BSJ Game Report: Bruins 2, Jets 1 – Special teams shine as B’s land knockout punch

(Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images)

Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 2-1 win over the Jets in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

Box Score


Fight Night in Canada: Think the Bruins were rearing to go after an extended break? Or maybe they were just ticked that their first game back from the sunny beaches of the Caribbean had to be up in cheery ol’ Winnipeg. Whatever the reason, Boston’s first game back from the bye week looked more like a brouhaha from the ‘70s than a ho-hum regular-season tilt in 2020. In a game capped off with 74 penalty minutes, six fighting majors and a pair of misconducts, special teams ultimately proved to be the difference-maker on Friday — as Boston struck twice on the power play and negated six penalties en route to a 2-1 victory over the Jets. 

Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk both lit the lamp for the Bruins, who trailed for an extended stretch of the first period after Patrik Laine beat Tuukka Rask at 6:06 in the first. 

Things turned sour near the midway point of the opening frame after Charlie McAvoy dropped Mark Schiefele with a heavy, clean hit. Even if it was well within the rulebook, Neal Pionk took exception to McAvoy’s heavy check — starting the hostilities after getting into a scrap with the B’s blueliner.

It was not the only time that the Jets took exception to a perfectly legal hit delivered by the B’s — as Luca Sbisa went after Karson Kuhlman following this check against Mathieu Perreault.

Add in a pair of bouts between Brad Marchand/Nikolaj Ehlers and Brandon Carlo/Gabriel Bourque, and it didn’t take very long for things to go off the rails. 

But with Rask standing tall in net (37 saves on 38 shots) and Boston’s PK closing out the night with a perfect 6-for-6 showing, Boston ultimately had the last laugh in what was its 30th win of the season.