Martin St. Louis made his first visit to Winnipeg in Ranger colours. Although St. Louis himself did not make much noise in the first period, it was a high pace right from the get go.
The Rangers scored first with a deflection from Carl Hagelin, the assists went to Klein and Richards. Quickly the Jets tallied to tie the game with Byfuglien scoring his third goal in 2 games. Wheeler and Enstrom notched the assists. Within a span of 53 seconds, Ladd had picked the top left corner on a partial break to put the Jets up 2-1 with Frolik and Little picking up assists as well.
With about 8 minutes left in the first, Chris Kreider scored a goal somewhat similar to that of Andrew Ladd’s. He walked in on a partial break and took a shot short side, beating Ondrej Pavelec on a shot he really should have had. Those are the saves at this point in the season we need our goalie to be making.
The first period ended with the score tied 2-2 and the Jets pressing the Rangers to no avail – with the Rangers scoring 2 goals on 5 shots. Al Montoya started the second period. It was reported by Sara Orlesky as a lower body injury to Pavelec, who did not return.
Thorburn left the game in the second period after blocking a shot and also did not return. Shortly after Enstrom took a huge hit from Dan Girardi but quickly made his way back to the Jets bench.
Martin St. Louis was held off the score sheet until 5 minutes left in the second period, when he made a beautiful pass from behind the net out front to Carl Hagelin for his second of the game. Klein also tallied his second assist. The second period wrapped up with the Rangers up 3-2 on the Jets.
The third period was much of the same. The Jets played a good game, much of the night on par with the Rangers. Hagelin notched his third of the game for the first NHL hat-trick on MTS Center ice with Richards adding the assist, putting the Rangers up 4-2. The Jets did their best to regain composure, even pressing on a couple of powerplays. Unfortunately for the Jets – King Henriq stood his ground and the Rangers held on. Extending the Winnipeg Jets winless streak to 6 games.
This is a major blow to the Jets playoff hopes, as if they hadn’t already experienced any. The Jets will play Dallas on Sunday and if they lose they can all but kiss any chance of a playoff berth good bye. More to come on the Jets injury updates in coming days.