WINNIPEG, Manitoba — New players, same old special teams.
The Winnipeg Jets failed to convert on five power plays on Monday night at the MTS Centre, enabling the Boston Bruins to escape with a 4-1 victory.
The Jets’ play with the man-advantage was their Achilles heel last season — they were dead last in the NHL — and despite the presence of young snipers Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor, things don’t seem to be any better this year.
The Jets got the start they wanted when center Alex Burmistrov spotted right winger Blake Wheeler stepping out of the penalty box and fired a pass from deep in his own end to send his captain in on a breakaway against Tuukka Rask. A little razzle-dazzle later and it was 1-0 Jets at the 10-minute mark of the first period.
The Bruins didn’t waste any time responding, catching the Jets running around in their own zone after the ensuing faceoff, allowing center Dominic Moore to roof a wrist shot past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck just 29 seconds later.
It looked like Zdeno Chara gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead early in the second period with a seeing-eye wrist shot after a Jets giveaway in their own zone, but the Jets challenged the play and it was ruled offside.
The Bruins took the lead for real with less than a minute to go in the second period. When right winger David Pastrnak burst in down the left side, he realized he couldn’t beat Jets defenseman Tyler Myers to the outside, spun around and fired the puck into the slot. where Myers’ partner, Toby Enstrom, deflected it into his own net.
Defenseman Brandon Carlo salted the game away with a rocket of a wrist shot past Hellebuyck with a little less than two minutes remaining in regulation.
Chara got his first goal of the year when he scored into an empty net with 49 seconds left.
The Jets outshot the Bruins 35-25.
NOTES: Boston is C Dominic Moore’s 10th NHL team, tying him with Lee Stempniak for the most teams of any current players. … The Jets have gone back to the lineup that defeated the Carolina Hurricanes on opening night, reinserting RW Joel Armia and D Ben Chiarot, and sending RW Chris Thorburn and D Mark Stuart to the press box. … Joining them from the Bruins are C Austin Czarni, C Patrice Bergeron and D Joe Morrow. … The Jets are also without D Jacob Trouba, who continues to sit out after missing training camp and demanding a trade, and C Bryan Little, who is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury suffered on opening night. … The Jets will induct Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson into their new Hall of Fame on Wednesday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs are in town. … Jets rookie sensation Patrik Laine’s family, including his parents, sister and girlfriend, were in the stands.