The Bruins lost a third-period lead Tuesday night for the fifth time this season.
Former Bruins forward Blake Wheeler scored twice to lead Winnipeg to a 3-1 win the second game of Boston’s four-game road trip.
There were plenty of miscues that led to the defeat. Here are just a few that I think combined to send the Bruins to their second straight loss:
•Jordan Caron’s hooking penalty near the midway point of the third period was unnecessary. Zdeno Chara was waiting just feet away to pick up the streaking Bryan Little.
•Patrice Bergeron with a rare poor decision to try to spring Brad Marchand for a breakaway with a hard stretch pass. Marchand had two Jets skaters on his tail. The pass didn’t connect and Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec came out and played the puck up ice. The Bruins gave up possession way too early. It would’ve been better to chip the puck in to kill time.
•No one covered Grant Clitsome or tried to block his shot from the point on the Jets’ second goal.
•Terrible job by Tuukka Rask, who let Clitsome’s shot go through his 5-hole and then was unable to track the loose puck and cover it.
•Pretty much the Bruins had no finish all night. Ryan Spooner was solid as David Krejci’s fill in at center on the first line. But unfortunately Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton went back to playing invisible hockey.
The Bruins were also hurt by Adam McQuaid’s first-period injury.
•Boston is back in action Thursday night in Ottawa, against a team that never lets injuries or anything stop it from winning.
•Here’s a link to audio of my appearance Wednesday on Toucher and Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub.