WINNIPEG, MB- The Jets were hoping a struggling Vancouver Canucks team would be just what the doctor ordered to cure their losing skid. It was a must-win for both teams as they were in desperate need of the two points . The Jets got one in the 3-2 shootout loss but still sit five behind the Dallas Stars who hold down the final spot and also have two games in hand.
Canucks goalie Eddie Lack was strong in the Vancouver net as he made 32 saves and stopped all three shooters in the shootout to earn the win.
“It was really important for me,” Lack said of his effort Wednesday. “It felt like I was really focused from the start. It was a really big relief for [me].”
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 31 shots for the Jets in the loss.
The first period opened with a bang as just three minutes in heavy weights Tom Sestito of the Canucks challenged Winnipeg’s Anthony Peluso and the two dropped the mitts and went toe to toe with Peluso landing a couple of bombs and getting the decision according to crowd.
Sestito wanted to get his bench going after there last game in which they gave up 7 goals in the third period in a loss to the Islanders.
The Jets got goals from Captain Andrew Ladd his 18th and Michael Frolik notched his 13th of the season.
Vancouver got both their goals from Alexandre Burrows who went 36 games without scoring before sniping his 1st and 2nd of the season to get off the monkey off his back. Chris Higgins got the shootout winner.
“I tried to stay positive,” Burrows said of his season-long scoring slump. “You just have to keep believing in yourself and pushing and working hard and try to get out of it.”
Evander Kane was awarded a penalty shot in the second period and missed the net on his attempt.
Canucks forward Ryan Kesler left the game in the second after a knee-on-knee collision with Jets center Jim Slater.
“We lose [Kesler] before the third and we get down, so yeah, I thought we played hard right on through,” Vancouver coach John Tortorella said. “And that’s two out of the [past] three games that we have played well in the third period, so good for them. They’ve hung in there, they’ve hung together. Losing a big guy like (Kesler), I thought they stuck together as a group. It was really nice to see.”
Winnipeg dominated the third period as they spent most of the period in the Canucks end but just couldn’t find the back of the net.
Both teams played an exciting overtime that included a glorious chance for Ladd who will have nightmares about missing a wide open chance , it was an up and down extra frame as five minutes went by without one stoppage of play.http://
“You’ve got to feel [frustration] a little,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “You’re putting in a hard effort, and you want to get good results from that. When you don’t, you should feel it a bit. We want to make sure we have a clear understanding of where we were good and where we weren’t [at practice Thursday] and have that be a part of our game plan against the New York Rangers [on Friday].”
The Jets will look to regroup against the New York Rangers Friday night.
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