A quiet start had a much louder ending as the Winnipeg Jets were beat 4-1 by the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night.
After few solid chances early on, a flurry of goals ended the first period. Chris Tierney got the Sharks on the board with a shorthanded goal. He took a stray puck at centre ice and went upstairs on Connor Hellebuyck for the lead.
Only seconds later the Jets found their break. Nikolaj Ehlers beat Alex Stalock to even it up at a goal late in the first. Not long after the Sharks re-took their lead. Joe Thornton whacked home a rebound to make it 2-1 San Jose into the break.
Winnipeg almost found a tying goal in the third. Alex Stalock held the puck a bit too long outside of his crease and was stripped by Blake Wheeler. Wheeler put it in the open cage but was called for tripping as he took the puck from the Sharks goalie.
“I got penalized for the goalie making a horse s*** play,” Wheeler said post game. He was handed a two minute penalty on the play.
Not long after the call on Wheeler, and some displeasure on the side of Jets fans, Joe Pavelski made it 3-1 San Jose on the ensuing powerplay. Joel Ward added an empty netter to ice it.
“We have get faster, gotta get quicker, sharper, it’s not getting easier.” Head coach Paul Maurice said post game as the Jets losing streak hits three games.
That frustration is also experienced around the dressing room, and the Jets felt that they could have done more in the game.
“I think we want to be better and as a group we can get more energy from everybody.” Captain Andrew Ladd said post game. “You want to bounce back (after Sunday’s loss to Buffalo) and you have to find a way to get that goal when you need it.”
Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped 23 of 26 shots he faced while Alex Stalock gave up a goal on 22 Winnipeg shots.
The Jets stay in town to wrap up a 3 game home-stand. They host Nashville on Thursday.