By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
WINNIPEG — Make it five straight losses for the Winnipeg Jets after dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night at the MTS Centre. Here are your Quick Hits from the game:
How it happened: Two tentative teams emerged from their respective dressing rooms and played a pretty tentative opening frame. The score remained scoreless after 20 minutes with the Canucks getting the upper hand on shots with 14 to the Jets nine. Ondrej Pavelec stood tall in the Jets’ crease after sitting out the Jets previous game in Denver on Monday night. The Jets, who had four penalties called against them on Monday in the first period continued in a similar vein with three of their own in the first. Their fifth-ranked penalty kill held true to their name, shutting down the Canucks on each of the three.
The Jets took the lead in the second at the 3:48 mark on a nice feed from Bryan Little to Andrew Ladd who popped the wrist shot bar down behind Canucks’ netminder Eddie Lack. Both teams exchanged penalties and pleasantries before Alexander Burrows, a former Manitoba Moose, finally notched his first goal of the season in his 36th game played. Burrows, who had a couple chances earlier in the game, gave strong fist pump before celebrating with his team. Monkey off his back for sure.
Michael Frolik notched lucky No. 13 at 2:18 of the third to give the Jets back the lead. The play was a dandy, with a perfect pass from Olli Jokinen cross-ice onto the stick of Frolik who calmly redirected behind Lack. Leave it to Alex Burrows, who scored his second of the night to tie the game up on a strange bounce. Both teams looked to make it a clean two points but were unable to pull the trigger before the game headed to overtime.
As has been the case for the Winnipeg Jets, overtime solved nothing and the game headed to the dreaded shootout. Devin Setoguchi, Ladd and Jokinen all missed for the Jets while Chris Higgins scored on the Canucks third attempt to seal the win.
Shots: 34-33 Jets.
What it means: Another loss for the Jets, their fifth straight, is making already grim conditions look a lot more bleak in the race for the playoffs. The Jets will have to reboot for Friday night when they welcome the New York Rangers to the MTS Centre.
Jets player of the game: Ondrej Pavelec. The Czech netminder made 31 saves in a strong performance after taking a rest in the Jets loss on Monday night to the Colorado Avalanche.
Jets stat of the game: In lieu of the Jets player tonight, we salute Alexander Burrows on his first and second goals of the season. Burrows had just six assists and was a minus-15 on the season coming into the game tonight. Burrows is making $6 million this year.
What is next for the Jets: The Jets return to action on Friday night when they face the New York Rangers at the MTS Centre.