WINNIPEG, Albert — Ondrej Pavelec made 39 saves and Bryan Little scored to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 Tuesday night.
The Bruins lost in regulation for the first time since Oct. 29, ending a 15 game stretch in which they earned 29 of a possible 30 points.
The Jets (12-11-4) moved above the .500 mark for the first time this season, and have won six of their last seven home games.
Little scored 94 seconds after Shawn Thornton tied the game for Boston. He controlled the puck off a neutral-zone faceoff, went the length of the ice and beat Tuukka Rask to the glove side.
The goal came just six seconds after David Krejci drove Jets defenseman Mark Stuart into the end boards from behind. Krejci and Zach Bogosian were in the penalty box for offsetting roughing minors after the hit, which left Stuart face down and motionless on the ice.
Pavelec withstood a flurry of shots in the final minutes of the game to preserve the lead. Rask made 33 saves for the Bruins.
The Bruins tied the game three minutes into the third, when Jets forward Jason Jaffray turned the puck over in his own zone and Thornton tipped in a shot from a bad angle by Daniel Paille.
Jets captain Andrew Ladd opened the scoring late in the first period with a perfect snap shot to the top corner from outside the left faceoff dot past Rask’s blocker.
The Bruins had the better chances in a scoreless second period, but Pavelec made several acrobatic saves. The best of his 17 saves in the period came off Krejci as he slid across his crease to prevent the tying goal.
Each team failed on two power plays in the second period.
Notes: Pavelec’s assist on Ladd’s goal was his second in 143 career NHL games… Bruins D Johnny Boychuk left the ice in pain after blocking Bogosian’s shot in the second period, but returned shortly after… The Bruins beat the Jets 4-2 in Boston on Nov. 26.
Devils 3, Maple Leafs 2
TORONTO — David Clarkson scored twice, including 2:40 into overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
Ilya Kovalchuk also scored for the Devils, who got 31 saves from Martin Brodeur.
Phil Kessel scored his 17th goal of the season for Toronto, and Matt Frattin also scored for the Leafs. James Reimer made 23 saves.
Clarkson scored the winner off the rush after taking a feed from Dainius Zubrus in the slot and beating Reimer through his pads.
Kovalchuk and Clarkson scored power-play goals in the first period to give New Jersey a quick 2-0 lead.
Kovalchuck wired a one-time shot off the post and in past Reimer at 5:03. Clarkson then took advantage of some suspect defensive zone coverage by the Maple Leafs to beat a helpless Reimer at 8:59.
Kessel got the Leafs back in it at 11:29 of the second. Joffrey Lupul threw a puck in front that bounced off Kessel’s skate and past Brodeur.
The goal moved Kessel into a first place tie with Chicago’s Jonathan Toews atop the NHL goal-scoring standings.
Frattin tied it at 1:56 of the third on a great individual effort. After picking up the puck near the left-wing boards, Frattin held off Adam Larsson before beating Brodeur to his left.
The Leafs had a chance to win in late in regulation on the power play as New Jersey’s Patrik Elias took an undisciplined slashing penalty with 2:16 left in regulation, but Toronto failed to capitalize as the Devils hung on to force overtime.
Notes: The Leafs announced forward Clarke MacArthur is day-to-day with an upper body injury. … Attendance at Air Canada Centre was 19,514. … New Jersey finished 2-for-4 on the power play, while Toronto wound up 0-for-2.