Winnipeg Jets lose another low scoring affair 3-1 to the New York Islanders on home ice at MTS Centre.
Winnipeg's special teams were the difference Tuesday night. They were unable to capitalize on the power play and they allowed the Islanders to score on their only power play attempt.
“The power play demoralized us again, that really seems to be the story of late. It doesn't give our team any life, its has gotten to the point where we have to make some drastic moves or change some things,” commented Winnipeg Jet's head coach Claude Noel after the game.
The Islanders made the Jet's power play look out of sync, especially late in the game, that allowed New York to generate momentum even though they were down a man.
“Our power play is struggling we can't score. We have worked a lot in practice, we just can't do it. I don't know what's going on,” commented Alexander Burmistrov.
Winnipeg's power play went 0-3 on the game and is currently 5-45 in the past seventeen games.
The Jets did score first on a great cycle down low in the offensive zone that generated Chris Thorburn's 3rd goal off the season off a rebound from a goal line shot by Jim Slater.
“We did some good things but at the same time we fell short, we need to re-group and put some wins together and start getting some offensive confidence back,” said Chris Thorburn.
That was Thorburn's third goal in the past eight games. Winnipeg won the previous two games when Thorburn got on the scoresheet.
New York Islander Matt Moulson made the game changing play on the power play when he knocked down a Ron Hainsey clearing attempt right onto his stick blade, which set up a blast from the left point for his 25th on the season to make it 1-1 at 3:55 of the second period.
Both teams have a winning record heading into the third period, Islanders are 8-2-1 while the Jets are 6-3-2.
New York changed the complexion of the game early in the third when PA Parenteau tipped a slap pass in the slot from Milan Jurcina for his 12th on the season to put the Islanders up 2-1 at 1:36.
Matt Martin added an empty net goal for his 7th on the season, sending the Jets faith-full scrambling for the exits.
“Am I discouraged, how do I look? Look I'm going to wake up tomorrow as another day. I said before I will be relentless in my pursuit to get us to where we want to go,” replied a emotional Noel.
The Jets will have an opportunity to get back in the win column on Thursday when they travel into St. Paul Minnesota to take on the Minnesota Wild who will also be eager to find a win having lost four in a row.
-Jets out shoot the Islanders 38-25
-Nik Antropov was demoted to the fourth line because of a recent slump that has seen him accumulate only an assist in his last eight games
-Alexander Burmistrov replaced Antropov on the second line playing centre alongside Kyle Wellwood and Evander Kane.
-The Winnipeg Jets are 16-9-2 at home, but the Islanders have handed them two home loses, the other loss game in a 3-2 shoot-out December 20th.
-The Winnipeg Jets currently have all their players healthy and available if needed. Tuesday night was only the second game so far this season where their wasn't a single Jet on the injured reserve.
(Courtesy of Kevin Geisheimer)
(Photo courtesy of Ray Peters)