LOS ANGELES, Calif – Coming off one of their most impressive wins of the season the Jets decided to take forty minutes off and it cost them as they were beaten 4-2 by the LA Kings.
Ondrej Pavelec making his first start in six games after being out with a lower body injury gave up three goals on 16 shots in the first period before being pulled for Al Montoya who made 12 saves on 13 shots in the second and third periods.
“I understand how it looked in the first period,” Jets coach Maurice said. “I’m not putting that one on the goaltenders’ feet. I’m not saying they weren’t responsible for the pucks. They were as good as we were the rest of the hockey [game]. We’re not sitting there saying ‘We need some saves to get us going.’ Shame on us. It’s a 20-man group out there. Can our goalies be better in tonight’s game? Yes. But no more so. That wasn’t a goalie’s issue that period.”
LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 24 saves off 26 shots to get the win.
The Kings got their goals from Trevor Lewis his 6th of the season , Anze Kopitar potted a pair, his 23rd and 24th ,Tyler Toffoli added his 12th goal of the season.
“This time of the year, you want to work on your game,” Kopitar said. “You want to sharpen the game up as much as you can and get ready for the playoffs. The story to the games leading up to the playoffs has been important to all the teams … somebody’s trying to get ready, somebody’s trying to just fight for the playoff position. It’s a good intensity out there. It’s a pretty good indication what playoff hockey is going to be all about. We certainly have to get ready ourselves.”
Winnipeg got goals from Matt Halischuk his 4th , Blake Wheeler notched his 26th goal on the season.
“You spot them three, that’s tough,” Wheeler said. “That’s what they do. They’re made to win low-scoring games, 1-0 games. You get behind, you’re putting yourself at a really big disadvantage.”
The Jets were run through the paces in a practice yesterday before game day and there were some grumblings throughout the media that players were not happy about it and it seemed to carry into the first period as the Jets were flat and picked the wrong team to not show up for as the Kings are one of the best teams in the West and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and never looked back.
Winnipeg mounted a bit of a comeback in the third as they controlled the play and dominated the boards and used the size and speed but came up short in the end.
LA out hit the Jets 40-28 and played a strong defensive game that didn’t allow much until the third period , the Kings come at you with four solid lines who don’t sway much from a very discipline forecheck and d-zone system.http://
The Jets will look to regroup and get ready to play the Ducks who are chasing the President’s Trophy as the league’s top team.
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