Jets lose in OT
WINNIPEG—Loui Eriksson didn’t look out of place on a line with new Boston Bruins’ teammates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
And he looked even better in overtime when he sent a high shot past goalie Ondrej Pavelec to give the Bruins a 3-2 pre-season victory over the Winnipeg Jets last night.
Ryan Spooner and Eriksson went down the ice together and Spooner sent a pass across to Eriksson, who moved the puck with his skate onto his stick to set up his first goal of the pre-season 1:46 into OT.
Spooner and Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins. Devon Setoguchi and Mark Scheifele had Winnipeg’s two power-play goals.
Niklas Svedberg stopped 26 shots for the Bruins, who improved their exhibition record to 5-1-0. Pavelec faced 33 shots for the Jets (1-3-3).
The teams play a rematch tonight in Saskatoon.
Eriksson predicted chemistry can develop with Bergeron and Marchand.
“Sometimes it feels really good, sometimes a little bit worse, but that’s why you have these games,” Eriksson reasoned.
“We had some good chances today again, but we need to step it up a little bit more.”
Jets’ coach Claude Noel saw some positive things in the loss, especially with a pair of the team’s top prospects.
That included blueliner Jacob Trouba, who’s battling for a spot on the roster.
“For a 19-year-old player, he makes good decisions,” Noel said of the team’s 2012 first-round pick (ninth overall).
“He plays hard, he plays a lot of minutes, and makes a lot of good decisions.”
Scheifele had some trouble early in the game, but picked it up and contributed with his first goal of the pre-season.
“The goal was a relief for Mark and was a big play at a key time for us,” Noel said of the club’s seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft.
In other pre-season action, Montreal beat Ottawa 3-1, Vancouver blanked the N.Y. Rangers 5-0, New Jersey downed Philadelphia 4-1, Carolina edged Columbus 2-1, Tampa Bay nipped Florida 3-2 (OT), and Dallas dumped Colorado 5-1.