Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Penguins quick on the draw

Jokinen wins faceoff but Pittsburgh capitalizes

  • Print
Penguins sniper James Neal (18) celebrates after his second goal.

GENE J. PUSKAR / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Enlarge Image

Penguins sniper James Neal (18) celebrates after his second goal.

PITTSBURGH -- He slammed his stick in anger, skated swiftly to the bench and sat down in a huff.

Winnipeg Jets centre Olli Jokinen had just won a defensive-zone faceoff from Sidney Crosby and two seconds later, the puck was behind Jets goalie Al Montoya for the winning goal.

That's because Penguins winger Chris Kunitz darted into the faceoff circle behind Jokinen, slapped the puck back to defenceman Olli Maatta, who passed to partner Matt Niskanen, who took the quick shot that eluded Montoya.

It was one of many things that went wrong for the Jets in their 6-5 run-and-gun loss to the Penguins on Sunday.

"I thought I won the faceoff and I don't know what happened after that," Jokinen said after the defeat, much calmer than he had appeared to be on the ice. "I turned and the puck was in the back of the net. But they do that a lot. They get their inside winger jumping in case they lose the faceoff.

"It happened three, four times before that. So it's a set play for them and they have options, win or lose (the draw). All their guys, five guys, you see them talking before every faceoff.

"They have a plan every faceoff, what to do. That's their play."

Rather than rant and rave, Jokinen just went on the facts after the Jets' third straight defeat.

"That's one of the most talented teams in the league," he said. "You can't try to outscore them. You've got to find the way to play the good defence. On a few goals, they made us look pretty bad. But we're not the first team and we won't be the last team they do that (to)."

 

Respect: less is more

Jets left-winger Evander Kane had complained after Saturday's loss in Boston his team might have given the powerful Bruins too much respect.

He thought the Jets did better in that area on Sunday.

"I did. I thought we came out and tried to play on offence and got after their skilled guys," Kane said after scoring twice against Pittsburgh. "(Though) they still had good nights."

Kane was happy with the way rookie Mark Scheifele went head-to-head with Sidney Crosby. Before the game he told Scheifele to stand tall.

"I said, 'I don't care who he is, get after him,' and he did a good job, won that first faceoff. Little things like that were good, but like I said, we just made too many mistakes."

Kane made it clear he was just trying to mentor Scheifele.

"I wanted to make sure he wasn't star struck," he said. "I told him I'd hit him if he was."

The winger, now with 14 goals, just two back of Blake Wheeler's team-leading 16, frowned about the Jets blowing period leads of 2-0 and 5-4.

"Our puck management in the third period wasn't very good," he said.

 

Finding a way

The Penguins had cause to be concerned about their own defensive habits on Sunday, but all of that's a little easier to take with the horses in Pittsburgh's stable.

"Had some doubt tonight (we'd win), but no matter what the score is, with the guys we have, we can always come back," said winning goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

"This team (is) finding a way a lot of different ways," said coach Dan Bylsma. "This one, from a defensive standpoint, wasn't our best in a lot of areas but we came out after the first period and got back in it with a power-play goal.

"We came out in the third having to find a way to win and this team has done that... right down to Marc-Andre Fleury making a spectacular save at the end."

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 6, 2014 C2

History

Updated on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:03 AM CST: Fixes score after first period.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Cheapskate: Cheap summer weekends

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • The sun peers through the fog to illuminate a tree covered in hoar frost near Headingley, Manitoba Thursday- Standup photo- February 02, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • MIKE APORIUS/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS STANDUP - pretty sunflower in field off HWY 206 near Bird's Hill Park Thursday August 09/2007

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

How surpised are you by the Bombers’ 4-1 start to the season?

View Results

Ads by Google