Game Blog: Jets 3, Capitals 5
Up-to-the-minute updates from tonight's Jets-Caps game.
The Winnipeg Jets (24-19-3) sit in ninth place with two games remaining, currently one point behind a trio of teams who each have one game in hand. One of those teams is the Washington Capitals (25-18-2) who currently hold down the third seed in the East by virtue of leading the Southeast Division. The Jets and Capitals have met four times this season with the visiting team winning each of those games. The Jets have not lost in Washington since Nov. 23/11 when they dropped a 4-3 overtime decision. Both teams have been unwilling to blink in this home stretch of the season as the Capitals are 9-1-0 in their last 10 games, while the Jets have followed suit going 6-0-1 in their last seven.
Starting lineup: Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien, Derek Meech and Ondrej Pavelec in net.
3:12: CAPS GOAL: Matt Hendricks puts the Caps on the board first after he dug the puck out of the corner and flipped a sharp angle shot on net that bounced off of Pavelec's back and into the net. 1-0 Capitals.
| Erskine saves a goal with a dive across the crease. But also takes a tripping call.
4:12 John Erskine takes the first penalty of the night, as he sits for two minutes on a tripping call. Jets went to their first power play and came close but couldn't find the back of the net on the opportunity and remain down 1-0.
Later in the period...Aaron Gagnon blasted a shot from the left circle that went off of Holtby's body, up and over his shoulder, off his back and tricked across the line...well...not quite across the line as John Erskine was there in the knick of time to swipe the puck off the goal line. Blake Wheeler was there but thought the puck had already crossed the line and did not give the puck the extra push it needed. The goal was reviewed but was called a no-goal.
| #NHLJets F Aaron Gagnon with a redirection that rolled off back of #Caps G Braden Holtby, play is under review. Very, very close call here
Through twenty minutes of play, the Jets trailed the Capitals 2-0. Shots on goal read 13-7 in favour of the home town Caps.
0:16: JETS GOAL: Evander Kane tallies his 17th of the season 16 seconds into the second period. Dustin Byfuglien dished him the puck inside the Jets zone and Kane was off and running. He charged across the line and snapped a hard wrist shot that beat Holtby. 2-1 Caps.
With 16:00 minutes to play in the middle frame, Pavelec made a couple of crucial saves back to back on Nicklas Backstrom...keeping the Jets down by just one goal
| That's at least the third highlight of the night type of save #NHLJets G Ondrej Pavelec has made since last Thurs. Backstrom latest victim
14:11: JETS GOAL: Blake Wheeler sends home his 18th of the season on a perfect feed from Nik Antropov in the slot. Wheeler makes no mistake snapping the puck past Holtby to tie the game 2-2.
| You could just see that Nik Antropov was going to do something big in this game. Great feed to Wheeler to make it 2-2. #NHlJets
14:48: CAPS GOAL: Capitals answer right back to regain their lead after Alex Ovechkin makes a nice pass onto the stick of Backstrom at the backdoor to tap the puck into the empty net. 3-2 Caps.
17:34: CAPS GOAL: Mathieu Perreault makes it 4-2 after he shovels home a loose puck in front with a handful of bodies searching for the puck. Pavelec made the initial save but the puck spit out and he lost sight of it and before he knew it, it was in the back of the net.
Through two periods, the Jets trailed the Caps 4-2. The shots on goal were 31-16, Caps. Dustin Byfuglien leading the way in shots with five.
| Kane getting an elbowing call. Antropov showed some 'real' effort on that faceoff.
11:50: JETS GOAL: Nik Antropov narrows the gap to 4-3 with just over eight minutes to play in the final frame. Ron Hainsey hands him the puck just before he crossed the blueline. He split his defenders and released a hard wrist shot that flew over the shoulder of Holtby stick side.
Antropov draws a late penalty putting the Jets on a crucial power play.....with just over five minutes to play in regulation.
| Said it on Saturday and will say it again, if #NHLJets want to be a playoff team, their PP must come through in times like these