Isles Dump Jets On Valentine's Day
Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets dropped a heartbreaker on Tuesday night as the New York Islanders seized two important points on a Valentine's Day match up at the MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg.
P.A. Parenteau's deflection from a Milan Jurcina slap-pass at just over a minute and half into the final frame would end up being the game winner in a tightly contested battle between the two Eastern Conference teams, both in a dog fight for the final playoff spot in the east.
Parenteau would then find himself lending a hand in sealing the deal for the Isle's as he cut off a clearing pass and fed Matt Martin to give New York a decisive win during a final push by the Winnipeg Jets.
"It was a great overall team effort tonight," Parenteau said, "and that is what we are going to need down the road."
The Jets started the game with an energy that can always be attributed to the roaring crowd at the MTS Centre. After 8-minutes of solid play by Winnipeg, Chris Thorburn would knock in a rebound initially shot on goal by Jim Slater, and the "GST" line put the Jets up 1-0 with 2:10 remaining in the 1st period.
Early in the second period, Winnipeg's Blake Wheeler was called for tripping, and the Islanders would waste no time taking advantage of the short-handed team. Just 10-seconds into the powerplay, the Islanders' Matt Moulson fired a shot from the top of the circle, sliding through the 5-hole of Ondrej Pavelec to tie the game at 1-1.
The Jets did manage to put together some great offensive sequences, only to be denied by Nobokov and his skinny red friends, the post and crossbar.
Shots at the end of 2-periods were 26-17 Jets.
P.A. Parenteau's game winner would come just 1:26 into the third period, and despite 2 power-plays with some good chances, the Jets were unable to find the back of the net. Their last ditch effort showed some promise, but Winnipeg was unable to control the puck for any ammount of time that would allow them to generate a quality chance on goal, and also forced them to give up the empty cage to the Isles.
The road doesn't get much easier for Winnipeg as they spend one night away from the MTS Centre on their trip to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Thursday evening. 24-hours later they're back on Portage Avenue as they welcome back the Boston Bruins to Winnipeg. That will be the start of an 8-game homestand for the struggling Jets.