The Bruins began life without Rich Peverley in an ironic way, as the man they traded for him helped hand them a 4-2 loss Friday night in Winnipeg.
Former Bruin Blake Wheeler had three points for the Jets, scoring in the second period and assisting a pair of Bryan Little goals in the third period.
After a scoreless first period, the Jets took the lead early on in the second period with Alex Burmistrov’s 12th goal of the season. Jordan Caron scored his third goal of the season minutes later to tie the game, but the Jets would head into the second intermission with the lead thanks to a goal from Wheeler shortly after a Bruins power play.
David Krejci tied the game once again 49 seconds into the third period, but Little scored two goals in 2:04 to give the Jets a two-goal lead.
Tuukka Rask took the loss for the Bruins and is now winless in his last five starts (0-4-1). Friday night also marked the Finnish goaltender’s second loss in Winnipeg this season, as Rask lost to the Jets on Dec. 6.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins didn’t score on either of their power plays, but they did allow goals in the “vulnerable minute” after them. Wheeler went five-hole on Rask and beat him with a wrist shot on a 3-on-2 opportunity just 30 seconds after the conclusion of an Evander Kane penalty for elbowing Andrew Ference.
The B’s got their second power play of the night when Bryan Little went off for hooking Caron 1:43 into the third period, but he made up for his penalty by scoring 33 seconds after he left the penalty box.
– With the loss, the Bruins blew an opportunity at picking up back-to-back wins after they squeezed by with a victory Wednesday night in Montreal. The Bruins still have not won consecutive games since Jan. 10 and 12.
– Friday night was the latest contest in which the team’s top defensive pairing of Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk registered a negative rating. Boychuk has now had a negative rating in four of the Bruins’ last five games, including three ratings of minus-2 or worse.
– Wheeler really brought it against his former team, and it’s good to see his game reaching a new level in Winnipeg. His three-point effort increased his team-best total to 42 (11 goals, 31 assists) on the season. Wheeler’s apple on Little’s first goal was the 100th assist of his career, and he got to 101 just 2:04 later. Given his status as a top-5 pick, Wheeler was a common target by fans in Boston when things weren’t going right, so perhaps the change of scenery has been a good thing for the former Bruin.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– With Rich Peverley out for the next month (or longer), Caron has a chance to earn a spot in the B’s lineup, and he got off to a good start with his goal Friday. In reality, the B’s should be looking to add at least one forward, and quite possibly two before the trade deadline, but it wouldn’t hurt to get some consistency out of their 2009 first-round pick to show that they have in-house options to make up for lost production.
– Krejci’s goal was his first point in February, and it took took him eight games to get it. Still, Krejci has had a negative rating in his last five games, and has yet to register a positive rating this month.