There will be two teams in Ottawa looking to bounce back after respective 3-2 losses on Thursday night. Both the Winnipeg Jets (4-5-1) and Ottawa Senators (6-3-2) failed to hold their own 2-1 third period leads on Thursday night only to see them evaporate en route to home ice losses. The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Jets in regulation time at MTS Centre, while the Carolina Hurricanes needed overtime to get past Ottawa.
Al Montoya will get his second start of the season today.
It was a slow first period with not a whole lot to report from Ottawa on Hockey Day in Canada. The first penalty of the game went to Jim Slater for tripping at 17:03. The Senators worked their power play unit looking for a way to break the scoreless tie but Montoya held strong in his crease and kept the puck out.
After 20 minutes the Jets and Senators were scoreless. Shots were 12-12.
Zach Redmond took the second penalty of the game as he was caught for tripping at 12:15, sending the Senators back to the power play. Their best chance came midway through the advantage as Sergei Gonchar blasted a shot from the middle of the left circle but Montoya tracked it down and made the save.
One of the best chances of the period for the Jets came with just over three minutes to play in the period. After the Sens turned over the puck over to Alexei Ponikarovsky in the neutral zone, he quickly charged the Sens net. He got Bishop moving across the net as he tried to flip it past him but he followed the play and was able to keep it out.
After two periods of play, the game remained scoreless. Shots through 40 minutes were28-23 in favour of the Jets.
The Jets finally found the scoreboard at 5:57 of the final period after the Senators turned over the puck at the blueline. Kyle Wellwood quickly took control of the puck at the top of the circle, and snapped a hard shot on net. Ponikarovsky was in front to redirect the puck past Bishop to make it 1-0.
The Senators had a handful of chances trying desperately to tie the game but Montoya and the Jets shut the door on the Sens and picked up the two points in Ottawa.
The Jets will return to Winnipeg to play the next three games at home starting with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
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