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Game Blog: Jets vs Panthers

Jets continue their home stand against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Wednesday, 10.04.2013 / 4:36 PM / Blogs
Winnipeg Jets

GAME PREVIEW

With the NHL landscape realigning for the start of the 2013-14 season, the Winnipeg Jets (20-19-2) and Florida Panthers (13-20-6) will meet for the final time as Southeast Division rivals on Thursday at MTS Centre. The Jets are winners of two straight, leaving them firmly entrenched in the playoff picture – tied with the Rangers for eighth in the Eastern Conference, and two points back of the Capitals for the third seed. The Panthers are last in the East, but have won four of their last five to keep their playoff hopes alive. Both teams have two wins each in this year’s season series.

FIRST PERIOD


Starting Lineup: Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Grant Clitsome, Dustin Byfuglien

3:54: JETS GOAL: Jets got on the board early shortly after an early power play had expired.Blake Wheeler blasted a slap shot from the point and Aaron Gagnon was in front to tip the puck past Jacob Markstrom. 1-0 Jets.

      The Jets were all over the Panthers there. A solid power play led to good pressure in the zone.         @ICEzzyG


4:46: PANTHERS GOAL: TJ Brennan ties the game just under a minute later after he sent a hard wrist shot from the top of the circle to beat Pavelec.

5:04: JETS GOAL: Evander Kane net his 15th of the season just 15 seconds after the Panthers tied things up to regain the lead. Olli Jokinen sent the puck on net from a sharp angle in the corner. Kane was there to scoop up the loose puck and backhand it in threw the legs of Markstrom. 2-1 Jets.

6:31: PANTHERS GOAL: Tomas Fleischmann tied things up a minute and a half later after he received a long cross ice pass at the bottom of the right circle. With Pavelec on the other side of the net, there was no way he could get over in time, as the puck was sent into the open net.

      @NHLJets HC Claude Noel may want to keep those rosary beads handy for tonight with the way this one is being played         @KellyMooreCJOB
12:42: JETS GOAL: Andrew Ladd tallied his 16th of the season after Bryan Little sent him a perfect pass from the wing to find him a step ahead of his defender in the slot. He made a move and beat Markstrom clean stick side. 3-2 Jets

      Wheeler has lots of jump and he opened the door to what he could be with a hit in the corner that flattened a Panthers defender          @garylawless


After one period of play the Jets led the Panthers 3-2 and led 17-9 on the shot clock.

SECOND PERIOD

10:05: JETS GOAL-PP: Grant Clitsome picked up his fourth of the season and increase the Jets lead to 4-2 on the PP. Clitsome was in the slot and sent the pass over to Little on the wing down low. Little took a look and sent it right back to Clitsome all alone in front to put the puck past Markstrom. 4-2 Jets.

      Hadn't even finished announcing the penalty to Parros and Bryan Little with another beautiful feed to a pinching Clitsome. 4-2 Jets.          @IllegalCurve


10:33: JETS GOAL: Dustin Byfuglien adds to the Jets lead 28 seconds later as he blasted one from the point that flew past a screened Markstrom to make it 5-2.

11:57: JETS GOAL: Evander Kane made it 6-2 after a turnover in the neutral zone. Markstrom came out of his net in attempt to poke the puck away from a flying Kane but failed to get there in time, resulting in Kane walking the puck around him and into the open net.

After letting in the sixth Jets goal, Markstrom was released from his goal and replaced with Scott Clemmensen.

17:21: George Parros took a seat for unsportsmanlike conduct for four minutes, putting the Jets on a late power play. 

19:00: Gudbranson took a five-minute major and match penalty for an illegal check to head on Bryan Little along the boards. The Jets then went to a 5-on-3 for 2:21 here.

      Bryan Little is injured and heads to #NHLJets dressing room after taking a high check from Erik Gudbranson, who is penalized. 5-on-3 Jets          @WiebeSunSports


Time ran down on period two with the score reading 6-2 and still 1:21 remaining in the 5-on-3. Shots on net read 23-20 Jets.

THIRD PERIOD

11:53: JETS GOAL: Chris Thorburn added a seventh goal to the board as he made a perfect tip in front on a Ron Hainsey shot from the point. Zach Bogosian picked up his second assist of the night on the play.

      That's the first goal by Chris Thorburn since Jan. 21, the second game of the season, snapping a 33-game drought          @WiebeSunSports

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