By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets dropped their first of three straight home games Tuesday night at the MTS Centre 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues.
How it happened: The Jets played a decent first frame, containing the Blues’ potent offence and allowing them just two shots on goal through 20 minutes. The Jets faired much better in the shot department, putting eight shots on Blues’ netminder Brian Elliot. The Jets played well defensively and kept the Blues off the shot counter for 5:30.
In the second period the Blues woke up and Alexander Steen scored his 21st of the season from a terrible angle, beating Ondrej Pavelec who was already cheating to the opposite side of his own net. The Jets power play, now 0-for-18, was good but not great when given the chance on a David Backes interference call.
The third brought a goal for the Winnipeg Jets. Bryan Little scored on the power play, the first of its kind in 18 attempts. The Jets looked poised to settle for at least a point when Dustin Byfuglien took an ill-advised hooking call with 3:26 left in the game. 24 seconds later Kevin Shattenkirk fired a shot which hit Bryan Little’s skate and deflected passed Pavelec.
The Jets pulled Pavelec but couldn’t muster anything with the extra man.
What it means: The Jets lose again in the Central, dropping another four-point swing and losing valuable ground in the division.
Jets player of the game: Jacob Trouba. From his fancy moves to get a quality scoring chance in the first, to his timely save with Pavelec out of position in the second and so on. Trouba was physical, lively, and a joy to watch.
Jets stat of the game: Bryan Little’s power play marker at the 3:00 mark in the third period was the first power play goal by a Jet forward since October 29th.
What is next for the Jets: The Jets will host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday back here at the MTS Centre. A win would