By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
WINNIPEG — The Ottawa Senators snapped a two-game skid and extended the Jets losing streak to three games in a 5-3 win on Saturday afternoon. Here are your Quick Hits from the game:
How it happened: The Jets started out on the right foot but like Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, faltered as the first period wore on. The Jets had a golden opportunity as both Eric Gryba and Colin Greening found themselves in the box and the Jets found themselves with a two-man advantage. Nothing came of it and a chunk of the time on the power play was cancelled out on a Tobias Enstrom tripping call that killed off any momentum the Jets had gathered. The Jets got into some penalty trouble of their own and were made to pay on Milan Michalek’s 11th of the season with Bogosian watching from the sin bin after a holding call. The Jets would claw back, however, and on a power play of their own, scored for just their third time in 19 attempts thanks to Bryan Little’s 20th of the season. It would prove to be short-lived, though, as Jared Cowen would notch his fourth of the year on a point shot just 38 seconds later.
The scoring didn’t stop in the second. The Jets looked flat again out of the gate and Eric Gryba grabbed his second of the year at the 2:03 mark. The Jets woke up, however, and just over two minutes later scored on the power play for the second time off the stick of Enstrom who let a blast go from the point. The Jets were fired up and after a hit in the corner from Eric Tangradi, fisticuffs broke out, including a fight of the year candidate between the Senators’ Jared Cowen and Jets’ forward Anthony Peluso. Peluso won the tilt handily but Cowen’s chin was infallible. The Sens weren’t deterred though and regained their two-goal advantage on Kyle Turris’ 21st of the year and then went three up 38 seconds later as Mike Hoffman scored his first NHL goal. Ondrej Pavelec’s night was over after giving up five goals on 20 shots.
The third started out with a bang – or a ping, if you will — as Dustin Byfuglien’s clapper from the point went bar down behind Craig Anderson to cut into the Senators three goal lead. The Jets had their chances as well would couldn’t muster any more offence on their 22 shots in the period. Montoya stood tall in relief for Pavelec but the damage was already done.
Shots: 49-32 Jets
What it means: The loss is the Jets third straight and more importantly, they have just one point to show in their last three contests. With Dallas, Phoenix and Vancouver all playing tonight, the Jets could slip to five points behind the Stars for the final wild card spot in the west.
Jets player of the game: Is there one? Probably Anthony Peluso if we must. Peluso had nothing in the production department but he will be in the discussion for Fight of the Year after a spirited tilt with Jared Cowen. Cowen deserves much credit for the way he stood in there after taking a good five shots off the chin.
Jets stat of the game: The Jets finally got their power play rolling again after being two-for-16 coming into the afternoon matchup with the Senators. Little and Enstrom both had markers for the Jets on the man-advantage.
What is next for the Jets: The Jets will board a flight for Denver tomorrow ahead of a meeting with the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night at the Pepsi Centre. The Jets will then return to Winnipeg for three-straight contests at the MTS Centre against the Canucks, Rangers and the Stars.