Archive for January 29th, 2013

Canadiens 4, Jets 3

- January 29th, 2013

MONTREAL — The Jets could have and should have won this game. All they had to do was kill off one or two of the basically three power-play goals they gave up. That needs to be fixed pronto, because the calls are going to even out over the season.

A few other thoughts …

• Nik Antropov thought Brandon Prust must have done a wonderful acting performance on his hit in the third period. Prust ended up getting an unsportsmanlike penalty after playing dead following Antropov’s check, which was right in front of the Montreal bench. “I would never hit a guy from behind,” Antropov said. “I just pushed him. I know his head was over the boards, so I knew exactly what he was doing. I didn’t really see what he did after, but I just turned around and he was lying on the ice. I’m not sure what he did, but I don’t think I had a boarding penalty.”

• Kyle Wellwood will be having nightmares tonight. The Jets winger was the lucky recipient of Carey Price’s mishandling of the puck late in the first. He was right beside an empty net but — in one of those moments where your mind is moving faster that your hands — he couldn’t find the handle and put it in. Habs defenceman Josh Gorges came to the rescue to keep it a one-goal lead for the home side after 20 minutes.

• The Habs have scored eight power-play goals this season, and defenceman Andrei Markov, who has missed most of the last two seasons due to knee injuries, has seven points on those eight goals. He’s a huge part of this team.

• Olli Jokinen wasn’t celebrating his first goal as a Winnipeg Jet — at all. “It was tough,” he said. “We lost the game, so it don’t really matter.”

• Head coach Claude Noel wasn’t happy with the interference penalty Paul Postma received in the first period that led to Montreal’s first power-play goal.

• Nor was he happy about his own team’s performance on the power play in the third period. “I didn’t particularly care for some of the calls, especially the first one against us. But that is what it is,” Noel said. “We had an opportunity to make it a game with two power plays in the third period and never really got anything. We hardly got it in the zone for possession.”

• Montreal youngsters Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk, who both had two-point nights, looked pretty darn good. Meanwhile, Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. It’s time for the Jets to make a decision there. Either play him or send him back to the OHL.

• The Jets had fired 10 shots at Carey Price through two periods and the score was 3-3. I’m no hockey genius, but maybe they should have shot more.

• The Jets will take their time getting to Florida on Wednesday, where the temperature today was a comfortable 26 C.