Has the Jets effort been better the last two games? Yes, but unfortunately the NHL is a results business.
The Jets have now dropped four straight at MTS Centre and going back to last season have won three of their last 12 home games. A stat that most would find unimaginable.
A few games ago I wrote about how everything gets magnified when you are not scoring, and seven goals in the four-game home losing streak pretty much says it all. Against Boston the Jets directed 69 shots on goal, more than the Bruins give up on most nights, so the Jets deserve credit for that. But the three columns that make up the 69 are as follows – 23 on net, 20 blocked, 26 missed the net. It's the 26 that missed that is the issue. Jets now lead the league in missed shots with 206.
Getting the next goal, the next save, is the hill the Jets can't seem to get over right now.
"Every mistake we make ends up in our net," lamented Coach Claude Noel post game. And that is not blaming Ondrej Pavelec who made a number of big saves.
After a scoreless first period Alexander Burmistrov scored his second of the year early in the second as for only the fifth time this season the Jets scored the opening goal. The Bruins tied the game midway through the period on a goal that went to video review. Zdeno Chara's wrist shot from the blue line was deflected by Tyler Seguin on what appeared to be a high stick. However the deflection went off Ron Hainsey's leg and in, good goal.
At 19:33 the Burmistrov line with Evander Kane and Nik Antropov clicked again. Good work down low by both Burnistrov and Antropov resulted in Kane snapping his eight game goalless drought. Much like Burmistrov's goal it was the result of strong work in front of the net.
Then came 63 seconds the Jets would like to have back. With 1.5 seconds left in the period Daniel Paille deflected a Johnny Boychuk shot to tie the game after two. Nine seconds into the third a tripping penalty to Hainsey gave the Bruins their only power play, and 36 seconds into the third Brad Marchand's eighth of the year gave the Bruins a lead they would not give up. Jets went 0-2 on the power play and are now 0-12 in the last five games.
A disappointing loss for everyone, from fans to players to coaches.
"We battled, but we still passed up on shots," continued Coach Noel. "Burmi's line was good. Nice to see him and Kane get on the board. Boston is a good team, they found a way to win. They get a power play and it's in the net. We gave what we had but they are a good team."
Jets now play nine of their next 11 on the road, starting with a five game trip that begins in Buffalo Tuesday (Catch the game live on TSN Jets, TSN 1290 starting at 6pm ct). To say it is a critical road trip is an understatement.
"We can't fall any further behind," continued Noel. "Even now we are the point we need to win two of three. Home was the strength of our team last year. We know we can win on the road."
The Jets were minus Tobias Enstrom who will be out for at least a couple of weeks with a shoulder injury, bringing Paul Postma back into the lineup. Postma played 20:20, while Dustin Byfuglien lead the way at 24:19, followed by Zach Bogosian at 23:37. Kane had six shots on goal while Bryan Little won 12 of 17 face-offs. Coach Noel shortened the bench going with three lines most of the third. Jets could not turn the first goal of the game into a win and are now 1-3-1 when scoring first.
The upcoming road trip takes the Jets to Buffalo, Carolina, Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York to meet the Rangers. All games will be on TSN, the first four on TSN Jets, the Ranger game can be seen nationally on TSN.