WINNIPEG, Manitoba – With the Jets back home for the next four games they were looking to stay afloat in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.
The Jets showed huge grit and character coming back when trailing after two periods for the first time all season with a 3-1 victory over one of the league’s top teams, the Boston Bruins.
Ondrej Pavelec had another monster performance making 27 saves most of which were highlight of the night material.
The Jets came flying out of the gate showcasing why they are one of the fastest teams in the league.
Jets winger Eric Tangradi made his presence felt when he hammered Bruin Dennis Mcquaid who had to leave with an upper body injury.
Pavelec showed why he plays every game as he robbed Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk on the same shift.
After one it was scoreless with the Bruins outshooting the Jets 10-9.
Just eight seconds into the second Winnipeg’s Zach Bogosian tried to pass one off the boards behind his net, but it came out front right to Brad Marchand who deposited it behind Pavelec, 1-0 Boston.
The Jets only bright spots this period were some big hits and a strong penalty kill as they were playing in turnover town for most of this period.
Pavelec kept them in this as they were down 1-0 and being outshot 19-16 after forty minutes.
In the third, Pavelec made a huge save in robbing big Zdeno Chara to send the crowd into a frenzy.
Wheeler got his team on the board as he made a great deflection off a Bogosian shot for a power play goal to tie the score up at 1-1.
Evander Kane got his 12th of the season as he banged in a Grant Clitsome rebound to make it 2-1 Jets.
The noise level was about to blow the roof off the MTS Center as the crowd was loving this comeback.
With the Bruins net empty, Wheeler iced this one after some hard work by Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little to make the final 3-1 Winnipeg.
The Jets moved back into first in the Southeast division and third overall in the Eastern Conference.
The Jets now have two straight against the Washington Capitals Thursday and Friday.
1st- Ondrej Pavelec Winnipeg
2nd- Blake Wheeler Winnipeg
3rd- Brad Marchand Boston
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