Vancouver Canucks 2 Winnipeg Jets 1 – The loss drops the Jets to a game below .500 both on the road and on the season; it was the Jets 22nd one-goal game this season (9-8-5).
The Jets took back to back penalties in the opening period allowing the Canucks to build some momentum. It was late in the second advantage that Brad Richardson deflected a Dan Hamhuis shot past Ondrej Pavelec to open the scoring.
Roberto Luongo left the game with over three minutes left in the first with a lower body injury and did not return. Former Moose Eddie Lack came in and played very well in picking up the win. In two separate incidents Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler were involved with Luongo, one of those resulting in him leaving the game. Canucks outshot the Jets 8-7 in the first.
The Jets were better in the second and had the better chances but could not beat Lack until Evander Kane tied the game at 11:22 on the Jets only power play in the game. Vancouver's PK is first in the NHL. The Jets have now scored eight power play goals in the past seven games (8-24). For Kane, it was his 10th of the season and first power play goal of the season. In the four games since coming off injury, Kane is 3-2-5. Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele assisted on the goals. The assist extends Scheifele's point streak to six, the longest of any Jet this season. He is 3-5-8 over the six games and has 13 points in the last 14 games.
Shots in the second were eight apiece.
The Jets outshot and out-chanced the Canucks in the first half of the third but the game stayed tied until another former Moose, Chris Tanev, scored the game winner on a shot from the high slot. It was his third goal in the last seven games.
Final shots were 25-22 in favour of Vancouver.
The Jets lost Mark Stuart in the third to a lower body injury and his status for Monday's game in Edmonton (TSN Jets, TSN 1290) is not known. For the first time this season Bryan Little has gone three straight games without a point. Olli Jokinen was the busiest face off man winning 61% of the 18 he took, Eric O'Dell won all four of his draws.
“We played a pretty good road game,” acknowledged head coach Claude Noel. “We gave them two power plays in the first which helped them. Our intensity came up in the second, we had real good chances in the third, and the only good chance they had in the third they put it in the net. We could not push it over the hump. We carried the play, but couldn't finish.”
The Jets are in a stretch of six of eight on the road as they head into Edmonton for their final game before the Christmas break.