The Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks entered the game with 88 points a piece. The Nucks left with 90. Despite taking a 2-0 lead early in the second period, the Jets came up short after allowing five consecutive goals against. Two came with the goalie pulled.
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Losing that game stings. The Jets received no help on the out of town scoreboard and they were up two to zip at one point. The playoff battle is tight, tight, tight.
Michael Hutchinson received a lot of heat tonight on Twitter. I was surprised since two of the goals banked off his D men and the third was scored on a breakaway. Have people forgotten the impact he had to start the year? Granted, Ondrej Pavelec has been on a heater, but the goalie debate is crazy. Everything is crazy. Goalies are crazy.
All in, the game was relatively even. A better bounce on the first or second goal and we'd be looking at overtime. It is hard to fault the Jets for their showing.
Jiri Tlusty scored his first as a Jet tonight. He opened the scoring off a feed from Eric O'Dell. People have been somewhat down on Jiri's lack of scoring, but he has amassed 5 points in 12 games. That's not to bad for a third liners.
Speaking of new additions, Drew Stafford is the gift that keeps on giving. He and Mark Scheifele were beastly on the forecheck on the lead up to the Blake Wheeler goal. It was a beautiful run of sustained pressure.
Where would the Jets be without the late season trades that Chevy made. Kevin Cheveldayoff was quiet on the trade front for three and three quarter seasons, but he saved up for a handful of big ones. The new guys have been huge and far more productive than the players they booted from the lineup.
That said, Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien and Mathieu Perreault... will you please come back?
The second wasn't the best for the Jets. Getting outscored 3-1 sucks.
Blake Wheeler looked horrible. Not his play, his play was fine, but I can't help but feel bad for him. An hour worth of stitches and clean up last night and two root canals this morning. Despite all that, he was still out there diving and throwing his body around. Bad props.
The broadcast was weird. I don't recall seeing a road team feed in any other game prior to this one. I wasn't a fan of the comentary or the camera angles that they deployed, but the telethon was pretty cool. It made me sad, but it was a great use of TV time in front of a captive audience.
Back to the commentary, a late game needs more juice from the commentary. Some of us are old and struggle to stay awake.
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