BOSTON — There’s nothing like a tying goal eight seconds into the third period to shake a team out of a two-period slumber.
Nathan Horton’s second goal of the game keyed Boston’s three-goal third period as the Bruins beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 Tuesday night in game that saw both teams attempt penalty shots.
“We’re a good enough team and a smart enough team to at least come out in the third with some desperation and some intent in our game to do the right things and find a way to win,” Boston coach Claude Julien said.
After Horton scored his fifth goal in four games — off an outstanding spin and feed by David Krejci — to tie the score, Tyler Seguin (team-leading 17th) and Benoit Pouliot (power play) followed over the next 6:33 to lift the Bruins to their 24th win in 29 games.
“We knew we weren’t playing our best hockey in the first and second,” Horton said. “But it’s nice to get that quick goal at the beginning and obviously when Seguin scored, it kind of gave us a little momentum.”
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask stopped Chris Thorburn’s penalty shot 5:57 into the first period and Shawn Thornton beat Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec in the second for a short-handed goal after he came flying out of the penalty box and grabbed a loose puck.
Thornton beat Pavelec with a neat toe-drag and backhander to tie the score 2-all 5:16 into the second period. Rask said it was a move the rugged winger, known more for his fists than his scoring, had tried so often in practice he’d stopped trying it.
“I knew he has that but I didn’t know he was going to pull that off,” Rask said. “He scored a goal, it was a really big goal and you could see all the players on the bench were very excited and happy for him.”
Thornton, who scored his fourth goal of the season and the 28th of his 407-game NHL career, added: “I haven’t taken a penalty shot in front of people since the Max Milk Midget Tournament, I think. I won that shootout competition by the way — I have the belt buckle to prove it.”
The last time two teams had a penalty shot in the same game was Minnesota at Phoenix on Oct. 8, 2005. This was the first time both teams were involved in such a game.
The Bruins had a penalty shot for the second straight game after Daniel Paille failing to convert Saturday against Vancouver.
Andrew Ladd, former Bruin Blake Wheeler and Eric Fehr scored for the Jets, who got two assists apiece from defensemen Zach Bogosian and Tobias Enstrom and ended a four-game road trip 1-3.
“It’s disappointing. It’s a disappointing game,” Winnipeg coach Claude Noel said. “You play pretty solid for 40 minutes and you miss an open assignment on the opening shift of the third and you’re tied.
“They played, they won the battles and we didn’t pay the price that was necessary at our net — that’s where they scored three of their goals. For me there is no excuses. But, we’re playing against a team that won a Cup and emotionally they get to a level that you know you’re going to have to dig down and reach, and we didn’t get it done.”
Rask came in with three shutouts in his last four starts while stopping 128 of the last 129 shots he faced. He led the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage, but yielded three goals on 24 shots in the first two periods. He then shut the door as his teammates took over at the other end, with 22 shots in the third period.
Rask is 6-0 since his last loss, Dec. 6, with one of the wins coming in relief.
Krjeci, who has a nine-game points streak, Bergeron and Milan Lucic all had two assists for the Bruins.
Rask stopped Thorburn, still looking for his first goal of the season, before either team scored. It was the first penalty shot against the Bruins this season, while Winnipeg has missed all three of its attempts.
NOTES: Bruins LW Brad Marchand served the first of a five-game suspension by the NHL for clipping and injuring Vancouver’s Sami Salo on Saturday. “I’m obviously a little disappointed,” he said Tuesday. “I wasn’t expecting as many games as I got, but that’s the decision and we just have to move on.” Bruins fans chanted “We Want Marchand on more than one occasion. … Winnipeg D Dustin Byfuglien missed his seventh straight game due to a lower-body injury. … Jets LW Tanner Glass took a stick from Joe Corvo to the face in the first period and didn’t return.
Rangers 2, Coyotes 1
NEW YORK — Derek Stepan’s goal in the sixth round of a shootout lifted the New York Rangers past the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Stepan beat Mike Smith high to the glove side before Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped Coyotes captain Shane Doan to secure the win.
The Rangers, who won for the 10th time in 11 games, improved to 27-9-4 for an NHL-high 58 points and their best start since 1993-94, when they won the Stanley Cup. New York won its fifth straight overall and improved to 13-3-2 at home.
After two scoreless periods, Ruslan Fedotenko put New York ahead at 2:27 of the third. Radim Vrbata tied it with his team-leading 20th with 9:23 remaining in regulation.
The Rangers beat the Coyotes for the eighth time in their last 10 meetings.
Phoenix has lost seven of nine overall.
Flyers 2, Hurricanes 1
RALEIGH, N.C. — Sean Couturier scored the tiebreaking goal 3:23 into the third period and Philadelphia beat Carolina.
Brayden Schenn had the Flyers’ other goal and Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves. Philadelphia is 18-3-3 against the Hurricanes since the start of the 2006-07 season, including 10-1-1 in Carolina.
Jerome Samson scored his first NHL goal for the Hurricanes, who were 4-0-1 in their previous five home games. Carolina has dropped four five overall.
Cam Ward made 35 saves for the Hurricanes.
Senators 5, Penguins 1
PITTSBURGH — Milan Michalek scored twice, Craig Anderson stopped 29 shots and Ottawa made quick work of slumping Pittsburgh.
Chris Neil, Bobby Butler and Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators, while Colin Greening had three assists. Ottawa scored on four consecutive shots spanning the first and second period to break it open and send the reeling Penguins to their fifth straight loss.
Evgeni Malkin scored his 17th goal of the season for Pittsburgh but couldn’t stop the Penguins from matching their longest losing streak in two years. Brent Johnson made just five saves on eight shots before being pulled early in the second period in favor of Marc-Andre Fleury.
Pittsburgh, a Stanley Cup favorite after Sidney Crosby’s brief return in November, is eighth in the Eastern Conference at the season’s midway point.
The Senators won for the sixth time in seven games.