By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
Dustin Byfuglien’s goal at the 14:23 mark of the third period gave the Winnipeg Jets a chance and for the third time in their last four games, claimed a victory in the shootout – a 3-2 come-from-behind win Friday night at the MTS Centre.
Coming into Friday’s game the Jets were one-for-48 on the man-advantage over the past 13 games and zero-for-20 in their last eight, a streak that no longer exists thanks to Byfuglien’s two markers on power play Friday night.
“It was just a matter of getting there,” said Byfuglien. “We had traffic and we just kept shooting and we got there.”
And got there they did. The Jets put seven of their 38 shots on goal during their four man-advantages.
“It gives us a little bit of confidence, now we know that as long as we stuck with it, it was bound to get a couple of goals on it.”
Byfuglien debuted a new goal celebration Friday night with a little jig close to centre ice after scoring the game-tying goal. It was nothing planned according to the 28-year old defenceman.
“I don’t know, I just do what I do, nothing special,” Byfuglien said.
Claude Noel was happy with his star defenceman and his power play overall.
“The power play, obviously, was a big plus for us, getting us a couple goals,” said Noel. “(It has) been a long-time waiting for us for that to happen. I don’t think there was anything really different took place other than we hit the net and scored a couple goals. Even before that we had some good chances on the power play.
“For me it was a matter of time before these things start seeing the back of the net. Eventually they are going to go, you just have to stay with it and not allow too much frustration to get into your game.”
Meanwhile, Ondrej Pavelec continued his stellar play during the four-game winning streak. The Czech netminder stopped 32 shots and all but one in the shootout, a Claude Giroux shot that just squeaked through Pavelec’s legs.
Pavelec, who has made no bones about the fact he dislikes the shootout, won his third game in the last four in the format he despises.
“We find a way to win, it is part of the game,” said Pavelec. “I think we deserve it. I think we played a good, solid game.
“We played a great third period, we were down one goal but we were patient and the power play helped us get the win tonight.”
Noel praised his No. 1 goalie after the game.
“Pavelec’s play has been superb,” said Noel. “When you look at the way that he played and the balance that he has and the mental toughness that he has in the game at key times, he has been really solid, really solid for us. He gives us a chance.”
Scott’s Scribbles: Defenceman Zach Bogosian left the game near the end of the second period and did not return. The Jets will make an assessment on Bogosian tomorrow and will update his status then…Evander Kane has now gone seven games without a goal…Bryan Little had his three-game point streak snapped in the Jets win.