The Winnipeg Jets came out hard in the first period and had some great chances early. It looks like they haven’t missed a beat since the Olympic break.
The Jets tied it up on a goal by Blake Wheeler his 23rd of the season from Dustin Byfuglien at 14:55.
Shots after the first were 11-9 for Phoenix. Zach Bogosian and Klinkhammer dropped the gloves after a hit from behind by Klinkhammer on Tobias Enstrom.
Shots were 10-7 Jets after two for a 2 period total of 19-18 Winnipeg. The Jets got the lead 2-1 late in the second period on a powerplay goal from a terrible giveaway in the slot to Bryan Little and he made no mistake to give the Jets the lead at 18:01 of the second.
The third period was looking pretty good until the officials took matters into his own hands. After blowing a missed call on a trip on Byfuglien at center ice, a few moments later Jim Slater one handed waves at a Phoenix player at center ice and gets called for hooking. On the ensuing powerplay Phoenix’s Martin Hanzal scored on assists by David Schlemko and Mike Ribeiro at 6:40 of the third. The shots were 36-29 Phoenix including 5-1 in overtime.
The teams went to overtime and Ondrej Pavelec made some amazing saves which lead to the shootout.
In the shootout Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd were stopped by Mike Smith. Mikkel Boedker and Radim Vrbata were stopped by Pavelec. Devin Setoguchi and Antoine Vermette traded goals and then Olli Jokinen scored on Smith and put the pressure on Mike Ribeiro and the pressure was too much as Pavelec poke checked Ribeiro for the win and a big 2 points.
Next up for the Jets is a road game in Nashville against the Predators on Saturday March 1st.
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