The game started off great as the Jets tallied the first two goals of the game but as the game unravelled, the Jets just couldn't keep up with the offensive weapons that come with the Pittsburgh Penguins as the Pens prevailed to a 8-5 victory Saturday afternoon.
Evgeni Malkin net a goal and four assists to help his squad while Kris Letang net two of his own and Jordan Staal found the net once in his first game back after being out for 15 games.
The Jets will return home to take on the NY Islanders on Tuesday, February 14th. Game time is 7:30pm on TSN Jets.
The Jets were off to a great start in the first period with Kyle Wellwood opening the scoring after missing the last two games with the flu. It was Tobias Enstrom with a perfect feed from the corner that Wellwood defected into the back of the net to make it 1-0 just 5:17 into the game. Dustin Byfuglien picked up the second helper on Wellwood's 11th of the season.
Alexander Burmistrov made it 2-0 just under three minutes later. He fired a nice pass through traffic that was deflected in front by what looked like Antti Miettinen but as it turned out, it must have been a Penguins player, so Burmistrov got credit for his 10th of the season. Just like that, the Jets lead 2-0 early in the game.
The Penguins weren't going to go away that quickly, as Dustin Jeffrey fired a hard left-handed shot from the right circle that flew over Pavelec's shoulder. Jordan Stall, who returned to the Penguins lineup after missing the last 15 games with a knee injury made a nice play along the boards to Jaffrey to help get his team on the board. 2-1 Jets.
At 16:42, James Neal tied the game at two after winning a clean face-off in the left circle and ripping a hard wrist shot past Pavelec.
The Jets were handed their first power play of the afternoon with two minutes left on the clock but weren't able to covert a late period goal. After twenty minutes, the Jets and Pens were tied at two and the Pens led 14-10 in shots.
The Penguins were given their first power play of the day just 2:01 into the second period with Chris Thorburn in the box for roughing.
Chris Kunitz was able to take advantage of the extra man as he fired one over the shoulder of Pavelec at 3:12 to put the Pens up 3-2. Evgeni Malkin found a nice seam up-ice to Kunitz, who wired a nice wrister into the back of the net.
Kris Letang widened the gap to 4-2 at 9:53 of the period. Letang jumped the rush up ice on a tired Jets line and positioned himself at the right post. Malkin read the play and sent him a perfect thread to the back door handing him the fourth goal of the game.
Tim Stapleton later pulled the Jets back within one on a nice redirect from Blake Wheeler. Wheeler was racing across the blueline with the puck and was able to beat his defender but caught an edge and fell behind the net. From the ice, he fed Stapleton at the post to finish the play. 4-3 Pens.
Unfortunately, the momentum didn't last long for the Jets as Malkin picked up his first goal of the day and his fourth point. Kunitz found a nice seam up to Malkin breaking through centre ice. He deaked front-hand -back-hand and put one past Pavelec to regain the two-goal lead for the Penguins.
After 40 minutes, the Jets trailed 5-3 nd 29-14 in shots on net.
Dustin Byfuglien got the Jets back within one again at 4:35 thanks to a beautiful cross-ice feed from Wheeler to beat Fleury. The Jets were back within one again.
Again, the momentum is stolen from the Jets as the Penguins answered back just 19 seconds later. Richard Park net a perfect deflection on a slap shot from the point. The goal marked Park's 100th career NHL goal to put the Pens up 6-3.
Jordan Staal adds to the Penguins tally at 7:48 as he barged through the neutral zone and through the Jets defenders to wire one past Pavelec. Pens led 7-4.
Jets were not going away as Bryan Little net his 14th of the season at the ten-minute mark of the final period. Thanks to Andrew Ladd's nice screen in front of Fluery, Little wired a slap shot into the back of the net. 7-5 Pens.
With just over three minutes to play in regulation, Ladd took a hooking minor giving the Penguins a late advantage. Letang was able to convert his second of the night to give the Pens a solid 8-5 lead.
That's how the game would finish with the Penguins on top 8-5. The shots on net were 39-25 Penuins.