End of first period, 1-1: After Tuukka Rask was getting peppered for a long stretch in the middle of the period, the Bruins clamp down and allow just one shot in the final six or seven minutes of the period.
The B’s are now outshooting the Jets 12-11, and this one heads to the first intermission tied at 1-1.
First period, 5:45, 1-1: Tyler Seguin just flashed the type of skills that make him a very special young player, bursting into a passing line at the offensive blue line and intercepting a pass before firing a puck toward the net. The puck squirted right out to Brad Marchand, who extended his stick and tapped it home.
It was the first goal of the year for Marchand and the first assist of the year for Seguin.
First period, 9:46, 1-0 Jets: Tuukka Rusk just came up with a huge save on a Kyle Wellwood breakaway. The netminder stayed deep in his crease and waited for Wellwood, who fired a wrister high to the glove side. Rask wasn’t able to squeeze it, but he got enough of his glove on the puck to make the stop, and he covered up the rebound between his leg.
That breakaway came just moments after David Krejci nearly connected with Nathan Horton for a beautiful one-time goal, but Horton appeared to have whiffed a bit on the shot.
First period, 12:38, 1-0 Jets: The Jets had a couple of chances to double their lead, but Alex Ponikarovsky was unable to tap home a potential open netter, and Evander Kane missed high on a 2-on-1 rush.
It’s been a spirited opening seven minutes, for sure, with both teams coming ready to play.
First period, 14:36, 1-0 Jets: Some good back and forth action early on, but Ondrej Pavelec proved he’s awake for this early game by stopping a point-blank slap shot from Tyler Seguin.
First period, 18:02, 1-0 Jets: The Jets strike first, with a Tuukka Rask save on a Paul Postma shot from the point squirting about 15 feet out to the goaltender’s left. Chris Thorburn hopped on the loose puck and fired a quick wrister past Rask, and Winnipeg takes the early 1-0 lead.
First period, 20:00: The crowd very slowly filled up, and while the atmosphere might not be quite as rowdy as it was for the opener on Saturday night, this building is ready for hockey.
Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman dropped the ceremonial first puck before this one officially began, with the third line of Chris Bourque, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley up front starting things off. Ference and McQuaid get the start on D.
12:39 p.m.: A late roster move here, as Dennis Seidenberg will not be playing due to a lower-body injury. That comes as a surprise, as we hadn’t heard about that injury prior to just now. It looks like Aaron Johnson will skate in his place, but it would be highly doubtful to see him skate alongside Dougie Hamilton. Expect captain Zdeno Chara to hold the blue line next to the rookie.
12:15 p.m.: Ron Poster is rocking right now with some Bruno Mars on the organ. If there were ever an MVP award handed out to in-arena entertainment, that guy deserves it.
12 p.m.: Last night, the Patriots’ season ended abruptly in the AFC Championship Game, leaving sports fans in the region a bit sad on this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Fortunately for you all, the Bruins are here to help with the healing process, and they’re wasting no time in getting back on the ice, with today’s game set to begin at 1 p.m.
The Jets, who beat Ottawa 4-1 in their season debut over the weekend, are in for their only visit of the year.
The Bruins, meanwhile, are feeling pretty good about their 3-1 victory over the Rangers here at the Garden on Saturday night, but in this shortened season’s wild and crazy schedule, the teams that can leave the past in the past are the ones that will succeed most.
Playing these matinee games is normally difficult enough for hockey players, who thrive on the routine of morning skate, nap, evening game. Add in the difficulty of playing so many games in so few days, and even the mental fatigue could be a factor.
That, though, will be more of an issue as the season goes on. With each team having just one game under its belt, the Bruins and Jets should have fresh legs for this one.
Check right here in the live blog throughout the game for updates from pregame warmups all the way through the final horn.
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