VANCOUVER – The Winnipeg Jets played a solid first period of their game late Tuesday night against the Vancouver Canucks.
Unfourtunatley the Canucks were the better team in the final two frames.
Jets captain Blake Wheeler was the lone goal-getter for the Jets who now fall to 15-17-3 on the year. Wheeler took a pass from Dustin Byfuglien and blew past Canucks defenceman Alex Biega before cutting in on Canucks netminder Jacob Markstrom to score his 10th on the power-play.
Winnipeg had a number of other chances in the opening frame, including great opportunities for Andrew Copp and Drew Stafford with scrambles in front of Markstrom, while Byfuglien rang another shot off the crossbar.
The Canucks tied the game at 1 after the second period.
The third period saw the always dangerous duo of Daniel and Henrik Sedin and the Canucks offence cycle the puck in the Jets zone for an extended period of time, Before Henrik found Jannik Hansen in front of the net to get the Canucks on the board 2-1.
Sven Baertschi put a backhander on a breakaway past Connor Hellebuyck moments later to extend the Canucks lead to 3-1. Hansen put a lid on the game with an empty netter to give him his second goal of the game, and the canucks their fourth.
The Jets will remain in Vancouver and drop the puck with the Canucks at 9:00 PM on Thursday Night, their final game before the much needed holiday break.