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It was the beginning of a tough hockey session for any team, not to mention a team that has been struggling to find its way in recent weeks. On Tuesday night things got worse as the Winnipeg Jets took a late lead and lost the Minnesota Wild 3-2.
In a 2-1 win with less than 90 seconds of play, the Jets scored two goals in 26 seconds to defeat a stunned crowd at Bell MTS Place.
Jason Zucker struck at 18:33 in the power play, which was actually a six by four. And then, at 6:59 pm, Joel Eriksson Ek hit a loose puck that went to the video review to confirm that he had crossed the line. Winnipeg launched a goalie interference challenge that failed. The epic collapse is now complete.
"It's difficult for us right now, we spend a lot of play, not necessarily playing well, but doing enough to keep them out of the danger zone somehow, and the wheels fall off in the end," Jets captain said Blake Wheeler.
Winnipeg drops to 37-22-4 and remains second in the Central Division. They are one point behind the Nashville Predators who lost in St. Louis on Tuesday night. The Jets have three games in hand over the Predators. And do not look now, but here comes the hot-blooded blues, only four points behind the falling jets.
Minnesota improves to 31-27-6 and is owned by the Western Conference's first wildlife playoff spot.
The game on Tuesday was the beginning of the Nineties for the Jets against the opponents currently in a playoff spot, the Jets started the night 3-5-2 in The last 10 If you are a long way from the Stanley Cup contender, who is supposed to be you, you can now make the three wins in the last eleven games.
"Of course, we want to win more games. We are able to win many games as we showed earlier in the season. But with this kind of defense and the way we played in the last few minutes, we will not win these games. Just try to find more ways and hopefully learn from those mistakes we made and do not make those mistakes anymore, "said striker Patrik Laine.
The Jets had five in their last playoffs last season Do not mess with the game In four regular season games this season, including two implosions from the third period, they are now empty and will meet again on the final road trip of the year in St. Paul.
Good finish can not happen, "Laine said," Obviously, these division games are always huge, 0-4 against them this year, so we can not play. "
A spate of trading deadlines brought five new faces into town on Monday, including a couple who turned against the game. Center Kevin Hayes made his debut in the second line with Nikolaj Ehlers and Mathieu Perreault, while defender Nathan Beaulieu jumped straight into the top pair with Jacob Trouba.
"At the beginning, there was definitely a lot of emotion. I was nervous. After the first few changes, I felt pretty good, "Hayes said," I thought we played well there for 58 minutes. It's not the desired result, but we'll get the next result. "
The road to the future does not get any easier as the team is due to injuries without defenders Josh Morrissey, Dustin Byfuglien and Joe Morrow.
Addition of Hayes allowed head coach Paul Maurice to balance the ice time between four rows, which seemed to give everyone a small extra jump in his stride Games between the jets and deer are often boring, tightly controlled affairs with little room for maneuver, but the inclination on the Tuesday was a much more open affair as both goalies had to be sharp in various places: Connor Hellebuyck had 39 shots in the jets' net, Devan Dubnyk had 32.
"We miss some important people who play big minutes for us and against the play the other team's best teams, so I thought of our retention pressure our coverage in de The D Zone was pretty solid for the most part, "Maurice said.
Mark Scheifele brought the Jets in the middle just before the opening phase and finished a crisp passing game with Minnesota. Trouba, who was able to intercept a poor Minnesota dump-in attempt at his own blue line, gave Kyle Connor the puck, who handed him over to Laine, who found Scheifele for his 31st league leader of the season.
Scheifele is now only one of his 32 goals (2016/17).
Laine was penalized for the attack zone in the middle of the second half in the second half, giving Minnesota her first power play of the night. Defender Brad Hunt made them pay as soft wrister The point came through a lot of traffic in front of the net and surprised Hellebuyck.
But the tie did not last long when defender Ben Chiarot made a great run on the net and then shot 14 seconds later in Laines leg to restore Winnipeg's lead. Laine has up to 29 goals this season, only behind Scheifele. He now has four in his last three games after completing 15 games without scoring.
Hellebuyck's greatest salvation of the night came from a J.T. Brown broke with just under 14 minutes in the third season, which seemed like he was only making a big profit. Then came the self-inflicted collapse.
Myers was penalized for a reckless cross check with just over three minutes of play, giving the game the crucial power play they used for themselves. And then Jonas Brodin was still excited about giving up the binding target and threw a puck on the net, and Eriksson Ek managed to divert.
"I do not want to say we lost the coverage, we stood next to the guy, but he puts the puck in the net so we were slightly ahead of our net," Maurice said of the winner.
Winnipeg is now 19-4-3 when he leads after two periods.
The Jets are back on Friday night when they host the Predators.
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