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JNGD.S8.G12 Instant Recap: Jets Blow Third Period Lead In Loss To Leafs

It’s maybe just as well the Jets are leaving the country / continent tonight. This seems like the perfect time to go to Europe really. The Jets can take in some sights of Finland, play a little hockey and perhaps do a little soul searching and finding themselves and just where these third period leads are going.

The Jets again get caught not playing a full 60 minute game as the Leafs came to life in the third period down two, rallying for a 3-2 win. It’s the second time this season the Jets have held a multi-goal lead to start the final period and ended up losing.

TALKING POINTS

  • For all the talk of Patrik Laine being on the fourth line tonight, he played 16:06 which was the sixth highest total for Jets forwards, so it obviously didn’t last long. In fact outside of the Lowry/Copp/Tanev line, Paule Maurice continued to shuffle lines around a fair amount in this game. Clearly he doesn’t like what he’s seeing from any line right now.
  • Tyler Myers at least one time every game will let a puck get past him as he tried to hold it in the Jets offensive zone and it will almost always lead to an odd man rush the other way. You can almost set your watch to it.
  • The Jets at least came out for the start of the game and played well which was a nice change of pace, but with that said they still gave up more scoring chances in the first period by a 9-6 margin and were only even with them in that category in the second period with seven each. The third period as you can well imagine the Jets gave up 12 scoring chances (seven of them of the high danger quality) and only managed seven themselves.
  • Nik Ehlers is going to score on a breakaway one of these days and when he does, I think we should have a parade.
  • The Jets have now scored a power play goal in eight straight games. So that’s a positive at least.
  • Poor Connor Hellebuyck. Up until that third period he was having himself a decent game, but all three goals against in the third period kind of fall into “that’s a save you’d like to have” category and instead of a shutout or praise over a 30 save victory, he has a .907 save percentage hung on him and more questions remain about his play right now.

THE BOX SCORE

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HIGHLIGHTS

First Period

Second Period

Third Period

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME

For Toronto: Mitch Marner – A thorn in the side of the Jets tonight with two more assists to bring his points streak to three games.

For Winnipeg: Kyle Connor – Continues to be quite good at this hockey thing scoring yet again on the power play

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  • JN

    Unless something changes and fast, they are NOT contenders. I wish the media would stop this BS. They are a no where like the team they were last year and Laine is becoming a very huge disappointment. Hellebuyck is a shadow of what he was last year. If things don’t get better soon is will be a very long season and the same old, same old wated season from the Jets.

  • This season the Jets seem to play not to lose instead of playing to win. Too worried about getting back on defense instead of using their skill to dominate the play in their opponents zone. Players like Laine and Ehlers seem to be afraid to make mistakes defensively that they rarely take chances in the offensive zone. Every line just plays dumps and chase hockey and it is rare to see them score on a rush. Maybe this philosophy will be successful in the playoffs, if they make it.

  • LAKID

    The Hellebuyck signing was moronic but not as bad as the Wheeler contract, Chevy will be fired for those two overpays and will be put in a cap situation once He has to sign Laine. Terrible cap management and next Trouba will dictate where he wants to be traded to. Paying a one season wonder over 6M? what a joke. The Jets had something there so they better make it happen NOW.