After a tough three-game road-trip last week, the Winnipeg Jets came into the MTS Centre and snapped a three-game losing streak defeating the division rival Florida Panthers, 3-2 in overtime.
The game started off very slow through most of the first period. The Jets mustered just three shots on net and trailed 1-0 to the Panthers after the first period.
Blake Wheeler tied the game early in the second period but Tomas Fleischmann answered back just over a minute later to regain the lead. Mark Stuart later tied the game for the Jets 2-2, which is where it stood after the full 60 minutes.
Just when it looked like the game would need a shootout, Bryan Little tallied the game-winner with 16 seconds left on the clock. Zach Redmond made a nice patient play to connect with Little charging the net. Little blasted a hard shot that beat Scott Clemmensen for the win.
Peter Mueller took the game's first penalty at 8:56 of the first period for tripping, putting the Jets on their first man advantage. 58 seconds later, Toby Enstrom went off for hooking turning the power play to a 4-on-4 for a minute. Both teams failed to find the net and the game continued in a scoreless tie.
Jonathan Huberdeau put the Panthers on the board at 18:12 of the period after Drew Shore carried the puck into the Jets zone, dodged around his defender and snapped a shot on net. Pavelec kicked the puck out but the rebound shot right over to Huberdeau who put it into the open net. 1-0 Florida.
The Jets tried to answer back before the period came to and end but couldn't tie it. Shots after 20 minutes were 7-3 Panthers.
The Jets started off on the right foot out of the gates in the second with Blake Wheeler picking up his fourth goal of the season and 200th NHL career point, to tie the game at 2:28. Enstrom found him on the right side streaking across the line, he blasted a hard slap shot from the top of the circle that beat Clemmensen stick side. 1-1.
Tomas Fleischmann answers right back for the Panthers 1:24 seconds later as he marched in and released a hard wrist shot that flew into the back of the net after Pavelec was screened down low. 2-1 Cats.
The Jets tied things up later in the period after Mark Stuart sent a rifle of a wrist shot on net from the top of the circle. With Ladd and Burmistrov in front acting as a screen and looking for the tip, the puck was able to sail clear past Clemmensen. The goal marks Stuart's first of the season and Redmond's assist on the play was his first point. 2-2, with 7:39 left in the middle frame.
The Jets got a late power play chance and put together a few good chances but couldn't break the tie and head to the dressing room leading 17-12 in shots and all tied up.
Jim Slater took a hooking penalty at 9:08 of the final period putting the Panthers on the power play for just the second time of the game. The Panthers were able to get a few chances on the advantage but the Jets PK unit shut them down and kept the game tied.
Both sides went end-to-end action for the next four minutes until Stephen Weiss was called for tripping at 14:59 putting the Jets on another power play with a chance to go up for the first time in the game. The Jets couldn't manage to put the game away on that opportunity and it would take extra time to hand out the extra point.
With time ticking down, it was looking like the game was going to need a shootout...but not so fast. With 16 seconds left on the clock, Bryan Little tallied the game-winner with a beauty of a shot. Zach Redmond made a nice, patient play to connect with Little charging the net, he made no mistake blasting a perfect shot past Scott Clemmensen for the win.