The Winnipeg Jets dropped a very entertaining game in Beantown this evening, succumbing to a Dougie Hamilton slapper in overtime that resulted in the 2-1 OT loss to the Bruins. Still, it capped off a very impressive three-game road-trip that saw the good guys track down 5 out of a possible six points.
The point may have been costly however, as Bryan Little took a shot off the knee and didn't return and Mathieu Perreault looked to hurt himself on the final play of the game. It's a good thing the boys have the next five days off to recover. They'll likely need them.
- A long-term injury to Bryan Little would be DISASTROUS. I mean, Jim Slater was promoted to the top-line. JIM SLATER! Ugh. Would it be a stretch to say that the season hangs in the balance as we await word on how Little's knee is?
- Mark Scheifele does not appear ready for prime-time as the number-one centre though. Disagree with me if you like, but his coach appears to agree. He was also the guilty party in Milan Lucic's tying goal, and many are beginning to note thats he's looking tired, beat-up or both. He did earn an assist on Buff's opener though.
- Michael Hutchinson was unbelievable. Again. I'm just gonna say this and leave it here... Goalie Controversy.
- Dustin Byfuglien scored his first PP goal of the season. From the point, but I digress. Good for the big guy to bump that slump.
- Evander Kane is going to take some heat from his haters tonight after going 0-3 on breakaways, but man can the dude ever fly. To be fair though, he was going up against Tuukka Rask. He's pretty good.
- Dougie Hamilton has really stepped up in the absence of Zdeno Chara. A helper on the tying goal and the GWG in overtime. He's gonna fill in just fine when Big-Z finally hangs them up, I figure.
- Did I mention that Hutchinson was amazing? Again? Sorry Ondrej, but your days as unquestioned starter are over. Or at least should be.
- It's a good thing the Jets have five days off now, as they're going to need all of them. First of all, to heal. But secondly, to rest their best players as they once again two members of their fourth-line not hit the five-minute mark. They might be the best (or only) three-line team in the league...
- Seriously. Chris Thorburn played 4:08 and Anthony Peluso played 3:06. How far has TJ Galiardi fallen in the eyes of this coaching staff for them to believe that he can't play above these two? Or Eric O'Dell? Carl Klingberg? Oy. I still don't get it.
- With Adam Lowry set to return from his one-game banishment, that means at least one centre will return. But it'll be interesting to see what happens if Little and/or Perreault are unable to go. They'll have to go to the farm, no? If so, who do we want coming up? #freeodell