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Game Blog: Jets 3, Capitals 5

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

Tuesday, 23.04.2013 / 6:43 PM / Blogs
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Game Blog: Jets 3, Capitals 5
Up-to-the-minute updates from tonight\'s Jets- Capitals match up.


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.       @wyshynski

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       @WiebeSunSports
17:53: CAPS GOAL: Jason Chimera makes it 2-0 Capitals with 2:07 remaining in the opening period. Mathieu Perrault got him the puck from behind the net to snap a quick snot on net. Pavelec saved the first one but the rebound slipped past him and into the back of the net.

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       @WiebeSunSports

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       @Ted_Wyman

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.       @IllegalCurve

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       @WiebeSunSports
19:31: EN CAPS GOAL: Alex Ovechkin seals the deal with a late empty-net goal to make it a 5-3 final. Time ran out for the Winnipeg Jets as they fell to the Washington Capitals. The final shots were 41-27 Capitals.




1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46


B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
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