The Winnipeg Jets have faced Braden Holtby twice this year. After 120 minutes, they still haven’t found an answer for the Washington Capitals goaltender. Holtby stopped all 20 shots he faced and Alexander Ovechkin led the way with a goal and two assists to beat the Jets 4-0.
The Winnipeg Jets found themselves playing on their heels as turnovers proved costly throughout the game. Troy Brouwer scored through traffic after he pounced on a Grant Clitsome turnover in the neutral zone giving the Capitals a 1-0 lead.
Late in the first period, Alexander Ovechkin took advantage of a bad pass in the Jets zone and quickly found Marcus Johannson across the slot for the easy tip in to beat Ondrej Pavelec. The Jets found themselves down 2-0 after one period.
After a scoreless second period, Ovechkin proceeded to take control of the game. With Olli Jokinen serving a Delay of Game penalty called on Ondrej Pavelec, the Capitals captain was left wide open burying a one timer for his 13th of the season. He would later assist on Nicklas Backstrom’s goal late in the third putting the finishing touches on the Jets.
With the Jets playing back to back games against the Capitals, Jets coach Claude Noel said that they would need to change their approach for the second game.
“You have to change something. You can’t go out and do the same things,” said Noel. “You’ve got to look at a lot of things. I don’t know what it will be but tomorrow will be a new day.”
Whatever the approach is for Friday night’s game, Mark Stuart might not be a part of it. The Jets defenseman was on the receiving end of an Alexander Ovechkin hit late in the second period and went straight to the dressing room. He returned in the third period but only played one shift.
Despite the loss, the Jets remained at the top of the Southeast Division standings as the Carolina Hurricanes fell to the New Jersey Devils 4-1.
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