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Game Blog: Jets @ Penguins

The Jets are in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins, Thursday night.

Thursday, 28.03.2013 / 5:53 PM / Blogs
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Game Blog: Jets @ Penguins
The Jets are in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins, Thursday night.

PRE-GAME NOTES

The Winnipeg Jets (18-14-2) travel to Pittsburgh to take on the NHL’s hottest team in the Penguins (26-8-0) at CONSOL Energy Center. This is the third and final meeting between the clubs and the only one to take place in Pittsburgh. CONSOL Energy Center was a tough place to play for the Jets last season as they lost both meetings by a combined score of 16-9. While the Penguins have been very impressive of late, the Jets have experienced their own success with a record of 8-3-1 in their last 12 and have gone 4-1-1 in their last six road games. The teams have split the season series, with the Jets taking the first meeting on Jan. 25 (4-2 W) before the Penguins beat the Jets on Feb. 15 (1-3 L).

TEAM NOTES

Peace with the road

Something about being on the road has worked for the Winnipeg Jets this season as they have gone 10-6-2 away from MTS Centre and are currently tied for the fourth-most wins in the League away from home. Dating back to Feb. 9 in Ottawa, Winnipeg has won nine of their last 13 games on the road (9-3-1). The Jets play four of their next five games away from MTS Centre. Andrew Ladd (6G, 10A) and Evander Kane (8G, 8A) lead the team in points on the road through 18 games.

Southeast story

The Jets padded their Southeast Division lead on Carolina with a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes on Tuesday. Winnipeg now leads the division with 38 points, ahead of Carolina (32 points), Washington (31 points), Tampa Bay (27 points) and Florida (24 points). The Jets have a record of 7-6-0 versus Southeast opponents this season. Winnipeg had the best interdivision record in the division last season, going 14-6-4.

Taking advantage

Earlier this season, the Jets scored once on the power play over a 16 game stretch. That pattern has long since passed with five power play goals over the last nine games. Since Mar. 12, Winnipeg’s power play has converted on five of 26 opportunities (19.2%). Dustin Byfuglien leads the team with four power play goals this season.

Jets starting lineup: Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler, Tobias Enstrom, Dustin Byfuglien and Al Montoya in net.

FIRST PERIOD

      Tangradi with some extra incentive to start this game. Jets really need to keep up this pressure.            @IllegalCurve
15:03: PENS GOAL: Chris Kunitz puts the Penguins on the board first after taking a slick behind-the-back pass from Sidney Crosby. He made no mistake blasting one past Montoya top-shelf. 1-0 Pens.

18:32: PENS GOAL: Evgeni Malkin shovels home a second goal just minutes after the first one. James Neal sent a nice cross-crease pass to  Malkin at the back door, who finished the play. The goal was under review as it looked like he may have kicked the puck into the net but was called a goal, and just like that it was 2-0 Pens.

      Absolutely could have been ruled no goal. The distinct kicking motion is tough to define. Looked like Malkin directed puck with his skate            @Ted_Wyman


Through one period of play, the Penguins led the Jets 2-0. Shots on net also favoured the Pens 12-8.

SECOND PERIOD

4:12: PENS GOAL: Pascal Dupuis increases the Penguins lead as Chris Kunitz sends him a nice feed on a two-on-one opportunity. Dupuis connects with the one-timer to beat Montoya. 3-0 Penguins.

10:12: The Jets got their first power play opportunity of the night as Craig Adams sat for two minutes for hooking on Alex Burmistrov. The Jets PP unit went to work but just weren't able to get much going in the Penguins zone. The strong PK of the Penguins shut the Jets chance down and held them off the board.

      Absolutely could have been ruled no goal. The distinct kicking motion is tough to define. Looked like Malkin directed puck with his skate            @Ted_Wyman

18:37: PENS GOAL: The Jets give up a shorthanded goal with Paul Martin in the box, late in the middle frame. Dustin Byfuglien couldn't keep the puck in the Penguins zone, that quickly resulted in a 2-on-1 chance as Pascal Dupuis raced up ice into the Jets zone. He took a look, then snapped a hard shot that beat Montoya.

Through two periods, the Jets trailed the Penguins 4-0. Pascal Dupuis with two goals in the second period. Shots were 27-14 Penguins.

THIRD PERIOD

      The Pittsburgh Penguins are a dangerously good hockey team. The Jets aren't really playing bad but the Pens are just that good.            @ICEzzyG
12:20: Kyle Wellwood with one of the best chances of the third period, sneaks behind his check and puts a hard wrist shot right on net from 13 feet out but Tomas Vokoun stones him and shuts the door. Jets still can't solve Vokoun, down 4-0 with under eight minutes to play.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 64 22 30 14 52
B. Little 64 24 27 11 51
B. Wheeler 62 17 29 14 46
D. Byfuglien 64 15 27 8 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 64 10 26 3 36
M. Frolik 64 13 20 4 33
D. Stafford 58 11 17 -19 28
J. Tlusty 54 13 11 -18 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 7 5 .919 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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