Game Blog: Jets 5, Leafs 4 SO
The Jets win 5-4 in a wild shootout game in Toronto. With the win, the Jets take over first spot in the Southeast Division.
PRE- GAME NOTES
For the second consecutive game, the Winnipeg Jets (14-11-2) face a team that they are within striking distance of in the Eastern Conference standings. After beating and passing the Rangers on Thursday, the Jets visit Air Canada Centre to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (15-12-1) who hold a one-point lead on Winnipeg in the standings. The two teams recently met on Tuesday at MTS Centre, with the Jets topping the Maple Leafs 5-2. The Maple Leafs won the first meeting between the teams this season by a 3-2 score on Feb. 7 at MTS Centre.
Converting on the advantage
The Winnipeg Jets man advantage has been a significant advantage of late with power play goals in two straight games, both wins. Nik Antropov has been the power play goal scorer in both games. The last time a Jet scored power play goals in back-to-back games was by Dustin Byfuglien on Jan. 25-27. The Jets power play has converted on 12-of-80 opportunities (15.0%), but their record in games where they’ve scored on the power play is 7-3-0.
PK streak hits 10 games
The Winnipeg Jets extended their current penalty kill streak thanks in part to their disciplined play. Winnipeg was shorthanded once on Mar. 14 versus New York (3-1 W) and successfully defended the disadvantage extending their current PK streak to 26 shorthanded situations without allowing a goal. The streak stretches over 10 games, beginning on Feb. 24 in New Jersey (4-2 W). During the Jets current PK streak, their efficiency has improved from 67.8% (as of Feb. 23) to 78.0%. Winnipeg’s record over those 10 games is 7-2-1.
Comfort on the road
The Jets leave Winnipeg this weekend knowing they have found success away from MTS Centre with a road record of 8-5-2 this season. Most notably over their last two road trips – five games and four games in length – Winnipeg won six of nine games on those combined trips (6-2-1). Winnipeg’s leading scorer on the road this season is the captain Andrew Ladd with 13 points (6G, 7A) in 15 games.
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1:32: LEAFS GOAL: Joffrey Lupul scores his first of the season in his first game back after missing 25 games with an injury. Nazem Kadri won a nattle along the boards in the Jets zone, he sent a nice pass onto Lupul's stick in the slot. He put the puck to the backhand and tossed a shot that went up and over the glove of Pavelec. 1-0 Leafs.
4:06: Chris Thorburn and Colton Orr decided to drop the gloves for a rematch from Tuesday's tilt. The fight was lengthy with each player landing several punches. Up against the boards, the refs finally tore them apart and sent them off with fighting majors.
8:22: Zach Bogosian and Korbinian Holzer drop the gloves in a wild heated battle. Bogosian, with a ton of energy, dropped Holzer to the ice after a handful of punches and ended the fight. He was handed an extra two minutes for instigating and a 10 minute misconduct.
|Seem ridiculous that Bogosian can get an instigator penalty for going after a player who had his gloves off.
The Jets got a late power play chance with Lupul in the box for hooking and managed to get a few good chances but time ran out and they went to the dressing room trailling the Leafs 1-0. Shots were 14-11 in favour of the Leafs. In the heated period, the Jets served 28 minutes of penalties while the Leafs had 18.
5:29: JETS GOAL: James Wright finally finds the back of the net for his first of the seaon. Nik Antropov found Kyle Wellwood with Wright racing across the blueline. Wellwood sent a perfect pass onto a wide open Wright on his left who made no mistake burying the puck past Ben Scrivens.
|Incredible start to the 2nd for the
10:36: JETS GOAL: Antti Miettinen bats the puck out of the air and into the back of the net after Dustin Byfuglien blasted a hard point shot that bounced off of Scrivens. Miettinen puts the Jets in the lead for the first time of the night with his second of the season. Olli Jokinen picked up the second assist on the goal.
12:03: JETS GOAL: Blake Wheeler sends a nice backhand flip into the back of the net after Dion Phaneuf bobbled the puck and gave it up to Bryan Little. Little found Wheeler's backhand and he quickly released a shot that stunned Scrivens.
15:29: JETS GOAL: Wheeler scores his second of the game and 12th of the season just over three minutes after his first one. Zacho Bogosian started the play off and got the puck up to Andrew Ladd, who dished it to Wheeler. Wheeler converted for a wraparound goal. 4-1 Jets
18:35: LEAFS GOAL: Nikolai Kulemin sent a hard wrist shot that beat Pavelec right off the faceoff. 4-2 Jets.
19:00 LEAFS GOAL: Joffrey Lupul scores his second of the night to match Wheeler and suddenly it's 4-3 with a minute to play in the second.
Through 40 minutes, the Jets led 4-3 after a crazy six-goal period in Toronto. The fans here go from quiet and stunned to loud and excited. What's in store for the third period? Shots are 27-22 Jets through two periods.
5:50: LEAFS GOAL: Phil Kessel ties the game 4-4 from Tyler Bozak and James Van Riemsdyk.
|Physical errors have cost the
Despite the end to end action and handful of chances for both teams, neither team could come up with the game-winner and steal the extra point in 60 minutes of play. Overtime was filled with chances and the Jets came close in the final minute but couldn't solve Reimer. They would need a shootout to solve this one.
It took 10 Jets shooters to earn the extra point and it was Zach Bogosian who played the hero in the end. The Jets pick up the crucial extra point to move into first place in the Southeast Division and third in the Eastern Conference.
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