This is the kind of victory the Jets thought they had dodged.
A third-period power play was their only opportunity and they converted it for a 2-1 overtime win over the Canadiens in a game the Jets had held under 10 minutes at the end of regulation. The win, which lifts the Jets to a 6-1-2 record, is the team’s first at Bell MTS Place, which opened in October.
The first goal wasn’t that of Connor Hellebuyck, who made 35 saves to preserve his first shutout since last season. It came from Chad Marshall, the winningest defenseman in franchise history.
The second goal — which Ryan Strome came back to empty-handed from, after Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher crashed the net and whiffed on the rebound — came from Patrice Bergeron. The big Bruins center had a particularly strong power play and his team has three of the first four power plays to which it has responded.
Bergeron has two of the four goals in the tiebreaker and two of the Bruins’ four goals overall. His unassisted goal — which came with less than two minutes remaining in regulation — came as he wove through the Jets’ defense and sent a sweet no-look pass into a crease where he’d popped in a deflection.
The Jets, who trail the Central Division-leading Avalanche by nine points, are 11-5-3 as their 10-game homestand continues. The team has a rare off day on Monday before visiting the Blue Jackets.
“We’re playing good hockey,” Paul Maurice said. “When you’re getting offence like that, everybody just feels more comfortable, and it makes everyone go to a different place.”
“We’re building good habits,” said Josh Morrissey, who scored the Canadiens’ lone goal. “We’re not taking games lightly. We’re not going home with losses.”