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A loss the Jets can live with

Dominant third against Sens consolation for Jets in shootout loss

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This article was published 5/11/2015 (1612 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

OTTAWA — Flawless? No. Forceful? Yes.

And that’s the reason the Winnipeg Jets could take some satisfaction from Thursday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (55) collides with Ottawa Senators' Curtis Lazar during the second period Thursday. The Jets erased a 2-0 deficit in the game, but fell 3-2 in a shootout.

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Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (55) collides with Ottawa Senators' Curtis Lazar during the second period Thursday. The Jets erased a 2-0 deficit in the game, but fell 3-2 in a shootout.

The Jets kicked it into gear for the third period, running the show for most of the period to tie the game on a Dustin Byfuglien goal.

Then they controlled the puck for the majority of the overtime but couldn’t beat Craig Anderson, who made 20 saves between the third period and five-minute three-on-three.

The Sens scored on all three of their shootout attempts to take the extra point and their second home win of the season.

The Jets settled for the loser point, finishing their road trip 2-1-1 to get to 8-4-2 for the season.

Apart from Byfuglien’s large game, the three-on-three was again the topic of the night for the Jets.

"You enjoy it half the time," said Jets coach Paul Maurice. "We had good control of the puck. So I enjoyed it for half the time.

"I get it, I get the excitement of it. For me, how much cotton candy do you give your kids? At some point you have to say, ‘enough.’ I think I could have walked out of that game as a fan after the three-on-three and said, ‘Tie it up boys, everybody goes home happy.’ And you’d talk about that game all the way home.

"Clearly the shootout wasn’t that exciting for us. But I thought there was enough cotton candy there for everybody tonight that we didn’t need that toffee after."

The rally: The Jets didn’t look great for two periods and fell behind 2-0 on goals by Cody Ceci and Bobby Ryan.

They were far from poor and really seemed to get a spark from Andrew Ladd’s goal with 2:41 left in the second, and then it was the Jets in control for much of the rest of the way... until the penalty shots.

The point gives the Jets a mark of 0-2-2 when trailing after two periods this season.

Schedule stress: The Jets are now well on the road into one tough November.

They scurried home after Thursday’s game to get ready for a brief stop in Winnipeg — Saturday’s contest at the MTS Centre against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Then it’s back to the road for four more through the Central Division, part of the team’s 10-road-game month.

One thing to be said about what’s already in the books — the Jets have already knocked off half of their road games this season against the Eastern Conference.

Back to Hutch: Maurice went back to Michael Hutchinson Thursday night, and aside from losing Ceci’s high first-period shot, Hutchinson brought his ‘A’ game back after being yanked after four goals on nine shots Sunday in Montreal.

His record fell to 4-1-1 on the season with 29 saves, but he had way more of a fighting chance against the Sens than he did in Montreal, where most everything went wrong.

Hutchinson bailed his team out several times during the actual hockey part of the evening, including excellence against Curtis Lazar and Kyle Turris late in regulation time and an Erik Karlsson breakaway in overtime.

More points: Blake Wheeler collected an assist on Ladd’s second-period marker, giving him 17 points in 14 games this season, leading the Jets.

Wheeler has earned scoring points in 12 of the team’s 14 games this season.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 8:18 AM CST: Fixes headline, formats text

9:35 PM: Update story.

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