Bruins Daily will be taking a look at the top 10 Bruins games of the 2011-2012 season.
Today, we take a look at No. 9: January 10, 2012 Winnipeg Jets vs. Boston Bruins
Coming off an emotional game at the TD Garden versus the Vancouver Canucks, the B’s looked to rebound versus old friends Blake Wheeler, Mark Stuart and the Winnipeg Jets. The Bruins ended up storming back to win 5-3 after trailing 3-2 after two periods.
One of the highlights of the year occurred when Shawn Thornton beat Ondrej Pavelec in the second period for a short-handed goal on a penalty shot as he used his infamous toe-drag (with a leg kick) backhander to tie the game at two. This was one period after Tuukka Rask stoned Chris Thorburn’s penalty shot bid.
The Bruins trailed early in the first period when Nathan Horton evened the score at one right before the horn. It was Horton’s 13th goal of the season. In the second period, Blake Wheeler silenced the Bruins crowd after netting his 9th goal of the season, but Shawn Thornton brought the Garden faithful to their feet again with his miraculous penalty shot move, but again the never-say-die Jets regained the lead heading into the third period on a goal by Eric Fehr.
Whatever Head coach Claude Julien said after the second intermission was heard by his team.
The black and gold came out firing, tying the game eight seconds into the third period on a goal by Nathan Horton (2nd of the night). Sophomore sensation Tyler Seguin scored his 17th goal in the contest while Benoit Pouliot added his 8th to seal the 5-3 victory for the Bruins.
Tuukka Rask turned away 29 of 32 shots and came into the contest with three shutouts in his last four starts while he stopped 128 of the last 129 shots he faced. At the time, Rask led the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage.
Bruins Goal Scorers: Nathan Horton (2), Shawn Thornton (PS), Tyler Seguin, Benoit Pouliot (PP)
Jets Goal Scorers: Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Eric Fehr
Game Notes: Bruins Brad Marchand was serving the first game of his five-game suspension by the NHL for clipping Vancouver’s Sami Salo. David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic all tallied two assists in the contest. Krejci extended his point streak to nine games. This was the first time in Bruins and Jets history that they had a penalty shot for and against in the same game. Lastly, the Bruins attempted 22 shots on goal in the third period.