Going into the game in New Jersey you could call this Jets road trip "finding a way to win." A late goal in Philadelphia for the win, a late goal to tie and then a shootout win in Florida, then great goal tending by Ondre Pavelec for the win on Long Island. The game against the Devils would go down as "found a way to get a point."
When you are down 2-0 to the Devils going into the third, chances are you are done. The Devils are as good a defencive team as there is in the league. Especially with Martin Brodeur in goal.
But Mark Flood with his first NHL goal, and Jim Slater (assist to Flood) at 17:15 of the third earned the Jets a point. The Devils did win in overtime, but the point gives the Jets 7 of a possible 10 points on the 7 game road trip. Next up, the New York Rangers on Sunday. (TSN Jets, TSN 1290 6PM central)
Nik Antropov was a late scratch for the Jets, so the not dressed list went like this: Stuart, Hainsey, Meech, Jones, Fehr, Enstrom, Antropov, Mason. So as much as they were disappointed with the loss, when you consider everything, take the point and move on against the Rangers.
Antropov and Stuart are outside possibilities for Sunday.
Paul Postman was called up to join Flood and Brett Festerling on the blue line. Another good night for Bryan Little in the face off department, winning 16 or 23. Alexander Burmistrov won 12 of 17 as the Jets ended the night at 71%.
"I like the way we fought back from 2 down because the Devils don't give you much," stated coach Claude Noel after the game. "In the end we made a mistake and it was in our net."
Zac Bogosian lead the Jets in ice time at 26:25. With Antropov out Blake Wheeler moved up the Burmistrov and Evander Kane.