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Jets go postal in Ottawa

Ring three off iron as team's three-game win streak snapped

Ottawa Senators' Cody Ceci, right, and Winnipeg Jets' Adrew Ladd fight for the puck during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa Thursday.
Ottawa Senators' Milan Michalek, left, celebrates a first period goal with teammate Cory Conacher against the Winnipeg Jets Thursday.
Ottawa Senators' Cory Conacher gets roughed up by Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien during second period in Ottawa Thursday.
Ottawa Senators' Craig Anderson gets lucky as the puck bounces off the cross bar and out during second period NHL hockey action against the Winnipeg Jets in Ottawa Thursday.
Ottawa Senators' Clarke MacArthur celebrates his game-winning goal with teammate Kyle Turris as Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd, back, looks on with teammates Dustin Byfuglien, left, and Mark Scheifele during the third period in Ottawa Thursday.
Ottawa Senators' Craig Anderson tries to keep his eye on the puck as teammates Milan Michalek, left to right, Joe Corvo, and Chris Phillips defend against Winnipeg Jets' Olli Jokinen, left to right, Chris Thorburn, and Devin Setoguchi during the third period Thursday.
Ottawa Senators' Mika Zibanejad helps teammate Craig Anderson by making a save as Winnipeg Jets' Olli Jokinen, left, and Chris Thorburn battle it out in front of the net during the third period. The Sens defeated the Jets 4-3.
Ottawa Senators' Cody Ceci, right, and Winnipeg Jets' Adrew Ladd fight for the puck during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa Thursday. - Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press
Ottawa Senators' Milan Michalek, left, celebrates a first period goal with teammate Cory Conacher against the Winnipeg Jets Thursday. - Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press
Ottawa Senators' Cory Conacher gets roughed up by Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien during second period in Ottawa Thursday. - Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press
Ottawa Senators' Craig Anderson gets lucky as the puck bounces off the cross bar and out during second period NHL hockey action against the Winnipeg Jets in Ottawa Thursday. - Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press
Ottawa Senators' Clarke MacArthur celebrates his game-winning goal with teammate Kyle Turris as Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd, back, looks on with teammates Dustin Byfuglien, left, and Mark Scheifele during the third period in Ottawa Thursday. - Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press
Ottawa Senators' Craig Anderson tries to keep his eye on the puck as teammates Milan Michalek, left to right, Joe Corvo, and Chris Phillips defend against Winnipeg Jets' Olli Jokinen, left to right, Chris Thorburn, and Devin Setoguchi during the third period Thursday. - Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press
Ottawa Senators' Mika Zibanejad helps teammate Craig Anderson by making a save as Winnipeg Jets' Olli Jokinen, left, and Chris Thorburn battle it out in front of the net during the third period. The Sens defeated the Jets 4-3. - Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press

OTTAWA -- Take your pick of reasons why the Winnipeg Jets' three-game winning streak was snapped.

Lack of offence? Mistakes on defence? A post or three? Were things just a little off? A lot off?

Ottawa Senators' Clarke MacArthur celebrates his game-winning goal with teammate Kyle Turris as Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd, back, looks on with teammates Dustin Byfuglien, left, and Mark Scheifele during the third period in Ottawa Thursday. The Sens defeated the Jets 4-3.

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Ottawa Senators' Clarke MacArthur celebrates his game-winning goal with teammate Kyle Turris as Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd, back, looks on with teammates Dustin Byfuglien, left, and Mark Scheifele during the third period in Ottawa Thursday. The Sens defeated the Jets 4-3.

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Senator Milan Michalek celebrates a first-period goal with Ottawa teammate Cory Conacher.

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Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS Senator Milan Michalek celebrates a first-period goal with Ottawa teammate Cory Conacher.

Whichever one or more you'd choose, it led to a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Ottawa Senators Thursday night at Canadian Tire Centre.

It certainly wasn't quite as diligent as their defensive concentration that played a part in previous victories.

Factor in the clanking of three goalposts, and Winnipeg is back to that virtual .500 magnet at 19-19-5.

"It wasn't our best game," said Jets centre Olli Jokinen, who had his 10th goal of the season. "I would like to say a little (off) but I think it was more, from our standards, a lot off.

"The last eight periods before this game you can say we played pretty well. But I think as a group we were thinking we can still go better than that. I think we took a step back tonight."

The Jets could never get ahead on Thursday, rallying twice to tie the score and send this one to the third period in a 2-2 deadlock.

"I thought the third period we just didn't, collectively as a group, play the way we have these last couple of games," said left-winger Evander Kane, who also had a goal Thursday. "We didn't pressure. We didn't spend as much time as we wanted to in the other team's zone and that's what happens when you play that neutral-zone game. You get caught in your own zone. Mistakes and breakdowns, they hurt you.

"Again, though, we had three posts that could have gone in and been a different game. That's the way it goes."

Iron issues

THE posts that didn't go the Jets' way belonged to Kane in the first period, Anthony Peluso in the second and Chris Thorburn in the third. All would have put the visitors ahead.

Thorburn's was the beginning of the game's turning point. His shot beat Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson and went off the inside of the left pipe and out. It led straight to Cory Conacher's breakaway, which Jets goalie Al Montoya saved, but on the ensuing faceoff, Sens centre Zack Smith beat Bryan Little cleanly then ticked Marc Methot's point shot for the goal that launched Ottawa into the lead for good.

Fourth-line production

WINNIPEG'S fourth line ended the game a plus-one for creating the play -- in particular Eric Tangradi's net-front presence -- that led to Dustin Byfuglien's eighth goal of the season.

"They've been playing pretty well for us," Noel said. "They certainly are doing their part. Peluso got in the fight and they managed to get an offensive play created from a point shot. They've been doing their part, playing pretty well."

Power blackout

THE Jets were a clean two for two on the penalty kill but for the first time this season, they were afforded no power plays in a game. They've had four games with one power play.

It's hard to believe, given what gets nit-picked for minor penalties these days.

"A disappointing thing for me is that through that whole game, we can't manage to get a power play," groused Noel. "That could become the difference in the game. It's hard to believe that you end up with nothing there."

His team's own fault?

"It's a combination," Noel said. "You've got to force the other team. When you go to the net, you put a lot of pucks to the net, it forces teams to check you a lot closer.

"I didn't think we did that enough with all the lines."

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

 

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 3, 2014 C1

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