Sharks take late bite out of Jets
San Jose scores winner with 4.5 seconds left
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This one’s going to leave a mark. With a faceoff in their own zone with eight seconds left in regulation time of a 2-2 game, the Winnipeg Jets went for a loose puck and missed.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks did not, firing a high shot past Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson with 4.5 seconds to play, deciding a night-long nail-biter 3-2 in favour of the Sharks.
It sent the 15,016 at the MTS Centre home on a downer and left the Jets with a 1-3 mark on their four-game homestand.
“It stings when you have eight seconds left and you want to get that to overtime,” said Jets captain Andrew Ladd. “So yeah, it stings.”
Ladd had one of the two power-play goals tallied by the Jets, pulling him into a tie for the team lead at 15 with linemate Bryan Little.
Jay Harrison had the tying goal on a third-period power play at 4:03 and the Jets, though outshot 37-19, battled hard through a night of penalties and a determined opponent that was coming off a 7-2 shellacking by the St. Louis Blues.
The last play, a scrambled faceoff between Joe Pavelski of San Jose and the Jets’ Little, fell for the Sharks.
“It’s going to sting tonight but we don’t have time to sit here and sulk,” Ladd said. “We’ll chalk it up as a learning experience and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
By failing to get to overtime and earn at least a point, the Jets (20-13-7) stood still in Monday’s only NHL game and watched the Sharks (21-14-5) jump up to tie them at 47 points in the Western Conference standings.
Each team has played 40 games.
With their depleted lineup, the Jets are into more kicking, clawing and jamming pucks out of their own end these days.
It wasn’t pretty again in a game against a team with a well-drilled system.
Chances to the net were at a premium, but you can say this about the Jets, they improved a lacklustre first period and first half of the game by pushing harder in the second and beyond, getting some action around Sharks goalie Antti Niemi.
“I’ve got to be careful about saying this but we’ve got five guys (missing) off our back end and I don’t think that’s the difference in the game tonight but it’s not going to look the same,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said after the game, noting the absence of Toby Enstrom, Zach Bogosian, Jacob Trouba, Mark Stuart and now Grant Clitsome. “So expecting us to come out and dominate the San Jose Sharks is not going to happen.
“The things we didn’t like about the game are the things we hold dear to us. You’ll see some parts of games that don’t look great. That’s what happens when five guys are down. So we have things that are important to us on a really consistent basis this year and it wasn’t quite there for the first 30.”
Referee Brian Pochmara returned to the MTS Centre after a very poor outing on New Year’s Eve when he and his partner were unable to detect multiple embellishments.
The fans were equally unimpressed Monday. In the first three minutes, the Jets had three penalties and the Sharks had an opening power-play goal. Winnipeg had three penalties to finish the game and the power plays ended 7-3 for San Jose, and 12:01 to 4:18 of power play time.
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Updated on Monday, January 5, 2015 12:31 PM CST: Writethru, headline updated.
Updated on Monday, January 5, 2015 7:50 PM CST: Updates headline with first-period score.
Updated on Monday, January 5, 2015 8:43 PM CST: Updates headline with second-period score.
Updated on Monday, January 5, 2015 9:17 PM CST: Adds slideshow
Updated on Monday, January 5, 2015 9:44 PM CST: Updates with final score
Updated on Monday, January 5, 2015 9:55 PM CST: Replaces pre-game story with Canadian Press post-gamer.
Updated on Monday, January 5, 2015 11:55 PM CST: Replaces CP post-gamer with Free Press post-game story.