So, we usually start these game recaps with some analysis of the game and a brief recap of what happened.
However, for this game, I feel like it’s appropriate to start out with a graph.
I mean, that about says it all, right?
The Winnipeg Jets lose to the Washington Capitals 5-3 at the Verizon Center.
The Jets really seemed to turn a corner after consecutive wins against the Vancouver Canucks and Arizona Coyotes. However, they’ve followed up those inspiring efforts with completely lackluster performances against the Colorado Avalanche and tonight against the Capitals.
It started off poorly right off the bat when Justin Williams was able to bang home a rebound off the boards short-side just 1:12 into the game. I know Bryan Little is not a defenseman, but he needs to stay with Williams and tie up his stick on that one.
The Jets and Capitals would go back and forth trading goals. Williams’ opening goal was countered by Tyler Myers goal where he demonstrated great patience and whipped one past Brayden Holtby.
Andrew Ladd would give the Jets their only lead of the game when he ripped home a one-timer off a feed from Blake Wheeler.
The Caps would tie the game when Alex Ovechkin gathered a pass in his feet and got the shot off in no time and sniped it short-side on Hutchinson. I saw a lot of criticism for Hutch on that one, but that was a play that possibly only Ovechkin could make.
Despite being out-shot 15-6 in the first, the Jets managed to be tied with the Capitals 2-2 heading into the second.
The Capitals didn’t dominate as much in the second, but they still controlled much of the play.
The defense didn’t do much to help out Hutch in this one. Nate Schmidt was able to feed a puck across the ice, through the top of the blue pain and connect with Nick Backstrom’s stick uncontested for a go-ahead goal.
Mattieu Perreault tied the game once again with a snipe from the right has marks on the power play, only to lose the lead just 2:31 later when Dmitry Orlov beat Hutch blocker-side with a blast from the point.
The Caps would add one more late in the third period when Byfuglien turned the puck over in the neutral zone to Marcus Johannson who fed Evgeny Kuznetsov on a breakaway and slid the puck back-hand, five-hole on Hutch.
Hutchinson has definitely played better games, but his team really hung him out to dry in this one.
The Jets will be in action again Friday against the Minnesota Wild in Minnesota. It will be the first of a back to back, so we will most likely see Connor Hellebuyck in one of those games this weekend.
YOUR HOT TAEKS
— crazycanuck (@Bluesmanfore) November 26, 2015
There are better options. They’re playing in Manitoba, New Jersey and Calgary right now.
@nhljetsnation ehlers has to be with better players. There’s nothing we can do. Frolik, tlusty or stempniak should have been that right
— Jordan Mancini (@JordanMancini17) November 26, 2015
— Sergei Enigmatov (@Pitty_Da_Fool) November 26, 2015
They say a picture says a thousand words. I say this picture says a thousand words that would make your grandmother wash your mouth out with soap.
CHARTS AND STUFF
Individual 5v5 numbers all minutes.
— JetsNation (@nhljetsnation) November 26, 2015
Samesies, Chris. Samesies.