By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks had their way with the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night at the MTS Centre winning 6-3 in convincing fashion.
Toews lit the lamp once and helped three others do the same, picking up four points Thursday night after laying a goose egg back on November 2nd, his first NHL game in his home town.
“It is especially special to have that happen here in Winnipeg,” said Toews of his performance in front of his hometown following the win.
The Jets didn’t give the fans much to cheer about outside of a 30 second stint in the second period. Brandon Saad gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead but it was short-lived thanks to a burst of urgency from the Jets.
Andrew Ladd and Keaton Ellerby scored 29 seconds apart to tie the game up and give the team some life. It lasted all of eight minutes when Toews tallied and incredible goal for the Blackhawks.
The Jets, still with some life, found the back of the net on the power play thanks to Dustin Byfuglien, who score his sixth goal in as many games.
With all of their effort extinguished, however, the Jets came out in the third and were dominated.
Marian Hossa scored the game-winner on a beautiful pass from Toews. Ben Smith added one more and Patrick Sharp drove the final nail into the Jets’ coffin, firing one into the empty net.
“We got what we deserved,” Pavelec said. “If you play in your zone like we did tonight, you can’t expect to get a point. They won the [Stanley Cup] for a reason.”
Pavelec wasn’t the only Jet bemoaning his teams effort on Thursday.
“I don’t think we had everyone going tonight,” Ladd said. “That’s the first thing. You need everybody to show up and play hard. I don’t think we had that. To me, that’s the biggest thing.”
Jets’ head coach Claude Noel was left wondering what to do with his under-achieving club after its most recent set back.
“That’s a good question — what do you do?” Noel said. “That’s what I’ll be thinking about. How? Why? It’s something I have to figure out. It’s part of the job.”
Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler remained without a goal again and are now both in double-digit’s in terms of games in a row without a marker.
The Jets will practice Friday as they try to pick up the pieces before another stiff test against the Minnesota Wild at the MTS Centre at 2 p.m. Saturday.