Jets running on fumes Winnipeg loses fourth straight on Island

UNIONDALE N.Y. The Islanders moved into the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets have now lost four in a row and now see themselves with just a two point lead in the race for first in the Southeast division.

Islanders goalie kevin Poulin making only his third start of the season made 23 saves for the win.

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 34 saves in the loss.WPG Jets logo

The Islanders got on the board first when rookie Anders Lee who was making his NHL debut after four years at the University of Notre Dame got his first NHL goal.

Jets rookie Paul Postma who had been a healthy scratch the last four games tied things up when he banged in a rebound off an Eric Tangradi shot.

After twenty it was 1-1 with the Islanders holding a 12-9 advantage in shots.

Postma got his second of the game and 3rd of the season from Chris Thorburn and Tangradi to make it 2-1 for Winnipeg.

The Isles tied things up when Colin McDonald ripeed his 7th past Pavelec.

With Evander Kane off for hooking Frans Nielson blasted a slap shot past Pavelec to give New York a 3-2 lead after forty minutes.Shots were 30-17 in favor of the Islanders.

The Jets had a different look to start the third as Coach Claude Noel decided to move Dustin Byfuglien up to wing with the top line hoping for some offence.

Most of the period the Jets were playing in their own end and once they got out the forwards were so tired they couldn’t generate much.

Matt Moulson got his 12th goal and first in thirteen games to make it 4-2 Islanders.

John Tavares added an empty netter his 23rd to make it 5-2.

Jets will now head to Montreal for a must win game on Thursday as they are in danger of falling out of the top eight.

During the game it was announced the Jets had signed 2012 first round draft pick Jacob Trouba and he will join the team for the rest of the season.

Trouba who is 19-years old just finished his freshman season at the University of Michigan recorded 29 points in 37 games. He was also a member of the gold medal-winning American team at the World Junior Championship.

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