Beyak: Jets out-chance Islanders but fall in overtime

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Dennis Beyak
3/5/2014 1:19:34 AM
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New York Islanders 3 Winnipeg Jets 2 OT (Jets 30-26-7, home 15-11-5) – With the point, the Jets moved to within one point of Dallas for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but also find Phoenix tied with them, as the Coyotes beat Vancouver.

Andrew Ladd opened the scoring, his 16th of the season. The goal coming off a faceoff with Bryan Little picking up the assist. Colin McDonald tied the game late in the period and the first period ended 1-1, the Islanders outshooting the Jets 13-9.

New York took the lead early in the second with Andres Lee scoring. Lee went in on a breakaway but was stopped by Ondrej Pavelec, however Lee batted the rebound out of mid-air and after video review the call on the ice stood. Shots in the second were 17-7 in favour of the Jets but they could not beat Anders Nilsson.

Jets did tie the game at 14:53 of the third, Ladd scored on a breakaway for his second of the game and 17th of the year. Olli Jokinen had the only assist, the goal coming with the teams playing four on four. The Jets pressed and had some chances but despite outshooting the Islanders 11-5 in the period, it was off to overtime.

Jets again had the better chances before Michael Grabner scored on a breakaway to end it. The goal coming at 3:51 of overtime.

Ladd has now scored five goals in his last six games and six goals in the last 10 games. Zach Bogosian led the Jets in ice time at 26:22. Since the arrival of Paul Maurice, Bogosian is the leader in average ice time at over 25 minutes per game. He also led the Jets in shots on goal with six, tying a season high. Final shots on goal were 38-27. Another turning point in the game was the Jets going zero-for-five on the power play.

The Jets also lost Mark Scheifele with a lower body injury, after he went knee on knee with Calvin de Haan.  De Haan received a two minute tripping penalty on the play. Scheifele will be further evaluated Wednesday. Chris Thorburn was also shaken up after a first period fight with Matt Martin.

The Islanders traded Andrew MacDonald earlier in the day, and scratched Thomas Vanek, the expectation being that Vanek will be traded as well.

For Paul Maurice it was his 1100th regular season game as an NHL coach, and he had this to say about the game. "We came out very tight. I don't have the answers for you as to why. We did not take that team lightly. You've got almost a group of guys that at times you wonder if they care too much, they really do. You could feel it tighten as they went. A lot of strange plays with the puck out there that I don't have an answer for how it happened. The power play was tight and things that are easy to do, weren't. We'd relax, the chatter would pick up and we'd play better. Handling all this and the injury is the challenge now.  Our brains were going a hundred miles per hour and our feet were not. So we take this point, five of six since the break and move on. We weren't winning our last 21 games."

Jets play host to Los Angeles Thursday (TSN 1290), and Ottawa Saturday afternoon (TSN 1290).

Nilsson stops Wheeler (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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