BOSTON – Patrice Bergeron showed why he’s more than just an offensive forward.
Bergeron helped kill off a large portion of short-handed time in overtime before he finished off his day with a goal in the shootout, leading the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday afternoon.
Tyler Seguin scored the other shootout goal and Brad Marchand had the regulation goal for the Bruins (2-0).
Boston was short-handed for 2:17 of overtime after playing the final 71 seconds of regulation short-handed.
Bergeron felt like the solid penalty killing was a simply a matter of keeping things easy.
“We’ve stuck to our system,” he said. “I guess we’ve kept it simple.”
Tuukka Rask made 26 saves in regulation and held the Jets to only Blake Wheeler’s score in the shootout. Bryan Little, the last shooter, hit the right post to end the game.
Ondrej Pavelec made 26 saves in regulation for the Jets, but gave up scores to Boston’s first two shooters in the extra session. Chris Thorburn scored for the Jets (0-2).
Seguin moved in, shifted a few times before beating Pavelec with a forehand shot to the glove side. Bergeron, the second shooter, slipped one between the goalie’s pads.
The Jets played the final 1:11 of regulation and opening 49 seconds of OT on a power play when Johnny Boychuk high-sticked Little. Olli Jokinen’s tip-in bid slid just wide of an open side of the net in the closing seconds.
Winnipeg also had a power play for the final 1:28 of overtime when Zdeno Chara was called for holding Wheeler, but failed to get a decent shot on net despite being set up in Boston’s end for a good portion of time.
“I think we were playing aggressive right off the bat,” Bergeron said. “We didn’t give them time to set up the plays they wanted because we were so aggressive.”
Boston Coach Claude Julien felt his team’s penalty-killing unit led to the win.
“That’s what made the difference,” he said. “I thought our PK was good. (Bergeron) and (Chris Kelly) were breaking up plays when they got over the blue line.”
Winnipeg was 0 for 4 on the power play.
“It’s disappointing when you get those opportunities in the end there,” Jets forward Evander Kane said.
“Myself, I can’t be making those bad passes and not generating anything. That’s something that we’re going to have to get better at.”
ISLANDERS 4, LIGHTNING 3: David Ullstrom scored early in the third period to give New York a big lead in a home win over Tampa Bay.
Coach Jack Capuano, a former UMaine player, returned to the Islanders and guided them to their first win of the season. He missed the opening-night loss to New Jersey on Saturday because of surgery to remove a kidney stone.
Michael Grabner, Matt Martin and Kyle Okposo scored in a 12-minute span of the second period to put the Islanders ahead 3-0. Ullstrom gave New York a four-goal lead 91 seconds into the final period.
Martin St. Louis, Benoit Pouliot and Steven Stamkos scored in a 51/2-minute stretch, pulling Tampa Bay within a goal with 12 minutes left.
SENATORS 4, PANTHERS 0: Kyle Turris scored twice and Craig Anderson made 31 saves as Ottawa won its home opener.
Anderson, making his second straight start to open the season, picked up his 20th career shutout. Jim O’Brien and Jakob Silfverberg, with his first NHL goal, also scored for the Senators.
Jose Theodore was strong in defeat for the Panthers, finishing with 33 stops.
RED WINGS 4, BLUE JACKETS 3: Swiss rookie Damien Brunner scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lead Detroit over Columbus before 19,206, the largest regular-season crowd at Nationwide Arena in the Blue Jackets’ 11-plus seasons.
Brian Lashoff scored in his NHL debut and fellow defenseman Ian White also scored for Detroit, which finally scored twice in the second period after being humiliated 6-0 in their opener on Saturday night in St. Louis.
Pavel Datsyuk had a goal to send the game into overtime with 6 minutes remaining in overtime, and also had an assist.
Cam Atkinson, James Wisniewski and Vinny Prospal scored goals during regulation for Columbus, which was coming off a 3-2 shootout win at Nashville on Saturday night.
Columbus was playing its first home game without Rick Nash since the end of the 2001-2002 season.
SABRES 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots to lead Buffalo at Toronto.
Miller lost his shutout when Nazem Kadri scored on the power play with 1:42 remaining, his second goal of the season.
Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul appeared to tie it seconds later with goalie Ben Scrivens on the bench, but the goal was disallowed.
With Scrivens on the bench and Toronto on a late power play, Kadri was all alone to the side of Miller but couldn’t get his stick on the bouncing puck in the dying seconds.
Cody Hodgson and Jason Pominville had the goals for Buffalo.
BLUES 4, PREDATORS 3: T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen scored in the shootout as visiting St. Louis edged Nashville.
The Blues won the Central Division last season, but the Predators won the season series 4-1-1 with three of those games going to a shootout.
This time, the Blues had the only goals in a shootout that lasted only two rounds. Brian Elliott, who came off the bench in the second, stopped Craig Smith and Martin Erat to get the win.
Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists for St. Louis. Andy McDonald had a power-play goal and an assist, Alex Pietrangelo’s goal tied it up in the third period, and Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists.
BLACKHAWKS-FLAMES: Chicago acquired goalie Henrik Karlsson from Calgary for a seventh-round draft pick in this year’s entry draft. The Blackhawks assigned Karlsson to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs.COMING UP FOR BRUINS
WEDNESDAY: Bruins at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
FRIDAY: New York Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)