OTTAWA, ONTARIO- The Winnipeg Jets were riding a three-game win streak and were looking to make it four in a row against the Ottawa Senators who were also on a win streak of two games, the Jets made a couple of mistakes and the Sens got some help from the posts and handed Winnipeg a 4-3 loss.
The Jets had been playing solid hockey the last three games and continued that Thursday night as they were using all four lines and skating hard early. This was a fast paced game as the whistles were far and few between for the most part.
Winnipeg backup Al Montoya was seeing his third straight start and fourth consecutive appearance in the net, he made 25 saves including a couple breakaway stops and could not be faulted for any of the Senators’ four goals.
“I think the disappointing thing for me is that through that whole game we can’t manage to get a power play, and that could become the difference in the game, so that was disappointing for me,” Jets coach Claude Noel said. “It’s hard to believe that you end up with nothing there.”
Senators’ goalie Craig Anderson was on as he made 32 saves and also had some help in each of the three periods as his posts and crossbar played a key role in preserving this win.
“I think when we made it 4-2, we had momentum,” Anderson said. “We had the game pretty much at our fingertips there, and then at the end of a 4-on-4 they made it a 4-3 game and we had to make sure we got the momentum back. They kind of took it over a little bit there, and momentum’s huge. Momentum is one of those things where if you can maximize the time you have it, you’re going to win a lot of games.”
Ottawa got goals from Mika Zibanejad his 10th , Milan Michalek his 7th, Zack Smith his 9th, Clarke MacArthur sniped the winner his 13th.
Winnipeg got goals from Dustin Byfuglien his 8th, Evander Kane his 12th, Olli Jokinen his 10th.
“Even though we were down 2-1 in the first I thought we outplayed them in the first period,” Kane said. “They got a fortunate bounce at the end [of the first], but we came back in the second period and I thought we played very similar to how we played in the first and we were able to have it tied going into the third period, and just breakdowns, and we’re on the other side of the game again.”
Jets fourth line fan favorite Anthony Peluso had a tilt with Sens heavyweight Matt Kassian and also had an assist , he was a crossbar away from his first Gordie Howe Hattrick. Peluso also logged just under nine minutes of ice time.
The Jets had a lot of offence from the back end tonight as the defence had 19 shots on goal for them.
The Jets see themselves fall back to 500 with a 19-19-5 record still just six points back of the final playoff spot in the West.
They will spend the night in Ottawa and practice in the morning before flying to Boston for a Saturday noon start time.
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