Jets on a Deadline: Jets v. Blackhawks–October 13, 2011

Posted by Drew Mindell in Game Recaps,Winnipeg Jets on October 13, 2011 — 4 Comments

The first ten minutes of the Winnipeg Jets second game provided a tantalizing taste of what this team could become, when all cylinders are firing. Hard work in the corners, controlling the flow of play resulted in two Jim Slater goals, giving the Winnipeg Jets their first lead of this young hockey season. The second ten minutes, however, were a cautionary tale in what could happen to this team throughout the season as they face off against more talented opponents like the Chicago Blackhawks. Two Blackhawks goals, from Andrew Brunette on the power-play and on a nifty one-timer by Patrick Kane potted the score at two apiece.

The second period began where the first one left off, as the Blackhawks scored thirty three seconds in off a shot from the point by Marion Hossa. The Jets were on their heels, and needed to recapture the energy they started the game with, before the deficit grew larger and out of reach. After a power-play failed to capitalize, despite having to go to video review to eyeball a potential goal that was eventually ruled not a goal, the Blackhawks took a 2 goal lead on a shot by David Bolland that Ondrej Pavelec simply has to save. He had made the first save, the Jets failed to clear the zone, and on the next shot, it squeaked through him for a two goal Blackhawks lead. Before the second period ended, the Jets got one of the goals back, as Kyle Welwood put one past Ray Emery, redeeming himself after he tripped over the blue line on a breakaway earlier in the second period. With twenty minutes to go, the Jets were one shot away from equalizing this contest, against a much more talented Blackhawks team.

The first ten minutes of the third period was very much like two boxers stalking one another in the ring. Neither party did much of anything for fear of leaving themselves susceptible to a knockout punch. For the Blackhawks, that tactic is fine as they were the ones with the one goal lead. For the Jets, they had to pick up the pace, given that they were trailing by the one goal. When there were opportunities, the Blackhawks had the best of them, and Ondrej Pavelec had his best period as a Winnipeg Jet, making a number of key saves to keep the margin of deficit one goal. As the Jets furiously pressed for the tying goal, they ran into a roadblock by the name of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, and couldn’t slip the equalizing goal past Ray Emery. The last gasp attempt went for naught and at the end of the evening’s festivities, the Jets found themselves on the losing end of a 4-3 game. For those seeking a silver lining, the Jets had a much better performance, in all aspects than the opening night jitters that were on full display on Sunday versus the Habs. The better team won tonight, but for Jets fans, there was reason for optimism at the end of the night.

Final Score:

Blackhawks 4

Jets 3

3 stars:

1)      Patrick Kane

2)      Jim Slater

3)      Duncan Keith

Next game: Winnipeg at Phoenix, 6:00 PM, Saturday October 15, 2011

 

 

  • http://twitter.com/TBonnar Timothy Bonnar

    This first ten minutes weren’t that great either. The Hawks were out chancing and shooting us… We just had two go in. On the whole I thought the last game looked better than this one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504326040 Mike Florence

    And I think you’re crazy. Damn gingers. I thought that while most of the game wasn’t much better than the Habs game, there were flashes. I liked the pressure the Jets applied on the PK (much better than sitting back in a small passive box letting them pass it around). I was also relieved the Jets didn’t try so many long, bad passes when attacking. Those haven’t been very successful for us so far. More short passes are needed to move it up the ice. What I’m finding most frustrating is the Jets aren’t challenging anyone coming into their zone. They’re just letting the other team skate in and pass it around like they’re on a PP.

    Also, if Byfuglien and Bogosian are going to insist on constantly getting trapped up the ice maybe Noel should play them as forwards instead.

    Sorry Schiefele…you’re not showing any reason why you shouldn’t go back to the minors.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com M Remis

    Nice recap Drew. If you look at the positives the Jets improved from Sunday scoring three goals and only giving up four. Hopefully they can pick up their first win Saturday in Phoenix (Glendale).

  • http://twitter.com/ICrichyp Richard Pollock

    Still left lots to be desired.  Evander Kane needs to be moved up to play with Burmistrov, or someone else, as his line didn’t do much.