The Winnipeg Jets came out in the first period and weathered the early storm thrown at them by the Colorado Avalanche, although they took 4 penalties in the first period they had the better chances and many of those chances were short handed. Jim Slater got hauled down on a breakaway and he was rewarded with a penalty shot but was stopped by Semyon Varlamov.
The Jets answered back at 15:48 on Dustin Byfuglien‘s first of 2 goals in the second period. Byfuglien’s first of the period was on the power play from Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler and his second was at 17:36 from Michael Frolik and Bryan Little on a shot he bounced off Varlamov’s pads from behind the net.
The lines were changed up this game with Jim Slater between Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler and they had a lot of pressure most of the game. Andrew Ladd played with Bryan Little and Michael Frolik, Olli Jokinen played between Evander Kane and Devin Setoguchi and John Albert who was injured in the game and didn’t return played between Eric Tangradi and Anthony Peluso. That fourth line didn’t play much after Albert went down with the injury.
The Jets had good control of the second period until a faceoff with 15.4 seconds left in the period in the Jets’ end. The Avs won the faceoff back to the point and Devin Setoguchi was interfered with off the faceoff and he couldn’t get to the point to block the shot and the Avs’ Andre Benoit scored from John Mitchell with 11 seconds to go to tie it up heading to the third. The Jets out shot the Avs 15-12 for a two period total of 24-23.
In the third period the Jets received another 2 trips to the penalty box for a total of 6 penalties against and only 2 powerplays. This is a huge factor when you play more than half a period short handed in a one goal game. Even though the Avs failed to score it takes the wind out of your sails when you have to kill so many penalties but the good news is the Jets have killed off 30 straight powerplays on the road.
The third was an evenly played period for the most part with both teams getting some great chances to score.
Al Montoya was steady the whole game for the Jets. The shots were 34-32 for the Jets after regulation time.
The last 5 minutes of the third the Jets played like a team in desperation for the 2 points. They were working hard and doing everything they could to tie it up. Byfuglien hit the post on a 2 on 1 with Blake Wheeler with 15 seconds to go in the game.
In overtime the Jets came out flying putting all sorts of pressure early. Olli Jokinen and Frolik had a 2 on 1 in overtime shortly after a 2 on 1 with Wheeler and Byfuglien but could not find the net.
And as always happens, when one team has all sorts of pressure an innocent looking play has Matt Duchene come out of the Jets’ corner ahead of Byfuglien who took him out enough for Duchene to lose control of the puck and he tried to push the puck to the front of the net and Toby Enstrom tried to push it back in the corner and it bounced off Duchene and landed right on his stick and he put it in the empty net for the Avs 3-2 win in overtime from Tyson Barrie and Nick Holden. In overtime the Avs out shot the Jets 2-1 but the Jets had most of the territorial play but couldn’t get the winner. The Jets out shot the Avs 35-34 over all.
On a separate note Rich Peverley of the Dallas Stars collapsed on the bench in the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and the game was postponed to a later date. Peverly was taken to hospital and is apparently okay.
The Jets next game is Wednesday at home against the Vancouver Canucks at 6:30 pm.
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