It was what it was, and now it’s over. The Anaheim Ducks have swept the Jets.
Bryan Little opened up the scoring for the Jets to a very loud cheer, only to have Emerson Etem tie it up a few minutes later.
The Jets stepped up the pressure early in the second, holding the Ducks without a shot for the first seven and a bit minutes of play. Frederik Andersen stood strong though, shutting the door and weathering the storm. Not long thereafter Andrew Cogliano scored his first goal of the series to give the Ducks the lead.
Early in the third Ryan Kesler –the thorn in the Jets side– picked up his second goal for the extra insurance. It seemed like all was lost at this point, but the Jets did not give up. Mark Stuart brought the Jets within one.
It was not meant to be though, as Ryan Kessler picked up the goal on the empty net, eliminating the Jets from the playoffs.
Staff(ord) Infection – There has been an on going pattern in the playoffs (and the regular season too) with whatever line Drew Stafford is on tends to get obscenely pinned in their own zone, a lot. Why? I’m not sure. I know why he’s not a good two-way player: he struggles with inside position, puck support, defensive assignments, and board battles. Still, his impact has been noticeably terrible.
Not so #Pavelectric – In typical Pavelecian fashion, Ondrej Pavelec finishes the season with three Really Bad Starts, no Quality Starts, and no games in between. Overall Pavelec finished the post season with a 0.891 save percentage. You cannot single out the goaltender on a team that was outshot too often (something rare for the Jets) but you will not go anywhere with a 0.891 save percentage.
This is only the beginning – The Jets may be done for the season but they are not done. They have most of the quality players signed for the long run and a pretty decent prospect cupboard looking to come in and make some noise. To next year!
Charts and Stuff
Jets Individual 5v5 individual statistics:
Individual scoring chances (iSC), shot attempt differential (Corsi +/-), non-blocked shot attempt differential (Fen +/-), and offensive zone face off as percentage of all non-neutral zone face-offs:
Shot attempt chart for all minutes:
Shot location chart:
Another sad day (sorry I used this too often but I love this gif).