The Winnipeg Jets haven’t looked like a tired team as of late, but on Thursday night, their tough road trip caught up to them, as they were defeated by the Washington Capitals 4-2.
The Caps opened the scoring when Troy Brouwer potted his 12th goal of the season just five minutes into the game. The Jets would push back, however, and after some extended time in the offensive zone, Bryan Little scored his 18th of the season to tie the game at one. The Jets would head to their only power-play of the game shortly after, but they could not connect on it. The first period would end with the score tied 1-1, and the Jets holding the lead in shots, 14-10.
The second would start with killer Jets pressure, and it wasn’t long before Dustin Byfuglien gave the Jets the 2-1 lead, 5: 41 into the frame. Byfuglien’s goal was his fourth point in nine games, and was credited to a great passing play by line-mates Devin Setoguchi and Olli Jokinen. Byfuglien would find the score-sheet once again, this time with a tripping penalty, that the Jets successfully killed. The second period ended in a whirlwind of action, as there was 9 minutes of consecutive action between 10:25 and 1:25. Blake Wheeler took a questionable slashing call at the end of the frame, but the Jets would hold the lead entering the intermission. Shots in the second period were 16-7 Winnipeg.
The third period would belong to the Capitals just as much as the second belonged to the visiting team. Tom Wilson and Alex Ovechkin scored four minutes apart, re-taking the lead, and after two more Jets penalties, Brouwer bookmarked the game with his second of the game, as the Caps sealed the game up from there, winning 4-2.
The win was the Capitals’ sixth straight win against Winnipeg, and the Jets will have to wait until next season to earn their first victory against Washington since January 22nd, 2013.
Mark Stuart was on pace for 20 hits mid-way through the contest, and finished the game with 12 of the Jets’ 49 hits, and a -2 rating.
Bryan Little had this to say on the game:
“We just kind of stopped moving our feet, and that’s all they really needed from there… We were making that one extra pass, and should have been keeping it simple like we were earlier in the game.”
Little finished with a goal, 5 shots, and 21:25 of TOI, the highest total by a Jets forward.
Winnipeg travels to St. Louis on Thursday night, and will skate the following afternoon in preparation for their Saturday afternoon game against the Blues. You can catch that game on TSN Jets and TSN 1290 Radio at 1:00 CT.
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