Sharks frozen in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA- The San Jose Sharks didn’t like the cold weather in Winnipeg and it showed as they were defeated by the Jets 5-4 in a shootout.WPG Jets logo

The Jets have now won three in a row at home and have wins in three of their last four games overall.

“I thought the outcome was great,” Jets coach Claude Noel said. “We couldn’t have drawn it up better. I thought we were resilient in the game. I thought we didn’t lose our focus. We didn’t lose our hope.

“I thought we played a solid game. I thought there were a lot of really good things in the game. To me, it was a huge building block for our team, this game, in a lot of different ways.”

Goalie Ondrej Pavelec stopped 30 shots plus 3 more in the shoot out to get the win.

San Jose goalie Antti Niemi was busy as he stopped 42 shots in the loss.

The Jets came out on fire as they had the Sharks on their heels for most of the first period. The speed and forecheck from Winnipeg were relentless and had the visitors hemmed in their zone.

The Sharks still managed to get a 2-0 lead despite being out played as Dan Boyle ripped a rocket past Pavelec for his 3rd of the year, a power play marker.

Rookie phenom Tomas Hertl was sprung on a breakaway on a beautiful feed from Jason Demers and scored his 10th goal of the year.

The Jets didn’t hang their heads as they continued to play a strong game and were rewarded when Matt Halischuk made a nice saucer pass to Michael Frolik who buried his 4th to make it 2-1.

San Jose regained the two-goal cushion when Tommy Wingels got his 5th from Hertl and Justin Braun.

Dustin Byfuglien who had that monkey still on his back finally got his 1st of the year on a cannon that Niemi had no chance on. Helpers were from Grant Clitsome and Eric Tangradi.

Clitsome then tied things at 3-3 when he wristed one home for his 2nd from Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little.

In the third, with San Jose on the power play Logan Couture and Joe Thornton played keep away and sprung Boyle who got his 4th and second of the game to make it 4-3.

The Jets didn’t fold up the tent as they continued to battle and with under two minutes left Captain Ladd drilled a one-timer for his 5th to square things at 4-4.

“It’s a big win, with the way we won,” Ladd said. “This should do a lot for this room. We need to win a lot of games to get back into the playoff mix here. Every game is so important, and we can’t afford to take any nights off. We’re going to need that urgency night in and night out. These last two games have been a good start.”

In OT, both teams had their chance to win it but both goalies came up big to send this to a shoot out.

Pavelec stopped all three Shark shooters and Ladd, who is so cool under pressure, got his league-leading 4th shootout goal of the season to give the Jets a huge win and two important points.

Winnipeg will now fly to Detroit for a Tuesday game at the Joe Lewis Arena.

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