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Game Blog: Jets vs Islanders

Up-to-the-minute updates from tonight's Jets- Islanders game.

Saturday, 04.20.2013 / 1:37 PM CT / Blogs
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Game Blog: Jets vs Islanders
Up-to-the-minute updates from tonight\'s Jets- \'Isles match up.


The Winnipeg Jets (23-19-2) and the New York Islanders (23-16-5) meet Saturday afternoon in a game that carries with it significant playoff implications. The Islanders currently hold the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, three points up on the Jets who were in ninth place entering action on Friday. A Jets regulation win would pull them within a point of the Islanders with three games remaining for either club. The home team has won each of the first two meetings of the season series. The Jets took the first meeting on Jan. 27 by a score of 5-4 in overtime before the Islanders responded with a 5-2 victory on Apr. 2


Starting lineup: Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler, Grant Clitsome, Zach Bogosian and Ondrej Pavelec in net.

4:21: ISLANDERS GOAL: Frans Nielsen opened the scoring for the Islanders after he took a nice feed at the blueline from Kyle Okposo. Nielsen walked in alone to the middle of the circle and snapped it through the legs of Ondrej Pavelec. 1-0 Isles.

5:01: 40 seconds later, Grant Clitsome took the game's first penalty as he went off for hooking...the Islanders have the 6th best PP in the NHL.

      Now a penalty against the #NHLJets. Not the kind of start they wanted with this charged up crowd against a strong time          @Ted_Wyman
10:42: JETS GOAL: Zach Bogosian put the Jets on the board to tie the game 1-1 midway through the opening period. Blake Wheeler dropped the puck off for Bogosian to blast a one-timer over the stick-side shoulder of Evgeni Nabokov.

12:14: ISLANDERS GOAL: Josh Bailey regained the Isles lead after Okposo sent him a nice pass from the corner to send a wrist shot past Pavelec's glove side. 2-1 Islanders.

      Wouldn't you know it, with so much talk about #NHLJets needing to shut down John Tavares line, the #Isles 2nd unit has been flying so far          @WiebeSunSports
The period would come to an end with the Jets trailing the Islanders 2-1. The shots on goal were 11-4 in favour of New York.


       RW Kyle Okposo with a high hit on D Zach Bogosian. Shoulder to head, but it was not called by folks in stripes.          @WiebeSunSports

9:47: ISLANDERS GOAL: Matt Martin made it 3-1 as he squeeked the puck past Pavelec in front from Jesse Joensuu and Lubomir Visnovsky. 

10:27: JETS GOAL: Kyle Wellwood closed the gap to get the Jets back within one after Evander Kane wired a blast from the top of the circle that was stopped by Nabokov. The puck spit right out to Wellwood in front who waited patiently for Nabokov to go down for him to snap the puck into the open net. 3-2 Islanders.

13:24: JETS GOAL: Kyle Wellwood finds the back of the net again after Grant Clitsome found him racing across the blueline. Neck and neck with his defenders, he dangled the puck around both of them to put himself half a step in front...he took his time and made no mistake going upstairs on Nabokov. 3-3 tie.

      #NHLJets fans, give Jets & Wellwood a high-five for scoring 2x to tie game. High-five w/ @scotiahockey to win prizes:         @NHL

19:12: Matt Martin and Zach Bogosian took roughing minors putting the game on 4-on-4. Then, 33 seconds later, Michael Grabner tried to clear the puck but was called for concealing the puck, putting the Jets on a brief 5-on-3.

The Jets banged away trying to give themselves the lead with the late opportunity...and just as the buzzer went, Kyle Wellwood blasted a slap shot that flew past Nabokov and into the back of the net ...but it was a split second too late and did not count.

      This game has some serious jam to it. Going to be an unbelievable third period. This may be the loudest I have ever heard a rink.       @ShawnMcKenzie89
Through 40 minutes, the Jets and Islanders were all tied up 3-3. Shots on net were 23-13 Islanders.


      Eric Tangradi blocked four shots on this one shift for #NHLJets and fans show their appreciation for the effort       @WiebeSunSports
9:13: ISLANDERS GOAL: Michael Grabner gives the Islanders their third lead of the day after Colin McDonald found him all alone in the crease in front of Pavelec. Grabner connected with the set up and shoveled it into the back of the net. 4-3 Isles.

      I wouldn't say the Islanders are especially systems-oriented, but they do a lot of the unpleasant nitty-gritty stuff really well.       @pwilliamsNHL
17:59: JETS GOAL: With Vishnovsky in the box for interference, Bryan Little ties the game 4-4! Grant Clitsome blasted a shot from the top of the circle that made it on net but not in. Andrew Ladd got to it at the post and sent it over to Little at the back door. He kicked the puck to his stick and buried it into the back of the net.

Time would run out on regulation and the Jets earn a huge point after rallying to tie the game late. These two would need an extra round of minutes to see who will come away with the second point.


For the third consecutive game, the Jets would need extra time to find a winner...
      Regardless of what happens next, that's a big point for the #NHLets, rallying from down 3-1 and 4-3 late.       @WFPEdTait

WPG- Wheeler- stopped
NYI- Nielsen- stopped
WPG- Santorelli- post
NYI- Boyes- GOAL




1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54


A. Ladd 76 24 37 12 61
B. Wheeler 74 25 34 24 59
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 76 14 32 9 46
D. Byfuglien 67 18 27 6 45
D. Stafford 70 16 25 -15 41
M. Frolik 76 17 23 4 40
M. Perreault 57 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 66 14 15 -19 29
T. Myers 66 7 19 -9 26
O. Pavelec 19 15 7 .917 2.39
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
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