Winnipeg Jets Waste Great Night From Ondrej Pavelec In Loss To Anaheim Ducks

By Jonathan Katje
Ondrej Pavelec Jets Ducks
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The Winnipeg Jets came in to Sunday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks with a chance to start the season with three wins for the first time in franchise history, but they instead wasted a great outing from goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and lost. The Jets struggled to get shots on goal, and Ducks netminder Viktor Fasth was able to bounce back from allowing six goals in an opening-night loss as he recorded the win with 15 saves. The game was possibly the last that Ducks winger Teemu Selanne will play in Winnipeg, and the home crowd showed they still care about the former Jets star as he recorded four shots in 17 minutes of ice time.

While it was a blunder by Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian that led to the eventual game-winning goal by Corey Perry of the Ducks, the offense is just as much to blame for the loss. They managed only six shots on goal in each of the first two periods and had several stretches without a shot for four minutes or more. For a team off to a great start, that’s troubling to see and it will be something for coach Claude Noel to address. The Jets can take a few good things away from the loss, as they converted one of their three power play chances while killing off all four chances the Ducks had. Andrew Ladd had both goals for winnipeg, while Blake Wheeler had two assists. With Pavelec off to a great start, the Jets could finally be in the hunt for a playoff berth if they can get a more consistent effort from their offense.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL featured columnist for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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