Same story, different chapter for the Winnipeg Jets last in St. Louis. Another road game brought out the worst in the young Jets again as they fell to the St. Louis Blues 3-2. The Jets road record falls to an abysmal two and five and one on the season, a record which will have to improve if Winnipeg wants to make the playoffs.Special teams were a major player and the penalty kill hurt the Jets again. Two of three Blues goals came with the man advantage while the Jets scored on just one attempt out of seven.
The first period was drown in penalties with 9 minors being given out between the two teams and it did not take long for one to make a difference. Just 5 minutes in Teemu Selanne picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired through a screen past Blues goaltender Grant Fuhr. The early goal seemed to wake up the home team who dominated the rest of the period, led by a former Jet. Dale Hawerchuk scored just 5 minutes later for St. Louis. With Darren Turcotte in the box Al McInnis made a pretty play walking the line and fired a bomb towards the net which Hawerchuk got his stick on and left Khabibulin with no chance. Just two minutes later with Winnipeg again in the box, Hawerchuk fed Brian Noonan cross crease for an easy tap in and a 2-1 lead heading into the break.
The second period started very much alike to the way the first ended, only 30 seconds it was once again Dale Hawerchuk and Brian Noonan hooking up this time on a Noonan one timer, his second of the game and Hawerchuks third point. Winnipeg answered back quickly only a minute later when Igor Korolev broke in alone and beat Fuhr high for his team leading eleventh of the year. That was all the offense the Jets could muster in the period though, only managing to send 7 shots on net. St. Louis dominated the play but Khabibulin stood on his head giving the Jets a chance in the third period. Although Winnipeg showed a little more offense in the third they lacked any real major scoring chances, and St. Louis sat back, content to play with a one goal lead and held on to get the 3-2 win.
Nikolai Khabibulin made 33 saves in the losing effort, falling to 6-3-1 in a game where he really deserved better. Grant Fuhr was not to busy but made the saves when they counted for St. Louis improving to 6-8-1 while making 26 saves. Winnipeg gets a few days off before returning home on the 14th to take on the Chicago BlackHawks.
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