WINNIPEG - Brad Marchand found some consolation after being denied what he thought should have been a penalty shot.
The Bruins winger scored the game-winning goal just 27 seconds after being hauled down on a breakaway and Boston defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Sunday.
Just nine seconds into the third period, Marchand was breaking in alone on goalie Ondrej Pavelec when he was tripped up by defenceman Ron Hainsey.
“I was hoping for a penalty shot, so I was a little upset (when one wasn’t called), but we were excited to be on the power play,”Marchand said.
“We knew we could get some chances, and what happened was we scored.”
Patrice Bergeron sent a pass to Marchand and he had room to move in down the middle and put a close backhand shot past Pavelec for the go-ahead goal at the 36 seconds into the third.
Bergeron finished with two assists, while Tyler Seguin and Daniel Paille also scored for the Bruins (9-2-2). Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots for his seventh win of the season.
Alexandre Burmistrov had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg (5-8-1), while Evander Kane recorded his fourth goal of the season and first in nine games.
Pavelec made 23 saves for the Jets, who lost their third straight and fourth in a row at home—the longest home-losing streak for the team since the franchise moved from Atlanta prior to last season.
Jets head coach Claude Noel said his players battled and put their“heart and soul”into the game, but there were costly breakdowns.
He saw two errors connected to Marchand’s goal.
“We ended up taking a penalty, but we should have had the guy to begin with,”Noel said of Marchand being tripped up.
The second mistake was letting Marchand get open for Bergeron’s pass.
“There were some breakdowns, like for example the power-play goal,”Noel continued.“It’s a middle drive. That’s a play we practise, we work on all the time. It should have been covered. But it’s not only that play.”
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who assisted on Seguin’s goal, was glad Marchand got“a nice second chance.”
“It was the first power play of the game for us and we obviously wanted to make it count for us,”Chara said.
Winnipeg pressed for the tying goal in the dying seconds, but Rask kept the puck out as Boston won the second game of a five-game road trip.
Rask said someone got their stick on the puck and then it bounced off his mask and he heard the buzzer go off to end the game.
“I saw (the puck) going across and then Johnny (Boychuk) just dove and everybody was scrambling and then I saw it outside the net, so it bounced our way this time.”
After a scoreless first period, the teams scored two goals each, including a pair in the last 27 seconds that made it 2-2.
With the Jets crowding the Boston net, the rebound from Zach Bogosian’s point shot was flipped in by Burmistrov at 1:43 of the second period.
Hainsey played a role in Boston’s first goal, too.
Seguin was credited with a deflected goal after Chara’s shot from the point eventually bounced into the net off Hainsey’s leg at 10:57 to make it 1-1.
Kane gave the Jets the 2-1 lead at 19:33 of the period when Nik Antropov sent a backhand shot from the backboards to the front of the net and Kane snapped in his own rebound.
But with just two seconds left on the clock, Paille deflected a long shot from Boychuk past Pavelec that tied the game at two heading into the final period.
“Obviously you don’t want to give up a goal, especially after you score late in the period,”Kane said.
“But at the same time, you’re still tied going into the third period at home so it’s not the worse situation you can be in. We had our opportunity.”
Notes: The Bruins were without winger Milan Lucic, who arrived in Winnipeg Saturday but left the same day to return to Boston for what the team called personal reasons…Veteran winger Jay Pandolfo, 38, was playing his first game with the Bruins after signing a one-year contract as a free agent on Feb. 12.…Jets defenceman Mark Stuart was playing in his 400th NHL game. His first 283 were with Boston.