pastrnak's 31st goal of the season. Immediatley after this happened, I fired off a tweet about the Bruins never going away and as soon as I put my phone down, the Jets answered back to reclaim the lead. Tanev had completed his first career hat-trick with a shorthanded goal under a minute later. It was a tough pill to swallow as the B's had just given themselves a second life and then had the wind sucked out of them. Could they find a way to bounce back again?
Of course they could. Torey Krug netted a power play goal about four minutes later and the game was all tied at 4. The Bruins had come back from the dead late again and again, which I'm sure frustrated the Jets to no end. Boston was like a horror movie villain and just could not be killed. The two teams would skate to overtime all knotted up, and nothing would change in the extra period. After overtime, it was still 4-4 and they'd head to a shootout. After Ryan Donato converted the first attempt for the Bruins, Mark Scheifele matched him by snapping one into the back of the net. Boston went cold as Pastrnak and Brad Marchand both missed and Patrik Laine closed it out by sneaking one by Anton Khudobin for the win.
Khudobin had a rough night in net as he saved only 28 of the 32 shots that came his way. The shots were pretty much even throughout and although the Bruins really had the power play going, they didn't have enough on this night. Rookie goaltender Connor Hellebuyck didn't fair much better between the posts and almost melted down with his team to throw the game away, but he had just enough to finish off a win. The victory capped a perfect six-game homestand for the Jets who have now won seven straight at home and are 47-19-10 with 104 points. That's good for the fourth best team in the NHL behind the Bruins and second best in the West. Boston is now 47-17-11 with 105 points and will host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. The B's are just a point behind Tampa for first in the East.