Winnipeg – For the second time in as many games, the Winnipeg Jets spotted Washington a lead- but couldn’t quite take it over the top. Thursday Night at the Verizon Centre, the Jets came roaring back from a 3-0 deficit, only to lose 4-3 in overtime.
Two nights earlier on home ice, Winnipeg fought back from being down 2-0 after forty minutes- before the Capitals scored with just 30 seconds remaining for a 3-2 win.
Toby Enstrom began the comeback with a shorthanded goal just past the 2 minute mark of the third period. Adam Lowry made it a one goal game just over 3 minutes later with his second goal in as many games. And Marko Dano, in his first NHL game of the season, tied it up when he was able to get open in the slot and “roofed” a shot over the left shoulder of Braden Holtby with just under 9 minutes to play. Rookie Brandon Tanev also picked up his first NHL point on the play.
The Jets were called for too many men on the ice in overtime, and John Carlson eventually found Alex Ovechkin in his favorite spot- dead center of the left faceoff circle- and Michael Hutchinson had no chance on Ovie’s one timer at 3:21 of the extra period.
The loss dropped Winnipeg’s record to 4-6-1 heading into Friday Night’s 6:30 p.m. faceoff at Detroit. And the injuries continue to pile up for the Jets with Mathieu Perreault and Joel Armia both having to leave the game.
As per usual, Head Coach Paul Maurice was non forth coming with any information about the status of Perreault and Armia, but did indicate some decisions would have to be made on call ups from the Moose. Right at that time, the AHL Farm Club was putting the finishing touches on a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Monsters at MTS Centre.