JN Recap – Power-Play Stays Quiet and Bounces Cost Winnipeg in 4-1 Loss to Boston

Nineteen seconds. That was the amount of time the Winnipeg Jets held a 1-0 lead, and after that, they wouldn’t score again. Not only did bounces not go the Jets’ way, but their power-play unit was dead silent.

Let’s talk about how they did overall.

Game Thoughts

Blake Wheeler scored a beauty of a breakaway goal to open the game on a positive note. Unfortunately, the team did not maintain momentum like it should have, and seconds later, the score was knotted at one. After that, Winnipeg looked unable to recover from Dominic Moore’s game-tying strike.

Despite the loss and underwhelming 44 percent in the faceoff dot, the Jets didn’t look too shabby. They outshot the Bruins 35-25, and also managed 24 hits against the big, bad Bruins. It was just unfortunate that the Bruins’ seemed to benefit from good puck luck, as well as outstanding play from Tuukka Rask between the pipes.

  • The Jets spent too much time in the box Monday, especially during the third period. This not only forced Winnipeg to stay in their defensive zone but took away any kind of comeback opportunity going forward.
  • At least, however, Winnipeg’s penalty kill looked good. They only allowed five shots on the power play, and Boston went 0 for 4, unable to make anything of their chances. In the end, they’d be lucky bounces that won them the game.
  • When Winnipeg got their chance on the man advantage, they made nothing of it. However, the Jets did look a bit stronger and applied more pressure, putting 14 shots on net when they were 5 on 4. In the end, it led to nothing, but gave them more chances. On the contrary, they did surrender a shorthanded goal, which was not impressive by any means. Winnipeg is 1 for 13 this season after finishing dead last in power play success in 2015-16.
  • Though Byfuglien skated 30:05 and continues to take on big minutes, he didn’t look too impressive Monday. Sure, he had four shots and five hits, but he was a minus-2 and gave away the puck four times. He also didn’t contribute much to the man advantage but skated 5:20 on the power play.
  • Winnipeg seems to not like having Patrik Laine on the power play. Which I don’t really understand, considering he could probably be part of the solution to their scoring woes. He did, however, get nearly 20 minutes of ice time, managing two shots and two hits. The Jets should use him more.
  • Connor Hellebuyck wasn’t the most impressive. He stopped all five shots faced when the Jets were on the penalty kill but surrendered 15 goals on 19 shots, including a shorthanded tally and two Chara strikes.

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On Ice Events – Away Team – BOSTON BRUINS

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  • Brock Landers

    The fact some delusional Jets fans think the management values Myers over Trouba is just sad. The reason Trouba hasn’t been traded yet just shows how much they value him. Myers is actually WILLING TO PLAY for the Jets. Trouba’s request has about 5% to do with playing off-side and 95% to do with a distaste for living in the Peg (BFF Bogo traded after all) and a toxic combo of delusional parents and a doucher agent.

      • Dr. Rocktopus

        Could simply have been a question of fit. Trouba did a better job of carrying Stuart than Myers could (no question Trouba is the more versatile player), so Trouba got stuck in 3rd pairing because it made the team better. The fact that Trouba was consistently used in the top pairing with Buff in crisis situations (chasing a game, etc.) instead of Myers or anyone else suggests that they valued Trouba very highly indeed.

        I also can’t blame the Jets for wanting to play Trouba in the 1LHD spot this season for the same reason.

        Trouba – Buff
        Enstrom – Myers
        Chiarot – Postma

        is a better D Corps than

        Enstrom – Buff
        Chiarot – Trouba
        Stuart – Myers

        All of this, of course, in the absence of the knowledge that Morrissey would be ready and able to step in to the top pairing and jive really nicely. Had Trouba come into training camp, with Morrissey looking as good as he did, it may well have turned out something like this:

        Morrissey – Buff
        Enstrom – Trouba
        Chiarot – Myers