The Winnipeg Jets have looked pretty good the last two games and winning against divisional teams is an added bonus. With their 2-1 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche coupled with their win over the Minnesota Wild those are points those teams can’t get back against Winnipeg.
But I have to say if it wasn’t for bad luck Zach Bogosian wouldn’t have any luck at all. I have seen 1 maybe 2 bad breaks a year on players but Bogosian is at 3 and hopefully those bad bounces are over.
His first bad break although not a bad bounce was Bogosian changing his mind on his attempted pass straight up the middle of the ice against the Anaheim Ducks. Bogosian was safely behind his own goal when he recognized a quick out, but saw Cory Perry circling in front and changed his mind half way through the pass. 99% of the time you’re able to corral the puck and make a different pass out, but when luck isn’t on your side, the puck slipped off his stick and went right on the stick of Perry who made no mistake all alone in the slot, which broke a 2-2 tie and turned out to be the winning goal against the Jets.
His second bad break was against the Nashville Predators when Patric Hornqvist picked up the puck off the boards and threw it front of the Jets’ goal and it bounced off Bogosian’s toe and right into the Jets’ goal and again it turned out to be the winning goal for Nashville in a 3-1 win.
It’s been a while since Bogosian’s 3rd bad break of the year mostly because Bogosian was hurt, as he’s only played 25 games this year.
Fast forward to last night’s game against the Avalanche and we get to see the most bizarre goal yet off of the unlucky defenceman. In a tight 0-0 tie with 8 minutes to go, the Jets’ Andrew Ladd scores to give the Jets a 1-0 lead.
29 seconds later Nathan McKinnon picks up the puck at center and takes a wrist shot just inside the Jets’ blueline and it deflects off the Jets’ defenceman straight across and off of guess who, Zach Bogosian and over Al Montoya’s shoulder and into the net and the Avalanche ties the game up.
Luckily for Bogosian, the Jets didn’t bow their heads; they played great hockey the rest of the way and scored with 1.3 seconds left in overtime with a nice pass from Mark Scheifele to Blake Wheeler for the winner. Hopefully this is the last of the crazy bounces for Bogosian this year, because he’s been playing great when he has been in the lineup, just a little unlucky.