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Bruins beat Jets before California road trip

January 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins won for the fifth time in seven NHL games by beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Saturday before heading off for three games in California.

Defenseman Torey Krug had two goals and an assist, Tuukka Rask made 36 saves, and Daniel Paille also scored for Boston.

Dustin Byfuglien scored and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 25 shots for Winnipeg. The Jets have lost two in a row since bringing a three-game winning streak into the new year.

Meanwhile, the Colorado Avalanche held off the San Jose Sharks 4-3 for their third straight win.

Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots. Jamie McGinn and Erik Johnson also scored for the Avalanche, who have 56 points at the halfway point of the season, second-most in team history behind the 2000-01 team.

Johnson’s shot from the blue line at 5:45 of the second bounced past Antti Niemi and ended the goaltender’s day. Niemi was pulled after allowing three goals and Alex Stalock took over, promptly allowing MacKinnon’s second goal 14 seconds later to make it a 4-0 game.

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