The Winnipeg Jets lost to the New York Islanders 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night at the MTS Centre.
The game got off to a rough start as Chris Thorburn and Matt Martin decided to drop the gloves just 2:31 into the game. Each guy got a number of shots in before the refs intervened, sending the duo to the box for five minutes each.
After a sluggish first half to the opening period, the Jets would strike first. Captain Andrew Ladd scored his 16th of the season, finishing off a nice face-off win by Bryan Little to beat Islanders goaltender Anders Nilsson low between the legs.
New York tied the game with 2:31 to go in the period. Islanders forward Colin McDonald pounced on a rebound that bounced off the boards behind the Jets' net and out front to score his fifth of the season.
The period would end the same way it started, with the tossing of fisticuffs. This time it was Jets defenceman Mark Stuart and the Islanders' Eric Boulton. Boulton was addressed an additional two for roughing.
Things looked to be going the Jets' way to start the second frame. Winnipeg began the period on the power play but was unable to convert with the man advantage.
As the penalty was expiring, forward Evander Kane looked to have a goal after his shot beat Nilsson but not the cross bar.
The Islanders gained control of the puck on the play before finding a wide-open Anders Lee in behind the Jets defence.
Pavelec made the save on the first shot but thanks to some nice hand-eye coordination, the Islanders forward was able to smack home the puck to give the Isles a 2-1 lead over the Jets just 1:33 into the frame. The play would be reviewed for a high stick, but the goal stood.
Kane would get another great chance, and once again beat Nilsson glove side, but the post kept the puck out of the net. The puck was loose under Nilsson for a few moments, which triggered the refs to review the play, but it was confirmed no goal.
Ladd would tie the game with his second goal of the game, coming with just over five minutes to go in the third period.
It’s the second game this season between the Jets and Islanders. Winnipeg took the first match, winning 3-2 back on Nov. 27. Mark Stuart scored the first of three second-period goals, with Devin Setoguchi and Andrew Ladd also scoring for the Jets.
Jets head coach Paul Maurice celebrates a career milestone tonight, with this game marking his 1,100th as a head coach in the NHL.
Maurice enters the milestone with a career record of 471-460-168. He is 11-3-3 as the Jets' head coach since taking over in mid-January for former bench boss Claude Noel.
First period summary:
Goals – 1. WPG Ladd (16) (Little) 10:57 2. NYI McDonald (5) (Strome, Lee) 17:30
Penalties – NYI Martin (fighting) 2:31, WPG Thorburn (fighting) 2:31, NYI Boulton (Roughing) 15:07, NYI Boulton (Fighting) 15:07, WPG Stuart (Fighting) 15:07, NYI Strome (Interference) 19:30
Second period summary:
Goals – 3. NYI Lee (3) (Grabner) 1:33
Penalties – NYI De Haan (Tripping) 11:18, NYI Lee (High-sticking) 16:18
Third period summary:
Goals – 4. WPG Ladd (17) (Jokinen) 14:53
Penalties – WPG Enstrom (Holding the stick) 3:29