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Beyak: Jets hold off Isles to remain perfect on road trip

Dennis Beyak, TSN.ca
11/28/2013 1:11:29 AM
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With Wednesday night's win over the Islanders, the Jets are back to a game above .500 on the season at 12-11-4, while getting back to even on the road at 5-5-1. The Jets are now 2-0 on the six game road trip, a trip that continues Friday morning in Philadelphia.

After a scoreless first period the Jets scored three times in a span of 5:15. Mark Stuart with his first of the season marked the third straight game the Jets scored first, the goal coming right off a face-off. The goal was identical to the goal Evander Kane scored in New Jersey. James Wright won the face-off on Stuart's goal for his first point of the season.

A neutral zone steal followed by a great three way passing play gave the Jets a 2-0 lead. The scoring play was Andrew Ladd from Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler. Little now has 18 points in his last 15 games. Devin Setoguchi made it 3-0, as he deflected a Keaton Ellerby shot. Mark Scheifele extended his point streak to three games with an assist on the goal. Right after that goal the Islanders got a power play and Andrew MacDonald made it a 3-1 game after two periods.

With the Islanders on a three game losing streak, a third period push was coming. Al Montoya made a number of big saves, but John Tavares did make it a 3-2 game at 14:01 of the third and 53 seconds later the Isles found themselves on another power play. Montoya's best save came on that man advantage as he robbed Kyle Okposo. Okposo ended the night with six shots on goal. Montoya, a former Islander, ended the night with 30 saves and upping his record to 3-2-1.

Jets ended with 29 shots, were 54 per cent on face-offs, and blocked 21 shots. The Jets are now 6-1-1 against Eastern Conference teams.

Coach Claude Noel felt the Islanders first goal gave them life.

“Would have been nice to end the second 3-0,” he told TSN. “But we managed the game okay. A lot of good efforts. We don't enjoy how we make it close, but that will be our next challenge. You have to recognize that the other team will be pressing. But we are finding ways to win.”

Friday's game is an 11:30am et start in Philadelphia (TSN Jets, TSN 1290). Jets are 6-2-2 in their last 10, good for 14 of a possible 20 points.

The Bloggers: TSN Radio 1290 broadcasters Dennis Beyak and Brian Munz cover the Winnipeg Jets all season long. Manitoba-native Beyak is the play-by-play announcer for Jets regional games on TSN Jets and on TSN Radio 1290. Munz serves as a commentator for Jets broadcasts on TSN Radio 1290. Munz had previously been the voice of the Manitoba Moose.

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