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Game Blog: Jets vs Canadiens

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

Thursday, 25.04.2013 / 7:38 PM / Blogs
Winnipeg Jets

GAME PREVIEW

With one game remaining in their regular season, the Winnipeg Jets (24-20-3) are facing a true must-win situation for the first time this year when they take on the Montreal Canadiens (27-14-5) at MTS Centre on Thursday night. The ninth-place Jets are trailing the Senators and Rangers by a single point. Meanwhile, the Canadiens have one more game after Thursday as they try to clinch the Northeast Division title. Despite losing 5-3 in Washington on Tuesday, the Jets are 6-1-1 in their last eight games. The Canadiens have hit a rough patch of late, losing five of their last six. The two previous matchups this season between these clubs have taken place at Bell Centre, where Montreal won by scores of 4-3 and 4-1.


FIRST PERIOD

Starting Lineup: Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien, Derek Meech and Ondrej Pavelec in net.

      James Wright and Blake Wheeler have both had decent chances using their speed to their advantage but Price up to the task.       @IllegalCurve
9:10: JETS GOAL: James Wright put the Jets on the board first on a nice one-timer wrist shot, 25 feet in front of Carey Price. Chris Thorburn dug the puck out from behind the net and was able to find Wright waiting patiently for the pass. 1-0 Jets.

      #NHLJets D Ron Hainsey is back after a pit stop in dressing room. He blocked a shot in a sensitive area, it appeared. He's back on ice       @WiebeSunSports

The first period came to an end with the Jets leading the Canadiens 1-0. Shots favoured the visitors 7-4.

SECOND PERIOD

9:54: HABS GOAL: After a mad scramble in front of Ondrej Pavelec, Rene Bourque pulled the Canadiens even with the Jets. Alex Galchenyuk was able to find the loose puck in the crease and quickly pass to Bourque to make no mistake snapping it into an open space. 1-1

Minutes later...Blake Wheeler with a breakaway attempt but...

      Carey Price stones Blake Wheeler on a breakaway. The Habs tender has been sharp. #NHLJets       @WFPEdTait

14:43: JETS GOAL: Blake Wheeler puts the Jets back on top as he pokes one through the legs of a sprawled out Price in front of the net. Bryan Little and Dustin Byfuglien pick up the assists on another mad scramble play. 2-1 Jets.

      19th goal of the season for Wheeler, who poked rebound through legs of Price. #NHLJets showing some urgency here       @WiebeSunSports
Through 40 minutes, the Jets led the Canadiens 2-1. Shots through two were 19-14 in favour of Montreal.

THIRD PERIOD

2:07: HABS GOAL: Brendan Gallagher ties the game 2-2 early in the final period as he blasted a hard slap shot from the point that bounced off of Pavelec's body up and over him and trickled across the line.

6:21: Andrew Ladd took a roughing minor putting the Habs on a power play...

7:18: Jets take a too-many-men penalty putting the Jets down two men.

7:59: HABS GOAL: David Desharnais makes the Jets pay on the 5-on-3 oppportunity after PK Subban blasted a shot from the point that was turned aside by Pavelec but Desharnais was there at the back door to tap the rebound into the open net. 3-2 Habs.

10:51: HABS GOAL: Max Pacioretty picks up his second of the night, and widens the gap to 4-2 as he blasted a shot from the point that beat Pavelec.

That's how things would end at the MTS Centre tonight as the Jets fell to a 4-2 final in their final regular season game. Final shots were 30-25 in favour of the Canadiens.

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