In a tightly contested Game 3, Boone Jenner stepped up and had himself quite a night. Jenner scored the games opening goal, drew the penalty that led to the game-winner and was one of the most impactful players on the ice last night. He even impressed his head coach John Tortorella, who said “that’s the best I’ve seen him play since I’ve been here.”
Jenner was impactful at both ends of the ice all night. The numbers above are not only game-highs; they’re playoff-highs for him. Of course, there’s his goal late in the first period:
Jenner couldn’t bury a second goal, but he got as close as he possibly could with another strong sequence in the second period. The puck simply refused to go in.
He was also effective in his own end, to the point that Tortorella sent him out in the final minute to protect their one-goal lead. He responded by blocking a Torey Krug one-timer which led to a near-miss by Nick Foligno on the empty net. Being able to send out your 4th line against the opposition’s top firepower is a great tool to have in your lineup. It avoids the risk of injuries to top players like Pierre-Luc Dubois while also giving them some rest in case the game goes to extra time.
Jenner was named the second star of the game for his efforts. He would likely have been the first star if it wasn’t for Sergei Bobrovsky who had yet another great performance. Depth is crucial in the playoffs, so seeing a bottom of the lineup player like Jenner stepping up in a tightly contested matchup is invaluable.