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Game Blog: Jets @ Islanders

The Jets continue their road swing in Long Island to take on the Islanders, Tuesday.

Tuesday, 02.04.2013 / 6:21 PM / Blogs
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PRE-GAME NOTES

The Winnipeg Jets (18-17-2) and New York Islanders (17-16-3) are separated by only one point in the Eastern Conference standings as they get set to meet on Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum. While the Jets hold the third-seed in the East by virtue of leading their division, the Islanders are tied with the Rangers for eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 37 points. The Jets and Islanders are trending in different directions with Winnipeg losing three straight and the Islanders winning four of their last five games. Winnipeg has won the only meeting this season between the clubs – a 5-4 overtime win at MTS Centre that saw the Jets erase a 4-2 deficit late in regulation time. After Tuesday the two teams will meet one more time on Apr. 20 in Winnipeg.


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GAME BLOG:

FIRST PERIOD

Starting lineup: Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Ron Hainsey, Zach Bogosian and Ondrej Pavelec in net

16:13: Anders Lee opened the scoring in his first NHL game as he sent a fluttering puck past a screened Pavelec from the top of the circle that somehow made it's way to the back of the net. Islanders lead 1-0.

      Looks like putting in Paul Postma was good decision by Claude Noel. Jets need all the offence they can get and he ties it 1-1            @Ted_Wyman


18:06: JETS GOAL: The Jets answer back with just under two minutes remaining in the opening period as Paul Postma tallied his second of the season. Eric Tangradi did a great job of rushing to puck across the blueline and tossed a good shot on net from  sharp angle. The puck shot out and Postma was there in the slot to shovel home the rebound and tie things at 1-1.

The Jets and Islanders were all tied 1-1 through 20 minutes of play in Long Island with the shots favouring the home team 12-9.

SECOND PERIOD

6:02: JETS GOAL: Paul Postma taps home his second of the night and fourth of the season after Chris Thorburn sent him a nice feed at the back door to give the Jets their first lead of the game. Eric Tangradi set up the play bringing the puck into the Isles zone and dishing it to Thorburn.

9:56: ISLANDERS GOAL: Colin McDonald tied things up a few minutes later for the Islanders. Captain Mark Streit fired a slap shot from the point that was redirected by Michael Grabner in the crease. He was able to quickly get the puck to McDonald all alone at the back door...and it's 2-2.

      The ice remaining with a serious tilt towards the Jets net but Ondrej the Giant stands tall. Outshot 27-13 right now.            @IllegalCurve

19:32: ISLANDERS GOAL: On the first Islanders man-advantage of the night, Frans Nielsen makes it count. Mark Streit sent a blast from the point that kicked out right to Nielsen who sent the puck into an open spot. It looked like the puck may have changed direction on-route to beat Pavelec. 3-2 Isles.

Through two periods, the Islanders led the Jets 3-2. Shots on net were 30-17 NY. The Jets held the edge in blocked shots 12-9.

THIRD PERIOD

      Byfuglien's first shift of the 3rd period is as RW on top line w/ Ladd and Little #tsn.            @saraorlesky
      Eight minutes into the third and the Isles just registered their first shot on goal. Still lead #NHLJets 3-2 #bn            @WFPEdTait

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01