Friday, March 22, 2013

Capital Punishment: Winnipeg Jets Shutout at Home

The Winnipeg Jets faced the Washington Capitals last night and should have come out of the gates flying after an exhilarating come from behind victory over the Boston Bruins. Unfortunately the Jets were served up some capital punishment by a Washington team desperate for victory as they were in a battle to stay out of the Eastern Conference basement.

The Capitals scored 2 goals in the first period and did not look back as Alex Ovechkin’s goal in the third period sealed the deal and an ‘own’ goal by Derek Meech was the icing on the cake for a Jet team that squandered an opportunity to make some room between themselves and the Carolina Hurricanes who lost 4-1 to the New Jersey Devils.

The Jets will not have long to think about this debacle but there is cause for concern as they have played 8 poor periods of hockey over the last 3 games-9 if you count the second period implosion in Toronto.

This is an odd season because there is only inter-conference play, which is the main reason the Jets cannot afford to take nights off. They are in the playoff race thanks to some outstanding goaltending and despite the fact there are only 3 players who can score on a semi-regular basis.

The Jets have now been shut out by Washington twice this season with both games being at the MTS Centre and Bradeon Holtby between the pipes. The main problem the Jets face is dealing with success. Each time they appear to be making strides they take one step backwards. Holtby deserves credit for his effort tonight but the fact is he only faced 19 shots and only had 2 real good scoring chances both coming on two on ones with Antii Meittenen failing to capitalize on the chances.

So it ‘s back to the drawing board for the Jets who play Washington tomorrow, Tampa Bay on Sunday and Carolina on Tuesday unfortunately there is much work to be done and very little time to work on the problems that the Jets face; such as an awful power play, too many turnovers and relying too heavily on their goaltender to win the game.

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