In a night that was full of little mistakes, it was a big one that cost the Winnipeg Jets in a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at the MTS Centre on Sunday night.
With just over five minutes to go in the game, Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian coughed up the puck on at attempted pass to Ducks sniper Corey Perry.
Perry one-timed the puck, beating an unsuspecting Ondrej Pavelec with a shot that hit the inside crossbar and out.
The loss was the first for the Jets this season, dropping them to 2-1-0 on the year. The win was the Ducks' second in as many nights, improving their record to 2-1-0 on the season.
The Jets would strike first on the power play midway through the first period. Jets forward Blake Wheeler snuck in on the right wing, sneaking a shot that was redirected off of Jets captain Andrew Ladd, beating Ducks’ goalie Viktor Fasth.
The Ducks wouldn’t take long to even things up, scoring just over a minute later with a goal by Anaheim forward Mathieu Perreault.
The Jets would take the lead with four minutes remaining in the first period. Jets captain Andrew Ladd converted a missed shot by Wheeler, depositing it in to an open net.
Just when it looked like the Jets would take their lead into the third period, Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano evened it up with just five seconds remaining in the second.
Pavelec stood tall in net, recording 30 saves on the night. Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien led all Jets with 24:02 of ice time.
Ducks forward Teemu Selanne was given a standing ovation by the home crowd.
Selanne, who played four seasons with the Jets in the early 1990s, announced he will retire at the end of the season, making it his last time he’ll visit the MTS Centre.
Selanne had 306 points in 231 career games in Winnipeg, including a 76-goal season in his rookie year.
First period summary:
Goals – 1. WPG Wheeler (1) (Enstrom) 9:06 2. ANA Perreault (2) (Lovejoy, Penner) 10:16 3. Ladd (Wheeler, Little) 16:17
Penalties – ANA Palmieri (Slashing) 8:55, WPG Clitsome (Hooking) 12:24
Second period summary:
Goals – 4. ANA Cogliano (1) (Winnick, Koivu) 19:55
Penalties – ANA Vatanen (Slashing) 5:22, WPG Stuart (Tripping) 8:57, ANA Allen (High-sticking) 11:48, WPG Clitsome (High-sticking)
Third period summary:
Goals – 5. ANA Perry (1) (Unassisted) 14:29
Penalties – WPG Bogosian (Boarding) 16:33