Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Defenseman Torey Krug snapped an 11-game scoring drought with two goals to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets Saturday at TD Garden.
Krug also issued an assist to set a career high with three points while Daniel Paille had one goal and one assist for the Bruins (28-12-2), who finished their homestand with a 2-1-0 mark before embarking on a three-game California trip.
Reilly Smith also scored while Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for the Bruins, who have won their past 12 games against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise dating back to 2007.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 22 shots while defenseman Dustin Byfuglien scored for the Jets (19-20-5), who have lost the first two games of their three-game road trip.
Byfuglien put the Jets on the board first 10:54 into the game. He recovered his own miss and rifled the puck past Rask from the top of the left circle for a 1-0 lead.
The Bruins tied the game 1-1 on the strength of hard work by their fourth line. Gregory Campbell fed Daniel Paille for a wraparound attempt that Pavelec blocked. The puck then went to Krug, who fed Paille for a one-timer at 14:06.
After assisting on the Bruins’ first goal, Krug scored the next two. At 3:08 of the second period, he dragged the puck off the left wall and fired a shot through a Justin Florek screen past Pavelec for a 2-1 lead.
Krug put the Bruins ahead 3-1 with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that went off Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba’s stick before it landed in the back of the net at 7:18.
Smith extended the Bruins’ lead to three goals at 9:59 of the third period. Brad Marchand’s shot from the right dot went past Pavelec before Smith tapped it in from behind the goaltender.
The Bruins start their California road trip Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks. The Jets end their three-game road trip Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.