WINNIPEG, Canada – The Jets welcomed a familiar foe into town the Washington Capitals and the great eight, Alex Ovechkin who helped his team to a 5-4 shootout win.
Braden Holtby was fantastic between the pipes for the Capitals as he made 43 saves in the win.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28 in the loss and his shootout woes continue as he couldn’t shut the door when needed.
The Jets were looking to come out and play a strong game and right off the opening draw Evander Kane challenged Troy Brouwer who declined the invite.
The Jets had numerous scoring opportunities early but couldn’t find the handle as Anthony Peluso and Andrew Ladd had great chances.
Off season pick up Mikhail Grabovski got his 4th of the season after some sloppy Jets play to get the visitors on the board.
Bryan Little got his 4th, a shorthanded goal, from Ladd that seemed to turn things around.
Grant Clitsome ripped a rocket for his 1st to give the Jets the lead.
Ovechkin then took over as he loves to play in front of the rowdy MTS Centre crowd who boo every time he touches the puck, he got his 8th and 9th goals of the year.
Blake Wheeler got his 2nd on a beauty redirect on a pass from Kane to tie things at 3-3 after forty minutes.
Brouwer got his 3rd on the power play to give Washington a 4-3 lead.
Little who was the game’s first star got his 5th and second of the night to tie things up and send this to overtime.
It was only fitting that this game would go into a shoot out and would need six shooters per side to decide.
The Jets got goals from Ladd, Olli Jokinen, and Devin Setoguchi.
The Caps got goals from Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Laich, Brouwer ,and Martin Erat to win this wild pond hockey game.
The Jets will head out on a four-game road trip against Central Division teams and look to build on a strong performance.
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