Both the Winnipeg Jets (15-11-2) and Ottawa Senators (14-8-6) put in extra work on Saturday winning their respective games after 60 minutes. The Jets beat the Maple Leafs 5-4 in a shootout in Toronto to add to their season-high six-game point streak (5-0-1 in that span). Meanwhile, the Senators outlasted the Sabres 4-3 in overtime in Buffalo to keep alive a four-game point streak (2-0-2). The Jets are two points back of the Senators on the year, but rank higher in the standings by virtue of leading the Southeast Division. This is the third and final meeting between the clubs.
| ||Noel said G Al Montoya (lower-body) is progressing but being held out for precautionary reasons. @WiebeSunSports || || |
Starting Lineup:: Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Ron Hainsey, Zach Bogosian and Ondrej Pavelec in net.
3:44: SENS GOAL: Guillaume Latendresse opened the scoring for the Senators after Daniel Alfredsson willed his way to the net dodging past his check and putting the puck on net. Latendresse was in the crease to help finish the play and redirect the puck into the net, and it's 1-0 Senators early.
9:59: Blake Wheeler took the game's first penalty of the night as he went off for slashing. The Jets penalty kill went to work and despite the couple of good chances by the Sens power play, Ondrej Pavelec was there to make some key saves and helping extend the PK streak to 29 straight.
18:39: SENS GOAL: The Jets PK streak would end at 29 as Jakob Silfverberg takes a nice feed from Sergei Gonchar on in the left circle. Silfverberg, with room, sent a hard wrist shot that just snuck past Pavelec trying to slide across the net to make the save. 2-0 Senators.
| ||Silfverberg scores on the PP. Jets have to tighten up here. They are making it way too easy for the Sens in their own zone. @ICEzzyG || || |
Through 20 minutes, the Jets trailed 2-0 and were being outshot 19-6 in the first period.
8:56: The Jets finally got their first power play opportunity of the night with Mika Zibanejad sitting for two minutes for tripping up James Wright. The power play set up and had some good pressure at times. The best chance came to Grant Clitsome after Kyle Wellwood sent him a nifty pass from along the boards into the slot. Clitsome blasted a shot right on target but Robin Lehner was there to make the save.
The Jets spent the majority of the period stuck in their zone, unable to get a whole lot going. Pavelec remained on his game through that period, keeping his team only down a pair. Bounces just weren't going the Jets way and they escape a scoreless period still down two. Shots were 31-16 in favour of the Sens.
| ||How respond in 3rd period will say a lot about how close they are to remaining a 1st place team. @KellyMooreCJOB || || |
3:26: JETS GOAL: Zach Bogosian blasts one over the shoulder of Lehner after Rob Hainsey send him a perfect one-time set up on the point. Andrew Ladd won the draw to the right of Lehner, picking up the second assist on the goal.
11:30: With Ron Hainsey in the box serving a delay of game penalty, the Sens make the Jets pay. Kyle Turris added a third goal to the Senators board after he one-timed a pass from captain Alfredsson.
12:45: Things began to unravel quickly for the Jets as Silfverberg tallied his second of the night 1:15 later. After an attempt to clear the puck out of the crease, Silverberg cycled the puck around to the top of the circle to set up and release a hard shot that beat Pavelec. 4-1 Sens.
That's how things would wrap up in Ottawa tonight, with the Jets falling to a 4-1 final at the hands of the Senators. Shots through 60 minutes were 42-26 Sens. The Jets head back to Winnipeg for four home games starting on Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins. Catch that game at 7 pm on TSN Jets or TSN Radio 1290.