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Recap: Bad start leads to loss

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Vancouver Canucks v Winnipeg Jets Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images

The Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks went head to head and the Jets struggled in the first period, paying for it for the rest of the game. Their first period struggles combined with Thatcher Demko being very good meant another loss in the end. This has been a death march to end the season and it is hard to watch.

The first goal again came off of a risk taken by Ville Heinola. This is a tolerable mistake only because Heinola does not do this regularly and he was trying to create something. That said, he should not do it again (he lost the puck at the line). Nils Hoglander jumped on it and took off down the ice, scoring the opening goal. Bo Horvat added a second goal for the Canucks before the first period was over.

Kyle Connor score the Jets lone goal and I think he needed it more than the Jets did. Connor has struggled to score lately and him scoring prior to the playoffs starting is huge for all parties involved. We can only hope it impacts his play in a positive way down the line. He did seem to be more engaged and on the hunt for goals this game, so maybe his confidence is back following that goals,

The Canucks ended the game on another Hoglander goal. He’s a good player with lots of speed and jump. He will give teams fits for a while and combined with the fact that he has a decent set of hands on him, he should be a decent middle of the lineup player for the next few years for the Canucks or a different team going forward.

Laurent Brossoit played last night as Connor Hellebuyck is supposed to play tonight. He was fine, but Demko was better. Honestly, the entire Jets team looked anywhere from fine to good, but they had a rough start and that killed them.