WINNIPEG - They had their chances - and hit five goal posts - but the Winnipeg Jets could only get one shot past the Edmonton Oilers' goaltending tandem of Laurent Broissoit and Nick Ellis in a 4-1 loss Wednesday night.
But that one goal came on the power play, and came after an extended stretch of sustained pressure. Nic Petan was part of that unit, which included Tyler Myers, Bryan Little, Jacob Trouba, and Nikolaj Ehlers (the eventual goal scorer).
Petan had four minutes of power play time to bring him to a 15:37 total for the night, believes the key to success on the man advantage is how quickly the Jets move the puck.
"Puck on the stick, puck off the stick. Not too many stick handles were happening on that first power play there," said Petan. "Later on in the game, guys were thinking we had too much time and they were jumping on us. The quicker the pucks moved on the power play, the more lanes opened up."
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This was Petan's first action of the preseason. A centre for most of his junior career, and the early part of his pro career, Petan was on the wing tonight, a spot he played for a small amount of time last season.
"It takes a bit of getting used to, but I thought I was pretty solid in my first game here," said the 22-year-old. "It's just not as much grind down low. You have a little more opportunity up top, and in your D-zone obviously you have to watch your points.
"But at the same time there are other responsibilities you have to take care of. A D-man going behind you, or your forechecking a little bit more. I liked it tonight."
Head coach Paul Maurice liked him too, adding that moving Petan to the wing is a function of what they saw from moving Mathieu Perreault, a natural centre, to the wing last season.
"We were concerned at some point last year that even Matty's injury was a function of him being down low and all the battling he had to do," said Maurice. "The challenge for Nic will be the boards in our end of the ice because you've got some pretty big defensemen closing in on you there. But he's got hands and he's got skill.
"He's got to make that adjustment, getting the pucks off the wall. But it will in the offensive zone free him up a little bit to use some of those skills."