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The Bruins have won seven of their last eight games.

Boston Bruins’ Oskar Steen (62) scores against Winnipeg Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck (37) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak scored a decisive power-play goal early in the third period to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 victory over the travel-weary Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

Charlie Coyle and Oskar Steen also scored for Boston, which is 10-2 since New Year’s Day. Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for the Bruins in his third start after re-signing this month after offseason hip surgery.

Andrew Copp and Jansen Harkins each had a goal for the Jets, who played their seventh of eight games on the road to open 2022 due to COVID-19-related postponements. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 shots.

Winnipeg will play the last game of its long road trip Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

“It’s a frustrating loss for sure. The schedule is going to get harder and harder,” Jets center Pierre-Luc Dubois said. “We have a phone call in 10 p.m., which I’ve never had in my life, except maybe in juniors.”

Boston’s leading scorer Brad Marchand surprisingly returned to the lineup Saturday after leaving Thursday’s game with an apparent right shoulder injury when he was hit from behind in the boards by Washington’s Garnet Hathaway, a check that Boston coach Bruce Cassidy felt was “cheap” play. . Cassidy said Friday that Marchand will miss at least one game.

The winger received a huge ovation when he was announced in the starting line-up.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind,” Marchand said. “I didn’t expect to play today either. I have to give a ton of credit to our training staff. They threw everything on it. This morning it was a little better and I jumped on the ice and it was fine. »

In the third period, and with Adam Lowry out for interference, Pastrnak caught Matt Grzelcyk’s one-time pass into the net from the left circle for his 10th goal in the last 10 games.

“We’re counting on him for that shot and he’s been successful for us,” Cassidy said.

The Jets had a 6-4 advantage for the final 1:27 of the game with their goaltender out and Boston’s Tomas Nosek for a high stick.

“We know how to play winning hockey over the years,” Cassidy said of the third period. “We have guys who have come here and done it.”

The Jets are 3-3-1 on their current road trip to start 2022. They hope to end the streak above .500 on Sunday.

“It would be a great way to end the trip and come back to Winnipeg and play in an empty building,” Jets forward Blake Wheeler said.

In the first period, Harkins’ wrist from the left circle ticked Rask’s glove into the net, making it 1-0 at 2:46. Steen picked up a loose puck in front and tied it with about 8 minutes left in the first, but Mark Scheifele’s cross pass touched Copps’ skate and then slammed into the net of Bruins defenseman Urho Vaakanainen with just 26 seconds to go. first.

Coyle tipped Derek Forbort’s shot from the point, tying it at 2 just 2:31 into the second.

MAYBE ANOTHER DAY

Winger Steven Fogarty was expected to make his Bruins debut before Marchand felt he was good to play. Fogarty, 28, has played 27 games in his NHL career, scoring one goal in his time with the Rangers and Sabers. He was recalled from the club’s AHL affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island, where he scored eight goals in 26 games this season.

The team’s pre-game TV show even highlighted Fogarty’s upcoming debut during warm-ups.

NOTES: Grzelcyk left after being checked by Dubois in the first period but returned early in the second. Grzelcyk went onto the ice in pain as play continued and collapsed when he skated to the bench. … Bruins defenseman Mike Reilly remains in COVID-19 protocol. … It was Boston’s sixth in seven home games. “It’s nice to be able to have your routine at home, but you have to take advantage of it,” Coyle said. … The Jets activated Wheeler from long-term injured reserve before the game and placed forward Nikolaj Ehlers on long-term reserve… Winnipeg outscored Boston 11-4 first, but Boston got the first nine goals Secondly.

FOLLOWING

Jets: at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Bruins: Host Anaheim Monday night.

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