Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Leafs Complete Comeback, Down Jets In Shootout 4-3
For the second time this season, the Winnipeg Jets met a Canadian foe at the Air Canada Centre Wednesday night in the Toronto Maple Leafs.
But for the first time, they would go to extra time.
The Jets would get on the board first at 9:49 of the first period on the power play, no less, as Tobias Enstrom's point shot had eyes through a screen on Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler.
Joffrey Lupul would tie the game not even two minutes later on a bullet of a shot from the blocker side of Ondrej Pavelec.
In the second, the Jets would go ahead again 2:27 into the period on Alexander Burmistrov's first goal from a great pass from behind the net from linemate Nik Antropov.
The Jets would go up 3-1 on the power play again as Mark Scheifele would pounce on a rebound on the blocker side of James Reimer at 7:53 for his first career NHL goal.
In the third period, the Jets would find themselves in penalty trouble and the Leafs would make them pay as Lupul would pot his second of the game with Zach Bogosian in the box.
Not even a half minute later Phil Kessel would score his seventh of the season 12th point of the season to tie the game with Derek Meech in the penalty box.
The rest of the game would not prove anything as the teams went to overtime.
Lupul would put the Leafs up in the shootout on the Leafs second shot.
Kyle Wellwood and Burmistrov would both miss and Matt Frattin would put the game on ice for the win in the shootout.
Pavelec made 20 saves on 23 shots.
Byfuglien had two assists and finished as a +1 with three shots, two blocked shots, and one hit during 29:26 of ice time.
Ladd, Little, and Wheeler had over 20 minutes each on the night.
Scheifele would have 10:27 of ice time and score his first career NHL goal.
Jets travel down the road to Ottawa for tomorrow night's game against Ottawa.