November 18, 1995: Back to back to much for Jets

After last nights huge win, Winnipeg was forced to jump on a plane and fly straight to Toronto, not arriving until after midnight. The trip seemed to affect as the Jets came out slow and sluggish and did not have enough to get past the Toronto Maple Leafs who won a tight decision by a 2-1 score.

It was a poor poor performance the Jets put forward last night, managing only 8 shots in the first 40 minutes and going 0 for 4 on the power play in front of over 16 thousand Leafs fans and a national tv audience on Hockey Night in Canada. The score could have been much worse for Winnipeg had it not been for the unbelievable play of Nikolai Khabibulin. Making his eleventh start in a row Khabibulin stood on his head and almost pulled it out for Winnipeg, making numerous saves when it looked no longer possible. the Leafs had many sure goals swiped out of the air at the last possible second, Khabibulin deserved better on this night.

Toronto managed to solve Khabibulin 9 minutes in to the first period, on their tenth shot of the frame and third in about 2 seconds when Mats Sundin knocked in his own rebound after a huge scramble in front. Toronto extended their lead in the second when Benoit Hogue finished off a pretty pass from Sergei Momesso on a 2 on 1. Teemu Selanne managed Winnipegs only goal and real only scoring chance with 3 minutes remaining in the second. Selanne intercepted a pass along the blue line and broke in alone beating Felix Potvin high glove, shorthanded, for his tenth so far this season.

Selannes goal was all the offense Winnipeg could muster, as despite sending 14 shots towards Potvin in the third none were good chances. Winnipeg was even given a last power play shot when Sundin took a slashing call with 1:26 left. The Jets pulled Khabibulin for the two man advantage but could not manage any good pressure and spent the majority of the time in their own zone. Khabibulin finished with 34 saves on 36 shots, falling to 8-4 on the season. On the other end Felix Potvin only had to make 21 saves for the win improving to 9-5-2. In injury news Keith Tkachuk has been diagnosed with a broken thumb and his return is not yet known.

Winnipegs next action comes November 21st in Boston.

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