Well, the Jets won, but they had to find a way to make it interesting. Leading 4-1 at the midway point of the 2nd period they allowed the Canucks to claw their way back into it, getting as close as 4-3, before Patrik Laine iced it with final two goals.
Patrik Laine, he played what I’d consider his best game of the season, scoring his first 2 non empty net 5v5 goals. The first of those were created by him making a nice play in the dzone and following it up the ice and eventually scoring. The second goal was also created on a nice backcheck and good up ice pressure. He capped off the night with an empty net goal for the hatty. All positive signs, that we hope he’ll build on.
Forecheck, the Jets were able to create a lot of chances by forechecking hard, though this lead to a few bad pinches by the D, it created a lot more than it gave away. And was part of the reason for the 49 shots and 5 powerplays they had.
Powerplay, though it only generated 1 goal, the Jets controlled almost all the play when they were on the man advantage, if of course you forget the SHG allowed. More on that soon.
Tyler Myers, what can I say? He’s struggling a lot right now, he even set up a Canucks goal. The 4-3 goal. This is a recurring nay, and since he hasn’t been doing much offensively, it’s not rewarding to have him in the lineup, at all.
Pinches/point shots, as I had mentioned the Jets allowed a shorty last night, created by an ill advised point shot by Dustin Byfuglien, which was blocked and taken up the ice for the 4-2 goal. It’s about being smarter with blasts from the points, most of them don’t go I , and you’re more likely to get scored on than scoring from the point.
Sagging in the 2nd, the Jets fell asleep after Brandon Tanev fought Jets fan fav Antoine Roussel, the momentum shifted and the Jets didn’t get back into the game until the final minute of the period. They seem to struggle to put together a full 60 minutes of hockey. This will need to sort itself out in short order.
In what was a fairly favourable road matchup, the Jets were able to pull through, however, because it’s the Jets, they had to make it interesting/scary for fans. Having a 10 minute lull in play during every game is not ideal. Laine scoring at evens is also fun. But overall this game will get a resounding YAY.
The Jets return to action Wednesday night in Calgary. Puck drop is slated for 9pm CT.