By Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press
BOSTON – Six different Winnipeg skaters scored in the season opener, and Jets coach Paul Maurice is happy about that.
Not just for the well-distributed scoring, but because he’s got a half-dozen players who can spend another day in fantasy land.
“Everybody’s got hopes and dreams when they come into a season, thinking they can score 50,” Maurice said with a smile after the Jets beat Boston 6-2 on Thursday night. “There’s six guys that still think they might.”
Chris Thorburn and Nicolas Petan scored in the third period after the Bruins came within one goal, and the Jets opened the season with the franchise’s first victory in Boston since 2007. The Bruins had beaten the Thrashers and Jets 13 consecutive times in Boston.
“I’d never won here, so it’s been at least five years,” said forward Blake Wheeler, who played with the Bruins from 2008 until he was traded to the Thrashers in 2011, their last season in Atlanta.