Final: Jets 3, Canadiens 4

Winnipeg Jets | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

A three-game winning streak was on the line for both the Winnipeg Jets and the Montreal Canadiens tonight but it was the Red and White home team that took the two points to extend their streak and snap the streak of the Jets as they walked with a 4-3 final at the Bell Centre tonight. It was an end-to-end battle full of power plays, 15 to be exact.

"They came at us pretty hard out of the gates and took us a little bit," said Andrew Ladd post-game. "But we got back to playing the way we needed to, tied it up and got ahead. At the end of the day I think we just lost the special teams battle and came down to them."

The Canadiens went up 2-0 in the first period but Wheeler would answer back late to pull within one. Nik Antropov and Olli Jokinen each scored their first of the season to give the Jets their first lead of the night but Erik Cole would tie things up late in the second heading to the third.

"Second period I thought we did a great job of getting back into the game and putting pucks into good areas and battling for them got our skating legs going," said Ladd. "That's the way we need to play, especially on the road. We'll look at the tape and see some of the positives that we did and then we'll get better in some other areas."

Tomas Plekanec added another power play goal just over five minutes into the final period and the Jets just couldn't pull off another come-back and fell to a 4-3 Final.

"Obviously the power play in the third hurt us," said Ron Hainsey. "Get pucks to the net, that's what we do. They did it and got a break there. Probably a few too many penalties for us, we've done a great job up until this point not taking penalties. They took some too and they were able to kill them off, give them credit, they made it difficult."


Not much to talk about through the first eight minutes of play in the first period until Paul Postma took the game's first penalty at 7:48 putting the Habs on the power play. Andrei Markov made a nice feed over to Rene Bourque on the point who slapped a one-timer through traffic that went up and over the shoulder of Pavelec. 1-0 Habs.

Brendan Gallagher made it 2-0 Canadiens after a Jets turnover in the neutral zone. He got to the top of the circle and made nice shot that just beat Pavelec glove side.

With 3:50 remaining in the period, the Jets power play was put to the test after Markov head off for hooking. Jokinen made a nice, patient play to get the puck over to Wheeler at the top of the circle. He then released a hard shot that found it's way through traffic and past Price. Kane was at the backdoor swinging at the puck to make sure it went across the line but didn't touch it before it went in. 2-1 Habs.

Shots after twenty minutes, 6-6. The Jets were 73% in the face-off circle (16-6), but were being out-hit 12-3.


The Jets went back on the power play after Lars Eller went off for holding on Andrew Ladd. The Jets power play unit went to work and yet again were rewarded. The play started with Ron Hainsey getting the puck to over to Antropov, who sent a nice pass to Little in the slot. Little fired on net that was turned away by Price. The rebound shot out right onto Antropov's stick who made no mistake putting the rebound into the back of the net. 2-2.

Olli Jokinen finally picked up his first of the season and first as a Jet and gave his team their first lead of the game at 11:48, just after a power play had expired. Kane made a nice pass cross-ice over to Jokinen streaking across the blue line. He was mid-stride when he made a nice sweeping wrist shot that flew top shelf over Price knocking his water bottle into the air. 3-2 Jets.

Minutes later, Erik Cole tied the game for the Habs, again, just seconds after their power play expired. After Pavelec turned three or four shots aside, traffic continued to piled up and the Jets couldn't clear the puck. A mad scramble formed in the crease and eventually Cole found the back of the net for his first of the season. 3-3.

After 40 minutes, the Jets and Habs tied 3-3. Shots were 17-10 Montreal.


The period started with an early power play chance for the Jets with Colby Armstrong in the box for elbowing on Kane. They had a couple of great chances on the advantage but they couldn't break the tie.

Instead, Enstrom got caught minutes later for tripping and Montreal made them pay. Plekanec blasted a hard shot from the top of the circle that hit Hainsey's skate in the crease and flipped into the net. Bad break for the Jets, 4-3 Montreal 5:31 into the final frame.

As time ticked on in the period, the pace and intensity rose significantly. It was end to end action and penalty after penalty for both sides but the score remained the same and the Jets could not find a way to get another one past Price.

The Habs got one more late chance of their own when Enstrom headed back to the box for high-sticking. The Jets tried everything they could to find a short handed goal but it just wasn't in the cards tonight and time expired with the Habs on top 4-3.

Final shots were 26-21 Montreal.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:04MTL PPG - Rene Bourque (1) ASST: Andrei Markov (2), Raphael Diaz (6) 1 - 0 MTL
14:22MTL Brendan Gallagher (2) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (3), Francis Bouillon (2) 2 - 0 MTL
16:10WPG PPG - Blake Wheeler (3) ASST: Olli Jokinen (2), Toby Enstrom (7) 2 - 1 MTL
2nd Period
03:32WPG Nik Antropov (1) ASST: Bryan Little (2), Ron Hainsey (2) 2 - 2 Tie
11:48WPG Olli Jokinen (1) ASST: Evander Kane (4), Dustin Byfuglien (4) 3 - 2 WPG
15:08MTL Erik Cole (1) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (4), Brendan Gallagher (2) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
05:31MTL PPG - Tomas Plekanec (3) ASST: Raphael Diaz (7), Andrei Markov (3) 4 - 3 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Brendan Gallagher
Brendan Gallagher
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 9:22
Alex Galchenyuk
Alex Galchenyuk
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 11:10
Rene Bourque
Rene Bourque
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:12
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:48WPG Paul Postma  Interference against  Travis Moen
14:25MTL Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Thorburn
14:25WPG Chris Thorburn  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
15:51MTL Andrei Markov  Hooking against  Olli Jokinen
2nd Period
01:29MTL Lars Eller  Holding against  Andrew Ladd
10:26WPG Mark Stuart  Cross checking against  Brendan Gallagher
10:50MTL Alex Galchenyuk  Tripping against  Jim Slater
13:05WPG Alexander Burmistrov  Interference against  Alex Galchenyuk
3rd Period
01:09MTL Colby Armstrong  Elbowing against  Evander Kane
04:36WPG Toby Enstrom  Tripping against  Brian Gionta
11:35MTL Brandon Prust  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ondrej Pavelec
13:52MTL Brandon Prust  Diving against  Nik Antropov
13:52WPG Nik Antropov  Boarding against  Brandon Prust
13:52MTL David Desharnais  Roughing against  Nik Antropov
16:44WPG Toby Enstrom  Hi-sticking against  Brandon Prust
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/62/5
Faceoff Wins3634
Blocked Shots1116
Penalty Minutes1719
4P. PostmaD0003213:00
5M. StuartD0000217:52
6R. HainseyD0112025:13
8A. BurmistrovC00-20215:21
9E. KaneL0113018:30
12O. JokinenC1115018:27
13K. WellwoodC00-11011:18
16A. LaddL0011019:17
17J. WrightC000004:11
18B. LittleC0111019:41
19J. SlaterC000008:21
22C. ThorburnR000058:11
23A. PonikarovskyL00-20014:37
24G. ClitsomeD00-2008:46
26B. WheelerR1001018:06
33D. ByfuglienD0113028:26
39T. EnstromD0100426:52
80N. AntropovC1001217:19
31O. Pavelec2226.84659:21
8B. PrustL0010412:22
14T. PlekanecC10-22023:20
17R. BourqueR1001018:12
20C. ArmstrongR0000210:00
21B. GiontaR0004020:42
22T. KaberleD0022012:13
26J. GorgesD00-11023:15
27A. GalchenyukC0220211:10
32T. MoenL00-11512:53
51D. DesharnaisC00-10213:47
53R. WhiteC0003011:47
55F. BouillonD0110021:50
61R. DiazD0202016:49
72E. ColeL1014014:50
73B. GallagherR112309:22
74A. EmelinD00-11020:55
79A. MarkovD02-10224:02
81L. EllerC00-1229:52
31C. Price1821.85760:00