Monday, October 17, 2011

Jets Grab First Win Of Season 2-1 Over Penguins

The Winnipeg Jets would race out of the game early in the first period as Kyle Wellwood would cash in on a quick tic-tac-toe passing play eight seconds into the game to make it 1-0 with his second goal of the season.

Throughout the first, the Penguins threatened with all seven of their shots, but the two good chances for the Penguins were a missed open net and the other was denied by Ondrej Pavelec.

Tanner Glass would be the recipient of a beautiful pass from Alexander Burmistrov with 1:33 left in the opening frame for his first of the season to make it 2-0 Jets.

Pavelec was the story of the second period as he made a barrage of robbery saves, including a save on Richard Park on a 2-on-1 with under minutes left.

However, the Penguins would get on the board with 1:38 left in the period on a point shot that made it through despite Arron Asham interfering with Pavelec.

Despite the late goal, Pavelec made 13 saves on 14 Pittsburgh shots in the middle frame.

In the third, the Jets had two powerplay opportunities but could not cash.

With under five remaining, the Penguins got a powerplay after Chris Kunitz was tripped up in the corner. The Jets would kill that penalty off as Alexander Burmistrov was robbed on a penalty kill breakaway.

With the Penguins net empty for the last minute, the Jets killed the clock as they win their first game of the season to improve to 1-3-0 on the season.

First star Pavelec made 28 saves for his first win of the season and first career win over the Penguins.

Enstrom logged the most ice time of all players with 26:33 due to an injury to Ron Hainsey. Byfuglien logged 24:14, Bogosian 22:59, and Burmistrov logged 21:07.

Burmistrov ended the game with two assists and a +2 rating during 27 shifts.

Bryan Little was better in the faceoff circle, winning 11 of 21 faceoffs.

Mark Scheifele only had 7:06 of ice time over 12 shifts, winning three of five faceoffs.

The Jets now take to the road for two straight games in Ottawa and Toronto.

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