SAN JOSE, Calif – The Winnipeg Jets could have mailed this game in as they have seen their playoff chances go from slim to none as they fall further behind in the race and playing one of the top teams in the West on the road was a tough task but they played a solid game and came out with a 4-3 victory over the Sharks.
Al Montoya was sharp making 27 saves in the victory for his 13th win of the season.
The Jets went 2-5 on the power play and scored the winner with the man advantage, the power play units have been working better the past few games generating a lot of good chances and getting good looks and tonight they came through.
A delay of game call was costly for the Sharks.
“It’s a very easy call,” the Sharks Logan Couture said. “The puck goes out of play, it didn’t hit the glass. I tried to backhand it down, and it kind of flipped up on me at the last second. Just unlucky. I’m not a big fan of that rule, never have been, but it’s there and it cost us tonight.”
The Jets got goals from Andrew Ladd who was back in the lineup after missing the first game of this trip due to his wife giving birth to his new daughter , he got his 22nd goal , Blake Wheeler notched his 25th , and Dustin Byfuglien got his 20th.
Toby Enstrom fired home the winner his 9th of the season on the power play.
“You check, but we’re not thinking about it before the game,” Ladd said of the playoff race. “We just wanted to come in here and have a good effort and give ourselves a chance to win, and I thought we did that.”
Sharks goal scorers were Dan Boyle his 9th , Brent Burns his 21st, Logan Couture his 20th.
The Jets got big contributions from Wheeler as he had a goal and two helpers , Bryan Little chipped in with a pair of assists . Michael Frolik also had two assists , they also got a big game from fourth liner Anthony Peluso who didn’t see much ice time but made his presence felt with some big hits.
“He just keeps getting stronger and more powerful — power play, penalty kill, 5-on-5, finishing checks, he’s just been fantastic for us,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said of Wheeler
The Jets battled hard all game and showed no signs of quitting as they have fallen so far out of the playoff race , they will hope to continue to play well as they have a tough three games coming up on this trip.
“You want to be consistent no matter who you play, but yeah, we’ve let some teams that are not as good in the standings beat us and take points away, for whatever reason I’m not sure,” San Jose’s Joe Thornton said after the loss. “We’ve got a game Saturday (against the Colorado Avalanche) that’s important and just get our mindset back to we’ve got to win every game here on out and we’ll be OK.”http://
They may welcome back a familiar face in the next game as goalie Ondrej Pavelec is ready to get back in the lineup after a couple weeks on the injured list.
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