WINNIPEG, Manitoba – It was a special night in Winnipeg as iconic CBC Hockey Night In Canada was doing a Friday night edition, celebrating 60 years of HNIC .
Hockey icon and legend Don Cherry was in town for this special night. That wasn’t enough as the Jets dropped their 2nd straight home game, 3-1 to the powerful Pittsburgh Penguins.
This game was a goaltending battle between Marc Andre Fleury and Ondrej Pavelec, each had to stand tall between the pipes with both making 25 saves each.
The loud and energetic MTS Center crowd was treated to a tussle just three minutes into the opening period as heavy weights Chris Thorburn of the Jets and Deryk Engelland of Pittsburgh decided to drop the mitts and entertain the crowd with a dance!
Both were given a five-minute break for the affair.
Pittsburgh seemed to be energized by altercation as they got on the score-sheet with a Craig Adams tap in. After 20 it was 1-0 Pens.
In the 2nd frame, with the crowd chanting “Mario’s Pool Boy” at superstar Penguin Sidney Crosby, both teams went back and forth with the action with nothing to show.
Winnipeg’s James Wright and Pittsburgh’s Craig Adams decided to try and spark their teams and dropped the mitts for another five-minute visit to the Sin Bin.
This seemed to help the Jets as they fired numerous shots at the Penguins goal but Fleury was there to shut the door. After 40 minutes score remained 1-0 for the Penguins.
In the 3rd, the Jets ran into some penalty trouble and on a 5-on-3 advantage, the dangerous Penguins tandem of Crosby and Evgeny Malkin set up sniper James Neal who found the back of the net to put Pitt up by 2.
With time running out and the crowd trying desperately to help the Jets with “GO JETS GO” thundering throughout the building, captain Andrew Ladd broke the goose egg to get Winnipeg back within one .
It was too little too late as Craig Adams picked off Evander Kane and fired the puck into the empty net to make it 3-1 Pittsburgh and hand the Jets there 2nd loss in a row at home .
1st – Marc Andre Fleury Pittsburgh
2nd- Ondrej Pavelec Winnipeg
3rd – Craig Adams Pittsburgh
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