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Final: Jets 3, Panthers 6

Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 9:19 PM

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Final: Jets 3, Panthers 6
Winnipeg Jets 3, Florida Panthers 6
Three Stars of the Game
Alex Kovalev
1st
Alex Kovalev
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:55
Tomas Fleischmann
2nd
Tomas Fleischmann
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 20:24
Peter Mueller
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 13:25

It was a slow start by both teams, sitting at 1-1 through 40 minutes, but after seven goals in the third period the pace definitely picked up. Unfortunately for the Jets, it was their division rival Panthers who ended up on the winning side of the tilt as they downed the Jets in Sunrise 6-3, Thursday night.

Grant Clitsome and Tobias Enstrom both picked up their first goals of the season tonight for the Jets, while Olli Jokinen tallied his second. It was the three power play goals that Florida was able to put on the board that proved to be the difference.

"Not taking so many penalties would be a good start," said Blake Wheeler post-game. "We were so disciplined the first couple of games. It doesn't matter how good your penalty kill is or your goaltender you keep relying on that over and over again and the other team has their best players on the ice and they're going to create the good scoring chances."

Shots through 60 minutes were 34-25 in favour of the Panthers.

The Jets will board their plane for a quick flight over to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning in another division match-up tomorrow night. Game time is 6:30 pm on TSN Jets.

"We have another game in 24 hours against one of the top teams in the East and in our division right now, so if we can't get up for tomorrow, we have bigger issues."- Wheeler.

FIRST PERIOD

The Jets were given the first power play of the night as Shawn Mattias went off for hooking just over the nine-minute mark of the first period. The Panthers then took another penalty putting the Jets on a 5-on-3 for 45 seconds. Jets were able to get a few shots off but couldn't find a way to get that opening goal. Instead, Andrew Ladd went to the box for hooking, putting the Panthers on the advantage. The Jets penalty kill unit stepped up to the challenge and kept the game scoreless.

Ondrej Pavelec looked sharp through the first period of play turning aside 16 shots. Redmond played 8:05 in seven shifts in the first period of his NHL debut, second in ice-time behind Enstrom.

SECOND PERIOD

1:22 into the middle frame, Redmond took his first penalty of his NHL career, a high-sticking major putting the Panthers on a four minute power play. Halfway through the kill, Mark Stuart was caught for delay of game as he batted the puck into the mesh, sending the Panthers on a lengthy 5-on-3. With only eight seconds remaining on that two-man advantage, Brian Campbell put his team on the board firing the puck on net that hit a Jet in front of Pavelec and bounced in.

Later in the period, with just under four minutes to play, Grant Clitsome tallied his first of the season and first as a Jet, to tie things 1-1. Ladd sent a long cross-ice pass over to Clitsome all alone on the left point, he wound up and blasted a hard slap shot that rang off the post and into the net.

"It was a great pass by Laddy," said Clitsome. "He sent it over to me and I was all alone, I had a lot of time to wind up, look at the net and get a shot through. I was trying to shoot there (top corner), and weather it went in or it was a rebound, I figured it would pop out in front.

"I thought we had some good spurts there but we got handed in our zone a little bit so we have to limit that. We have to make sure we clean up our zone a little bit and get some shots down in their end."

THIRD PERIOD

Just 1:23 into the third period, Jokinen gave the Jets their first lead of the night. Blake Wheeler dug the puck from behind the net and sent a nifty pass onto the stick of Jokinen in the slot, who put it past Theodore. 2-1 Jets.

2:12 after Jokinen's goal, Kris Versteeg answered back for the Panthers and tied the game 2-2. Fleischmann sent a nice pass over to Versteeg who was able to put the puck past Pavelec.

A few minutes later, Tobias Enstrom picked up his first of the season regaining the lead for the Jets. Wheeler started the play dancing across the line and around his defenders. He found Kane close by, who fired a long pass that bounced off the boards and right onto Enstrom's stick. He unleashed a hard slap shot that flew past Theodore into the net.

The Panthers answered right back as Peter Mueller poked away down low on the power play against a tired penalty killing unit to make it 3-3.

Moments later, Jokinen went to the box for tripping and the Panthers pounced on yet another extra man opportunity. This time it was Kovalev to add to the scoreboard giving the Panthers back the lead on the power play with 7:13 to play in regulation. 4-3 Panthers.

Just under three minutes later, things went from bad to worse for the Jets. It started with a costly Jets turnover in the neutral zone. Wheeler tried to lift the stick to break up the play but Huberdeau managed to bank the puck in off of a Jet in the crease to make it 5-3.

Tomas Kopecky added the empty-net goal with 1:28 to play in regulation, sealing the 6-3 victory for the Panthers over the Winnipeg Jets.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
05:14
FLA
PPG - Brian Campbell (3) Slapshot - ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (3), Kris Versteeg (1)
1 - 0 FLA
16:11
WPG
Grant Clitsome (1) Slapshot - ASST: Andrew Ladd (4), Paul Postma (2)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
01:23
WPG
Olli Jokinen (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Blake Wheeler (4)
2 - 1 WPG
03:34
FLA
Kris Versteeg (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (4), Dmitry Kulikov (1)
2 - 2 Tie
07:38
WPG
Tobias Enstrom (1) Slapshot - ASST: Evander Kane (5), Blake Wheeler (5)
3 - 2 WPG
11:20
FLA
PPG - Peter Mueller (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Marcel Goc (1), Filip Kuba (2)
3 - 3 Tie
12:37
FLA
PPG - Alex Kovalev (2) Snap shot - ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (5), Tomas Kopecky (2)
4 - 3 FLA
15:29
FLA
Jonathan Huberdeau (2) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
5 - 3 FLA
18:32
FLA
EN - Tomas Kopecky (2) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 3 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
08:27
FLA
Shawn Matthias  Hooking against  Ron Hainsey
09:42
FLA
Jerred Smithson  Tripping against  Blake Wheeler
11:14
WPG
Andrew Ladd  Hooking against  Scottie Upshall
2nd Period
01:22
WPG
Zach Redmond  Hi stick - double minor against  Jonathan Huberdeau
03:58
WPG
Mark Stuart  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
13:55
FLA
Peter Mueller  Hooking against  Nik Antropov
3rd Period
05:43
FLA
Scottie Upshall  Fighting (maj) against  James Wright
05:43
FLA
Scottie Upshall  Roughing against  James Wright
05:43
FLA
Scottie Upshall  Illegal Check To Head against  James Wright
05:43
WPG
James Wright  Misconduct (10 min)
05:43
WPG
James Wright  Fighting (maj) against  Scottie Upshall
05:43
WPG
James Wright  Instigator - face shield against  Scottie Upshall
05:43
WPG
James Wright  Instigator against  Scottie Upshall
09:35
WPG
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Tripping against  Keaton Ellerby
11:59
WPG
Olli Jokinen  Tripping against  Jerred Smithson
goalie stats
Ondrej Pavelec
SA: 33TOI: 59:27
Saves: 28EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 11
SV%: .848SH: 0 - 0
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
2-4-0
SA: 25TOI: 59:51
Saves: 22EV: 21 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0