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JNGD 15 Instant Recap: Leaving Las Vegas With A Loss

They say “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” but unfortunately this loss will stick with the Jets for at least the next 24 hours as they went into tonight’s game feeling good, but came out flat and ended up on the losing end of a 5-2 loss against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Simply put, the Jets were bad in this game. No doubt give the Golden Knights some credit as they play a fast game that forces opposing teams to make mistakes but it shouldn’t have been anything more than what a regular Jets club wouldn’t have been able to handle.

That said, the Jets we saw tonight were sluggish and handled the puck like a live grenade at the best of times. Connor Hellebuyck finally had an off night managing only 16 saves on 21 shots faced – the first two goals against are likely ones he should not be giving up at all. Overall though he lacked any help from his defense or the forwards who had all kinds of issues with zone entries.

The Jets thankfully get to do it all over again Saturday night in Arizona as they’ll play the Coyotes and hopefully put this mess behind them.

As always share your thoughts on which players you liked (Patrik Laine was taking shots every chance he had to make them and Brandon Tanev picked up a helper and was being a pretty effective pest) and which players you didn’t like (take your pick.. The top line wasn’t good, Byfuglien and Kulikov were making questionable plays all over the place). Sound off in the comments below!

Scoring Summary

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How did they CORSI?

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  • Suiteswing

    That’s quite the 1st intermission pep talk that Maurice has for his charges. They’ve won the 2nd period, what, one time in the past 2 years? Maybe he should be a motivational speaker.

  • The Jets lose to a team they should beat. Again their lack of a defensive system hurt them. They give up too many high quality shots in their own end and Helly can only face so many good shots before they start going in. They had better blow out the Coyotes or I fear its going to be another year of two steps forward two steps back.

    • BringtheFire 2.0

      Dude. I’ve watched a lot of hockey this year. Jets included. You have a solid d-core and the most underrated-speedwise-forward group in the NHL. It’s a little early to be throwing in the towel. In fact, if it’s a white towel, save it for the playoffs.