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Slow start costs Jets two points

Winnipeg dominates final two periods but drop 2-1 decision to Kings

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

LOS ANGELES, CA - 20 minutes.

That was the only thing that stood between the Winnipeg Jets and a perfect California road trip.

 The Jets didn't have their best in the opening frame and it ended up costing them two points in a 2-1 setback at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

"It was tough sledding out there, they (the Kings) were competing real hard. They had a tough (loss) one yesterday," said Blake Wheeler who had his three game point streak snapped.

"They came out determined and it took us a little while to match it. But ultimately the first period cost us but there was a lot of that game that turned out to be real good battle by us."

 Jack Roslovic scored the lone goal for the Jets who dropped to 16-10-1 on the season, Laurent Brossoit made 32 stops and lost for the first time in four starts.

"They put up an awful lot (of shots) on us and we struggled with it for 20 minutes. The match wasn't to our favour by any stretch of the imagination and we didn't start with the puck very much and they threw everything on the net and got first touch," said Paul Maurice.

"They got to those rebounds faster than us and that was it. Then we just got better and then we battled hard and competed hard and skated faster."

Much like the last time these two teams met in Winnipeg, the Kings carried the play in the first period and if it wasn't for Laurent Brossoit it could have been a lot worse than 2-0 after 20. Los Angeles outshot Winnipeg 19-5 in the opening period and got goals from Joakim Ryan at 7:34 and Nikolai Prokhorkin at 12:12.

"A lot of work. Obviously, a lot of shots but in the pre-scout where we knew this was a team that throws everything at the net," said Brossoit.

"For me, I've said it time and time again I like getting peppered with shots. It gets me in the game early."

Video: WPG@LAK: Brossoit makes flurry of saves in 3rd

In an effort to get things going Paul Maurice switched centres moving Adam Lowry between Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine. Meanwhile, Mark Scheifele skated with Mathieu Perrault and Andrew Copp. It worked as the Jets started skating and outshot the Kings 15-8 in the middle frame but could not solve Jack Campbell.

"I just changed the matchup for us. Mark (Scheifele) was struggling in the circle against (Anze) Kopitar," said Maurice of the centreman switch.

"I thought after that we had more options."

Finally in the third, the Jets did get one past the Kings goaltender when Tucker Poolman and Roslovic played give and go and Roslovic swept one into the wide open net to cut the Los Angeles lead to one at 4:18.

Video: WPG@LAK: Poolman, Roslovic team up to trim deficit

The Jets carried the play for the majority of the third and with time winding down, Scheifele had a glorious chance to tie the game but Campbell closed the door and stole the win.

 Winnipeg finished the month to 10-3-1, which set a franchise record for most wins in November. It's the fifth time in franchise history the Jets have won 10 or more games in a calendar month.

"Our game is definitely night and day from where it was in October," said Wheeler.

"We put ourselves in a good position here and looking towards the next month. Just keep growing our game and getting better."

Winnipeg returns to Bell MTS Place for another one game home stand when they host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, it's the first game of a home and home series between the two Central Division rivals.

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