WINNIPEG, Manitoba – It’s gut check time in the Winnipeg Jets locker room as they played another lifeless loss in a 6-1 drubbing by the Capitals.
Braden Holtby was outstanding once again as he made 30 save for his third win over the Jets this season.
Brooks Laich got his first of the season converting a Mike Ribeiro pass behind Ondrej Pavelec to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The Jets continued to play sloppy and turn the puck over time and time again.
Troy Brouwer ripped home goal number twelve on the season converting yet another Ribeiro dish.
After one period the Capitals led 2-0.Jets outshooting them 10-7.
Washington’s fourth line contributed to the score as Jay Beagle got his second of the year to make it 3-0.
This was enough for Coach Claude Noel to give Pavelec the rest of the night off as he put Al Montoya between the pipes to finish in relief.
Montoya got a rude welcome when Alex Ovechkin ripped one top shelf for his fourteenth.
After forty minutes the visitors were up by four. Jets still led in shots 22-16.
Mike Green added more insurance as he sent a slapper through a crowd to make it 5-0.
The Jets finally got on the board when Dustin Byfuglien did some nifty work and beat Holtby to give what was left of the crowd something to cheer about.
It took nine and a half periods and 89 shots to finally beat Holtby for a goal.
Ovechkin added more salt to the wound as he got his second of the game and fifteenth of the season to make it 6-1.
The Jets finished 0 for 5 on the power play but did manage to generate 31 shots on goal.
With back-to-back losses against Washington there suddenly is a race in the Southeast division.
The Jets still hold down first in the Southeast and third in the Eastern Conference.
They will host Tampa Bay on Sunday in an important divisional battle.
1st- Braden Holtby Washington
2nd- Alex Ovechkin Washington
3rd- Mike Ribeiro Washington
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