In a high paced game, the Jets lost to the Preds, and themselves.
In what was a crazy fast first period, the teams exited the period tied at 0. It was a high event period with very little game structure, just back and forth through the first 12 or so minutes. The Jets managed to stay out of the box until Chiarot took a slashing minor at the Nashville blue line, maybe saving a breakaway. That penalty kill almost resulted in a shorty by Buff. But was followed up by a Patrik Laine hi-sticking double minor, in the Offensive zone, not good. The Jets killed that off too. Both penalties were killed off with relative ease by the Jets, as Nashville’s PK was very much a non threat.
Wow, what a period. Not even sure where to begin. Might as well start with the goal, Ben Chiarot had his cross ice pass intercepted, which led to a goal by Ryan Hartman. The Jets has actually controlled most of the 5v5 play in the early stages of the 2nd, the only blip was the ill advised pass by Chiarot.
Then, wow, then the fun began, Blake Wheeler started off a parade to the penalty box, he stepped in and tried to fight two Preds, after taking exception to a hit on Connor. 2 minutes, killed off by the Jets. A minute after that kill, Ehlers took an offensive zone interference penalty, 2 minutes, killed off. 30 seconds after that kill the wheels fell off for the Jets, Wheeler and Ehlers both grabbed a Pred and flipped the mitts. Jacob Trouba received the initial penalty on the play for cross checking, the Jets nearly killed it off but wait, Dustin Byfuglien was given a questionable interference penalty, which led to a short 5v3, which was killed. But, what is this? Another penalty! Jacob Trouba was assigned a marginal slashing penalty, 5v3 again, this time for 1:35 I believe. Myers was also given a 10 minute misconduct for clapping his hands at the ref. The Jets killed off every second, of every penalty. The Preds exited the period 0-8 on the PP. the Jets exited the period taking 5 minor penalties, two fighting majors and a 10 minute misconduct. Connor Hellebuyck was unbelievable. Making several huge stops in the last set of 5v3, and throughout all the PKs. Rinaldo was given a cross checking penalty as time expired, the Jets will start the third with a key PP, their first of the night. I can’t believe it was only 1-0 after 2.
The Jets came out firing to start the 3rd, aided by the powerplay, which didn’t generate too many chances in itself. But they did appear to be playing with a bit of momentum following the powerplay. A few nice chances, including another chance by Kyle Connor, who fired it just wide on an excellent opportunity. Shortly after the Connor chance, the Preds got a takeaway, carried it down, and Roman Josi fired a loose puck, in the slot, behind Hellebuyck. 2-0. The Jets were given another chance on the powerplay, but couldn’t muster much once again. The 2nd unit did get a longer look during this PP I believe. Something I was watching for. They didn’t generate much. At this point in the game (6 minutes left), the PP time was 14+ minutes for Nashville and 4 minutes for the Jets. Wow. How was it only 2-0? Wait. 3-0, with the Jets running a full court press, Ryan Johansen buried a scrambled 2 on 1, Wheeler was the 1 in this situation. The final minutes were very high paced, Jacob Trouba took another penalty, which resulted in nothing. The teams exchanged chances, but ultimately the Jets couldn’t beat Rinne. Not even Wheeler, who had a short handed breakaway turned away. Laine also tried to fight Hamhuis near the end of the game, because why not.
It’s hard to know how to feel after a game like this, how much can you really learn after a scrambled, penalty filled game? Hellebuyck was solid once again, saving 27/30 shots, all three goals were a result of glaring errors. He kept them in the game. Too bad the rest of the team took themselves out of it with all the penalties.
The Jets return home Sunday to face the Carolina Hurricanes. Puck drop is 6pm local time.
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