By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets lost their fifth straight game, this time to the Columbus Blue Jackets to the tune of a 6-3 scoreline. Here are your Quick Hits from the game.
How it happened: The Jets took the early lead thanks to rookie Eric O’Dell’s first National Hockey League goal at the 4:32 mark. The rest of the period was a bit of a snooze-fest. Dustin Byfuglien came onto the ice to a roar from the crowd, playing in his first game as a forward since last season. More on him later. The Jets best chance after the goal came on a three-on-two as Olli Jokinen made a nice feed to the trailing Bryan Little. Little beat Columbus netminder Curtis McElhinney but couldn’t beat the crossbar.
What little good the Jets did was erased and then some. First it was Mark Letestu short-handed. Then it was Cam Atkinson who gave the Blue Jackets its first lead of the night. After that Nick Foligno made the bleeding worse and not too long after that Boone Jenner was taken down on a breakaway; promptly scoring on the penalty shot to make it 4-1. Four goals in 9:07. Boos rang out across the MTS Centre. Toby Enstrom would pull one back for the Jets on a beauty of a one-timer from a Bryan Little pass that went top cheese past McElhinney.
Think the Jets would come out guns a’blazin’? Think again. Boone Jenner collected his second of the night, untouched in front of Pavelec who was visibly upset both before and after the goal. The Jets got a power play right off the faceoff following the goal and Little pulled one back for the Jets to make it 5-3. No matter, however, as Letestu scored his second of the night to make it 6-3. Goodnight.
Shots: 31-26 Jets
What it means: The loss is the fifth straight for the Winnipeg-based club, their longest streak of the season. The Jets are at their wits end and are seemingly out of ideas of how to tweak their lineup anymore.
Jets player of the game: Eric O’Dell. In limited ice time, even on the Jets second line, O’Dell managed to pot home his first NHL goal,
Jets stat of the game: Well, there wasn’t much else going on in this one so this goes to O’Dell and his first NHL goal. Dude, you got O’Dell? Want a negative stat of the game? Andrew Ladd and two offensive zone tripping penalties. Brutal.
What is next for the Jets: A better team comes to town, which is not good for the Jets. Monday night the old Jets (Phoenix Coyotes) will visit the MTS Centre.