WINNIPEG- The Winnipeg Jets were back on home ice after their longest road trip of the season facing one of the top teams in the West in the St. Louis Blues who broke the Jets’ and their fans’ hearts with a 2-1 victory.
The Blues were fortunate on both goals they scored. The first, by Winnipeg-native Alex Steen scored, his 21st of the season, came from the corner on the goal line as he caught Ondrej Pavelec cheating off the post thinking pass.
The winning goal by Kevin Shattenkirk, his 3rd on the power play, was a bad bounce as Jets forward Bryan Little went down to block the shot and the puck hit him and went straight up and over Pavelec into the net with under four minutes left .
The game wasn’t the most exciting as these two Western Conference teams played a tight-checking, heavy game with not a lot of razzle dazzle.
Shots on goal favored Winnipeg 21 -20.
The game was a hard hitting affair as the Jets threw 39 body checks and the Blues had 27 so there will be a few ice baths after this one.
Little scored his 13th goal of the season on the power play early in the third period.
The Jets power play looked good as they moved the puck around and had a few good scoring chances so hopefully this a sign of things to come.
Dustin Byfuglien led the Jets with just under twenty nine minutes of ice time.
Rookie Jacub Trouba played another strong game as he had almost twenty minutes of ice and threw numerous big hits and also had three shots on goal.
The Jets will hope to bounce back against the Avalanche on Thursday night and hope to gain some ground as they are in for some tough sledding if they want make a run at a playoff spot.
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