Jets gain point in loss to Islanders Three games left on schedule

WINNIPEG-The Jets saw their five-game winning streak come to an end in a 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Islanders but they did gain 11 of a possible 12 points on this six-game home stand.

Winnipeg was looking to close the gap on the Islanders who are now four points up on the ninth place Jets.

It was a playoff type atmosphere in the MTS Centre as the crowd was loud and standing pretty much the whole game.WPG Jets logo

Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves plus 2 more in the shootout for the win.

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves in the loss.

The Jets were down to eleven forwards early as Olli Jokinen left the game with a lower body injury after one shift.

Frans Nielsen opened the scoring for the visitors getting his 6th of the year beating Pavelec five-hole. Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey with the helpers.

Zach Bogosian tied things with a laser beam that beat Nabokov from Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd. It was Bogosian’s 5th of the season.

Josh Bailey got his 10th from Okposo and Nielsen to give New York a 2-1 lead after one.

In the second, Matt Martin got his 4th to put the Islanders ahead 3-1.

Kyle Wellwood got the Jets to within one with his 5th from Evander Kane and James Wright.

Wellwood continued his strong play with his 2nd of the night and 6th of the year after getting a slick pass from Grant Clitsome to tie things at 3-3.

Things got testy near the end of the period when Bogosian took exception to a head check by Okposo and the two dropped the mitts but the linesman jumped in before they could start the dance!

At the buzzer Wellwood thought he got his 3rd of the game but after review it was determined the clock had ticked down before the goal.3-3 after forty.

Michael Grabner gave the Isles a 4-3 lead with his 16th goal of the season.

With two minutes left and on the powerplay, the Jets decided to pull Pavelec and make it a two man advantage and Bryan Little got his 7th from Clitsome and Ladd to send this one to extra time.

After a back-and-forth overtime this game needed a shootout Brad Boyes and John Tavares both beat Pavelec to give the Islanders an important two points for a 5-4 win.

With three games left for the Jets they find themselves one point back of the Rangers for eighth and three back of Washington for first in the Southeast division.

The Jets head out on the road to play Buffalo and then Washington before closing out at home to Montreal on Thursday night.

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