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Jets go down to Flames in 5-4 shootout

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Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Al Montoya (35) stops the shot from the point as Calgary Flames' Jiri Hudler (24) and Jets' Matt Halischuk (15) look for the rebound during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait:@sstasiuk: Pretty sure that "" is sarcastic. So many shootouts. @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets and Flames going to shootout. ” Good point 7:49 am on Nov 19

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Great lead by my man Ed Tait @WFPEdTait in his #nhljets gamer in today's Freep 7:22 am on Nov 19

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Have to say a loss to the flames is tough to spin positive for #nhljets the flames are a baaaaad hockey team 10:59 pm on Nov 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Driving to regina and listening to #nhljets post-game on #tsn1290 and @wazoowaznyis incredulous 10:26 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets fall to Flames 3-2 in shootout. Sean Monahan wins it in Round 16 of the shootout. 10:06 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets and Flames going to shootout. 9:56 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets and Flames now headed to shootout. HSGotTalent 9:55 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets tie game with 5.6 seconds left on goal by Bryan Little. Good play by Evander Kane to get the shot on goal. 4-4. 9:42 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Shot deflects past Montoya. Now 4-3 Flames over #NHLJets with 3:26 remaining. Hudler with the go ahead goal. 9:37 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets tie it with PP goal by Dustin Byfuglien. The big man is fired up tonight. 3-3. 9:27 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait:@RickRalphTSN: Flames couldn't Berra penalty at this point, but they did, and the #NHLJets go to the power play.” Stop it, Rick :) 9:24 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets heading to the PP. 0-2 on the night. Can it be a difference maker when it matters? 9:22 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Olli Jokinen's harmless looking shot on goal beats screened Berra. 2-2 tie. #NHLJets 9:19 pm on Nov 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: have to like that #nhljets defenceman Keaton Ellerby says no to wrong play every time. Ellerby sees the dangerous pass but makes safe one 9:15 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets Al Montoya just got run over by Lee Stempniak. But up now. 9:12 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets gift-wrapping this one for the Flames. Buff in the box again for tripping. Spent first 4 min in box serving a double minor 9:10 pm on Nov 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: what would a loss to the flames say about the #nhljets? just an off night or something more telling? 9:10 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets trailing the Flames 2-1 after two. Is this one of those games they talk about winning as part of growth but then don't deliver? 8:43 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Period ends with a scrum and Dustin Byfuglien with one hand on two Flames. Some nasty would be welcome in the 3rd by the #NHLJets 8:41 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets out-shooting Flames 30-13, but trailing 2-1. 8:33 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Flames jump ahead 2-1 when TJ Brodie's shot is deflected by Michael Frolik up and over Al Montoya. #NHLJets 8:30 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Dustin Byfuglien picks up an assist on Frolik's goal. He now has four points (2g, 2a) in last three games for #NHLJets. 8:21 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Good work by Michael Frolik and the #NHLJets tie it after he bangs home rebound on Grant Clitsome shot. 1-1 tie. 8:19 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Mike Cammalleri scores for Flames on PP. Now 1-0 Calgary over #NHLJets. 8:16 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets Al Montoya huge save on Lance Bouma on short-handed two on 1. Still scoreless. 8:12 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets going to the PP. Ladislav Smid off for HS. 8:10 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Decent first period for #NHLJets. 0-0, shots 11-5 for Wpg. Devin Setoguchi with three solid chances. 7:44 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets scratches Halischuk, Bogosian and Melchiori. Peluso in. Montoya in goal, Clitsome, Byfuglien, Little, Ladd, Wheeler start. 7:05 pm on Nov 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Czech Federation source tells me #nhljets goalie Ondrej Pavelec and winger Michael Frolik will be named to Czech Olympic team barring injury 7:02 pm on Nov 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets Jacob Trouba on the ice this morning practicing in orange non-contact jersey. 10:34 am on Nov 18

There’s an old saying in sports, cliche as it may be, about a tie being like kissing your sister.

Consider this, then: The point picked up by the Winnipeg Jets in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames Monday night at the MTS Centre must be like kissing your sister with her teeth out, after she just worked through a pack of cigarettes and chowed down a handful of garlic cloves.

"I would love to have made a save there to give our team a chance to win in this building," said goaltender Al Montoya. "It would have been something very exciting.

"But you can’t take away what we did tonight. We came out and played strong on a back-to-back and came away with a point. It’s a big point, but we would have liked to have had two."

Yeah but...

Yes, the Jets managed to pick up a point in a game they never led, rallying four times, including Bryan Little’s equalizer with 5.6 second remaining, but given the opponent — the Flames were 6-11-3 coming in, winless in their last six and just 2-7-1 in the last 10 — this was one the Jets desperately needed to win cleanly.

"It’s a lost point," said Olli Jokinen, who scored his fourth goal of the season against his old club. "We did enough good things to win the game, we were just a little too sloppy in our D-zone, extended our sticks a few times and it cost us a couple of goals. We were able to get a lot of shots, but not enough second and third chances.

"You score four goals, you should be able to win. That’s the bottom line. We gave up too many chances."

The Jets did pepper Reto Berra with 47 shots — Montoya faced 33 — but the quality of chances were probably about even.

 

 

 

Opportunity lost

 

Playing in their fourth shootout in five games, the Jets lost a little love for the extra fun when Sean Monahan, the 16th shooter in the skills competition, beat Montoya for the winner. Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets in the shootout; Joe Colborne and Lee Stempniak beat Montoya before Monahan sealed the deal.

 

Lots of talk, iffy results

 

The Jets have talked often this season about growth and maturity. But the lost point against the Flames, even in the second of back-to-back games, would be seen by most as critical. What stings for the Jets is this: The next two opponents, both at the MTS Centre, are the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild. For those of you scoring at home the Jets are a combined 0-4 against those clubs this season.

Oh, and the Jets are just 3-8-1 vs. the Central Division this season.

"That was a sloppy game by us," said Little, whose game-tying marker was his team-leading 12th goal of the season. "It seemed like we traded a lot of chances with them and got away from our game plan at times. We did do some good things, but some of the chances we gave up and the goals we gave up... I mean, we gave them point-blank chances. We can only ask Monty to bail us out so many times."

The last word

Claude Noel wouldn’t get drawn into a discussion on the officiating, but rather focused on how sloppy his club — playing its third game in four nights — was all over the ice.

"I was watching and wondering how it would go and I wasn’t quite sure," said Noel, "and I wasn’t settled all night. I was uneasy all night on that game. There was no point that I was comfortable, just because of the way we were thinking and the way we were playing.

"There were a lot of things happening out there and I was waiting for stuff to happen... stuff that I hadn’t seen in quite some time. It was very difficult to manage."

 

ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @WFPEdTait

 

History

Updated on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 5:25 PM CST: Adds live blog

7:47 PM: Adds first period score

11:09 PM: Adds gamer story

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