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Jets fall in overtime to close out home stand

Wheeler, Perreault score; Hellebuyck makes 35 saves

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - It wasn't the finish to the home stand the Winnipeg Jets were looking for. 

The San Jose Sharks erased Jets leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before scoring a shorthanded goal in overtime to take a 3-2 win out of Bell MTS Place.

Blake Wheeler and Mathieu Perreault scored for the Jets (34-16-3) in the loss, Winnipeg's first on home ice since Dec. 29 - a span of eight games.

"We're doing a pretty good job holding down our fort. It's too bad we didn't get it done tonight but overall, we've done a good job," said Wheeler of the Jets who are 20-6-3 at home this season.

Video: SJS@WPG: Wheeler roofs opening goal

Connor Hellebuyck turned away 35 shots with 28 of those coming in the first and third periods combined.

But the one he wants back is Joe Pavelski's overtime winner. The Sharks forward took a pass from Brent Burns on a 2-on-1 and snapped it past Hellebuyck on the glove side.

"It was a good shot. I'll give him that. But on the other hand I want to find a way to stop it," said Hellebuyck, who earned praise from his teammates for his play in the game.

"I could potentially stay on my feet, or get my glove up right away or get my glove out," Hellebuyck said. "That's just off the top of my head. I'd have to see exactly how it went."

For the third time on the home stand, the Jets opened the scoring.

Wheeler's wrist shot from the left wing off the rush went through the legs of Sharks defenceman Justin Braun and over the left shoulder of Martin Jones. The Jets captain's 11th of the campaign came 3:08 into the period.

But San Jose (31-16-7) found the equalizer on the power play just after the midway mark of the first period. Logan Couture's wrist shot beat a screened Hellebuyck with 9:06 left in the period. Seconds before, Josh Morrissey blocked a one-timer and had trouble getting to his feet. Shortly after the goal was scored, he went down the tunnel to the Jets dressing room.

"He's day-to-day. He may play in Montreal. We'll see how he comes back tomorrow," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. "There is no major concern on it. We'll see how he's moving tomorrow."

A Tyler Myers pinch at the Sharks blue line kept the puck on side by mere inches, but it was enough to set up Winnipeg's second go-ahead goal. Brandon Tanev's feed in front then went off Myers' stick to Perreault, who beat Jones five-hole to give the Jets a 2-1 lead.

Video: SJS@WPG: Perreault beats Jones for 300th point

It was also Perreault's 300th career NHL point.

"That was nice. Anytime you can reach a milestone it's always a good feeling. It would have been a better feeling if we got the win, but I'll remember this one for sure," said Perreault, who felt the Jets played well despite the final result.

"We spent a lot of time forechecking, getting on their D. For a while, they were struggling to get out of their zone. That's the kind of game we like. Then we started trading chances late in the third which isn't what we want to do."

Video: SJS@WPG: Maurice honored for coaching 1,500 games

Winnipeg looked to take a 3-1 lead when Mark Scheifele beat Jones five hole on the power play, but San Jose quickly challenged for offside. The officials agreed with the visitors and the goal was waved off, as a last second move at the line put the Jets offside.

"It's offside so that's the right call. It didn't affect the play but it was offside," said Maurice.

"It went against us tonight but it was clean. It wasn't one of those ones you had to deliberate over or make a judgement call. It was off."

Video: SJS@WPG: Hellebuyck dives to rob Vlasic in OT

San Jose would tie things up for the second time 2:35 into the third when Marcus Sorenson found a loose puck in front of Hellebuyck and squeaked it by the Jets goaltender for his 11th of the season.

The Jets had their chances to take the lead back with Marc-Edouard Vlasic taking a delay of game penalty with 1:35 in regulation. But the home side was unable to cash in on that chance or a Sharks too many men penalty in overtime.

Overall, the Jets power play went 0-for-5, the first time they've been held off the score sheet with the man advantage since the All-Star break.

"We hit that seam a lot tonight. Not just the first (power play). Pretty much every power play we were hitting that seam. It was there, but there are going to be nights like that," said Wheeler.

"We did a lot of good things. Obviously getting the goal called back hurt. That's the difference in the game right there."

The Jets now head out on the road for three games beginning on Thursday in Montreal against the Canadiens.

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