Jets Squeak Away With 1 Point In Shootout Loss to Isles
Winnipeg, Manitoba (TheCheckingLine.com) - As the New York Islanders continued their winning ways on a trip away from the island, the Winnipeg Jets lost their first shootout at home in front of 15,004 fans at the MTS Centre on Tuesday Night.
The Islanders (11-14-6) controlled a majority of the play during regulation, and if not for an incredibly hot goaltender in Ondrej Pavelec, The Jets (15-13-5) would not be skating away with a point in the standings.
Evgeni Nabakov , who replaced Al Montoya in the 2nd period after a collision with Jets' Evander Kane, stopped all 19 shots he faced and both shooters in the shootout for Winnipeg - Kyle Wellwood and Blake Wheeler.
Although Winnipeg put 38 pucks on goal, many of them came from low scoring percentage spots in the offensive zone, as the Islanders defensive core kept Winnipeg to the outside for a majority of the game.
P.A. Paranteau put the Islanders on the board just before the midway point in the 1st period, but the Jets were able to tie the game up before heading back to the locker room when Nick Antropov deflected a shot from Johnny Oduya for their 5th goal and 7th assist , respectively.
Just before the 4-minute mark in the 2nd period, The Islanders took their 2nd one-goal lead of the game on a tip by Michael Grabner, a former player in Winnipeg withthe Manitoba Moose.
Andrew Ladd utilized a screen by Nik Antropov to fire home his 11th of the season over the glove of Al Montoya and tie the game up at 2.
Overtime saw the Isles and Jets trade chances at both ends of the ice on two hot goaltenders in Pavelec and Nabakov. The two netminders would be the key to keeping this game tied and forcing an NHL shootout for the first time in the history of the MTS Centre.
Blake Wheeler would shoot first for the Jets, but fumbled the puck on his backhand before he could get the shot off.
P.A. Parenteau exploited Pavelec's weakness on the high glove side, and put New York up by 1.
Kyle Wellwood would try to out move Nabakov, but the Russian goalie stood strong and made the save with his left pillow.
Frans Nielson forced Pavelec to his stomach and fired the puck over his sprawling body to win the game for the Islanders, their 5th road win in 7 games.