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Tuukka Rask rarely tested, Bruins beat Jets 4-1

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba (8) and Boston Bruins centre Ryan Spooner (51) battle for the puck during the second period at TD Garden in Boston on Nov. 19, 2016.

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Tuukka Rask was rarely tested in his latest win, and Patrice Bergeron's power-play score capped a three-goal second period that carried the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.

Rask needed only 11 saves to raise his record to 11-2, but lost a bid for his fourth shutout with 2:40 to play. He was the NHL's First Star last week, going 4-0-0 with a 0.75 goals-against average.

Brad Marchand, Matt Beleskey and Tim Schaller also scored for the Bruins, who won for the eighth time in 11 games.

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Adam Lowry scored for Winnipeg, and Michael Hutchinson made 34 saves. The Jets were outshot 38-12 while losing in regulation for only the second time in their last seven games.

The Bruins dominated play for most of the opening period and a half, but held just a 1-0 lead despite a 20-4 advantage in shots on goal until Marchand made it 2-0 at 11:37 of the second.

The winger collected a loose puck along the left boards near the Jets blue line, broke in alone and shifted around Hutchinson before tucking a backhander into the net.

With the Bruins on a two-man advantage, Bergeron one-timed David Krejci's pass from the left circle, with the puck sneaking between Hutchinson and the near post to make it 3-0 at 17:00.

Beleskey's goal gave Boston a 1-0 lead 2:01 into the second. He one-timed defenceman Joe Morrow's pass into the net from near the left faceoff circle.

NOTES: Boston needs one goal to join Montreal as the only NHL franchises with 20,000. . David Pastrnak, who leads the Bruins with 10 goals, missed his second consecutive game with an undisclosed injury. D Colin Miller was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. ... The Jets didn't get their first shot on goal until 6 1/2 minutes into the game. ... The Bruins won the only other regular-season meeting this season, 4-1 at Winnipeg on Oct. 17. . Linesman Darren Gibbs' helmet went flying off into Boston's bench when he collided with a couple of players.


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Jets: At Carolina on Sunday in the third game of a five-game road trip, their longest of the season.

Bruins: Host St. Louis on Tuesday in the last of five straight games against Western Conference teams.

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