The fourth and final game of the the second longest road trip of the season for the Jets did not go as swimmingly as their wins against the Floridian teams.
This was not the fast start Jets fans have gotten used to in recent games, as instead of scoring first, the Jets struggled to get anything going offensively, hanging Ondrej Pavelec out to dry and he eventually gave in, as New Jersey quickly put two passed the Jets netminder. First it was Ryan Carter 8:47 into the game solving Pavelec with his third, and then a minute twenty five later it was Stephen Gionta getting his third to quickly make it 2-0. The Jets would get one back before the period was out as they learned that if you throw the puck to the net good things can happen, as my boy Mark Stuart netted his second on an ugly goal that cut the lead to one after 1, in an awful period by Winnipeg that they were lucky to escape with only a one goal deficit.
The second period went much better for Winnipeg. They had a couple of 2 on 1 chances, and after a misplay on the first, Evander Kane made no mistake on the second opportunity and wired one over the glove of Johan Hedberg to tie things up with 2:41 to go in the period, and the teams went into the third period all knotted up.
Despite numerous chances, and numerous non-calls that went for both teams, a very exciting third period failed to see a winner, so both teams picked up a point and headed to OT.
The extra frame solved nothing, so it was off to shoot out, a strength for Hedberg and a weakness for Pavelec.
Kovalchuk was stopped by a pad save, which was matched by a sprawling Hedberg on Blake Wheeler's attempt. David Clarkson was denied by a nice kick save, and Evander Kane shot straight into the glove of Moose Hedberg. Patrik Elias sneaked one through the five hole of Pavelec, and Andrew Ladd was unable to replicate that as the five hole slammed shut and Hedberg and the Devils hung on for the 3-2 win.