This was not a pretty game to watch. The Jets came out without any emotion and just did not have their feet under them and the Carolina Hurricanes feasted on them for it. When they did find finally find their groove, it was too late.
Midway through the first the Hurricanes scored on the power play after a penalty to Drew Stafford. Despite the Canes success on the power play in the first, the Jets did not have any of their own, going zero for three during the period. Not much else happened outside of Dustin Byfuglien getting shaken up.
The Second period started with the Jets on the power play for forty seconds with nothing materializing. But the second period looked much like the first as Mathieu Perreault was called for a penalty midway through the period and the Hurricanes were once again able to capitalize. Making it 2-0. The Jets almost saw themselves looking at a three goal deficit but Ondrej Pavelec made a few saves by the skin of his teeth in quick succession. If there was one thing we did get during the second period, it was more #StuNorth hero worship. Hnidy said that because the Hurricanes scored on two of the three power plays the Jets were clearly missing Stuart on the penalty kill. I'll pause my recap to allow you all to wipe the vomit from your mouths. Good? Okay, let's continue.
I don't know what Paul Maurice said to the team during the second intermission but the Jets finally showed up to play. Blake Wheeler was able to score off of a tip from Jacob Trouba to put them to within one. In the dying minute they pulled Ondrej Pavelec for the extra attacker and Nikolaj Ehlers almost scored on a golden opportunity. Sadly, (or fortunately, depending on who you ask) the Jets added another game to the losing column.
Some thoughts on Paul Postma
Even with Mark Stuart being out for the next four to six weeks with a broken hand, Paul Maurice still wound up choosing Adam Pardy instead of Paul Postma as the new defencemen to replace him in the lineup. I can't imagine how it must feel to be Paul Postma. Keep in mind he signed a two year deal last summer and would have been a UFA this summer if he elected for a one year deal instead. He was played only two, that's right, TWO games for the Jets this season. Unless they have been hiding some undisclosed injury that they didn't feel the need to bring to light I can't see how this is possible. What type of conversation did Chevy and his agent have that assured him that signing the two year deal was the smart choice? I hope for his sake the Jets figure out a way to move him at the deadline to end his suffering, although they will probably only end up with a conditional seventh for him.
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