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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 22:50

Bruins can't close out third in Winnipeg

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It has become a very scary trend. During the entire 2011-2012 season, the Boston Bruins were 32-0 when going into the third period with a lead. A flawless record. So far in this shortened 2013 season, the Bruins have lost five games in which they entered the final stanza with a lead. The most recent example coming tonight on the road at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets.Looking to bounce back after a sluggish 2-1 loss on the road Sunday against the Penguins, the B's took to the MTS Center Ice against a Jets team on the cusp of getting themselves back into the playoff picture. Boston displayed a picture perfect first two periods on the road, playing stout defense and taking advantage of a fortunate bounce early in the second period to grab a 1-0 lead, a lead which held true as the teams took to the ice for the third period. However, as has been the case a handful of times already this season, the normally sound defensive Bruins were unable to maintain their lead and close the Jets out as they could do nothing but sit back and watch the home side storm their net, scoring two goals in less than a minute to snatch the lead away from the B's and hold on for the win.It was an unfortunate end to what looked to be a solid road win for much of the night. Despite the fact that rookie Ryan Spooner was playing in just his second NHL game and skating on a line with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton while #1 pivot David Krejci nurses a bruised knee, the B's did not really miss a beat as they played a steady road game for two and a half periods. Things unraveled late however, as we've now seen happen five times this season. Ex-Bruin Blake Wheeler got the home side going with a slick tip-in on a powerplay halfway through the third period, and just 57 seconds later Evander Kane banged home a rebound to put the Jets on top for good. Wheeler added an empty netter to ice the 3-1 win for Winnipeg.It was a wasted opportunity for Boston, as they had the chance to regain first place in the Northeast Division with Montreal losing to Buffalo tonight. The B's also saw rugged, stay-at-home d-man Adam McQuaid leave the game early in the first after absorbing a big hit from the Jets' Eric Tangradi. Yet another injury, and their second losing streak of the season, make for a tough night for the black and gold out in central Canada.The Bruins will look to bounce back Thursday night in Ottawa.