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Third-period attack lifts Bruins over Jets, 5-3

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Third-period attack lifts Bruins over Jets, 5-3

BOSTON -- The Bruins came from behind three times on Tuesday night at the TD Garden, and got back on track, defeating the Winnipeg Jets 5-3.

Boston scored three unanswered goals to get the win -- all coming in the third period -- after falling behind 3-2 to end the second period.

Nathan Horton scored his second of two goals, just eight seconds into the third period, tying the game at 3-3, as he went to the net and received a spin-o-rama pass from David Krejci, who took the puck deep down the left corner off the opening draw.

Three minutes after Horton finished the play off, Tyler Seguin gave the Bruins their first lead of the game, as he came streaking down the right wing, cut across the crease with a toe drag, and put a backhander upstairs to make it 4-3 Boston.

Then, nearly seven minutes into the third, Benoit Pouliot added insurance by knocking home a rebound out front, while on the power play to make it 5-3.

Tuukka Rask made 29 saves while picking up his 10th win of the season. Ondrej Pavelec picked up his 14th loss.

The Jets took two of their three leads in the second period, with the first being a quick score to take a 2-1 lead, as former Bruin Blake Wheeler batted down a shot from the left point in the opening minute.

Shawn Thornton tied the game at 2-2, five minutes into the second period, after scoring on a penalty shot. Thornton was coming out of the penalty box, and got the puck swinging up the boards on a Winnipeg shot that went wide left. As Thornton came in all alone, he was hooked at the last minute, and the penalty shot was awarded.

On that penalty shot, Thornton didn't disappoint, faking a shot, then toe-dragging to his backhand, where he then flipped it upstairs.

The Jets took a 3-2 lead, six minutes later, thanks to Eric Fehr's low shot from the left circle that re-directed off Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo's stick and skate. It was Corvo who started the rush, as he turned the puck over in the neutral zone while trying to make a cross-ice pass from his own blue line.

Both teams ended the first period in a 1-1 stalemate. Andrew Ladd put the Jets up 1-0 with 3:07 left in the first, after he batted down a Zach Bogosian slapper from the right point that beat Rask to his right.

The Bruins tied the game at 1-1 with 39.4 seconds left in the opening period, as Nathan Horton put home a Milan Lucic pass out front.

Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

BRIGHTON, Mass – It wouldn’t be a Bruins game this season if there weren’t some health question marks entering a game night, so the B’s will once again have a few players up in the air for the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.

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David Krejci (back) and Kevan Miller (upper body) were both on the ice prior to morning skate and Krejci participated in the optional practice, along with Patrice Bergeron and a handful of others on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena. Krejci and Miller were termed game-time decisions based on the way things went this morning and Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy could have more lineup juggling in front of him based on those players.

Krejci said he was taking things “day-by-day”, but didn’t think it was going to be a long-term injury even if he misses the game.

“We’ll kind of take it day-by-day and we’ll see. I feel better than two days ago, so I guess we’ll be taking it day-by-day,” said Krejci. “I got hit in the last game and that forced me to leave the game. It’s a brand new injury and it just happened the other day. So that’s what it is.

“I don’t think it’s an injury that would be long term. It’s just one of these things that happens [during the games]. I wouldn’t lie to you if it was something that was a week or two weeks. We’ll just see how I feel later tonight. Injuries happen to every team. Hopefully, this is it for us here early in the season, and down the stretch, we’ll be healthy pushing for the playoffs.”

First the definite situations for the Black and Gold: Bergeron will play for the second game in a row and Paul Postma will be in the lineup, with Adam McQuaid shelved for the next couple of months with a broken leg. Beyond that, the Bruins could swing Miller from the left side to the right side if he plays, Charlie McAvoy could be added to the penalty kill and David Backes could end up playing some center if Matt Beleskey draws back into the lineup.

“We’ll probably move people around. [David] Backes, [Tim] Schaller has played some center over the years and obviously [Patrice] Bergeron looks like he’s going to play,” said Cassidy. “I think we’ll be okay. We sat out a forward the [Thursday vs. the Canucks], so we’ll move people around.

“Kevan will be a game-time decision, so we had a discussion about that and we’ll look into that as well. [Krejci] got hit in the lower back the other night, tried to finish and it’s one of those ones where at puck drop we’ll know.”

Robbie O’Gara popped on the Bruins roster on their team website early on Saturday afternoon, so the Yale alum will get the call if Miller can’t answer the bell on Saturday night. Another piece of good news: Noel Acciari skated with the injured players ahead of the morning skate and appears to be progressing slowly from his broken finger.  

Anything, it seems, is possible for these banged-up B’s as another body drops with each passing game or practice. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sabres based on an optional morning skate:

Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork

DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak

Schaller-Nash-Backes

Beleskey-Kuraly-Agostino

 
Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

O’Gara/Miller-Postma

 
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