Jets fall to Canadiens 3-2 in overtime
The Winnipeg Jets have fallen to 18-9-3 following a 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Montreal Canadiens from Canada Life Centre on Monday night.
The game began with two quick second period goals from Montreal - including one that required a lengthy video review and Coach's Challenge - before the Jets were able to bounce back on a netfront beauty from none other than Gabe Vilardi.
The red-hot Jets forward pounced on his fifth goal in five games, cutting Montreal's lead in half with just 55 seconds remaining in the second period.
Then, with just 7:36 left, Cole Perfetti scored the game-tying goal, as he blasted home his 10th goal of the season, pounding the rock past a scrambling Jake Allen, who allowed a serious rebound off a Vlad Namestnikov point shot.
With the teams knotted up at twos, the game required overtime, to which Winnipeg entered shorthanded.
Penalized on a Nikolaj Ehlers tripping call with just 27 seconds left in the third period, the Jets were unable to kill the 4-on-3 man advantage, as Justin Barron put home the winner on a shot from just inside the blueline that fooled Connor Hellebuyck, sending the Habs and their respective fans into a post-game frenzy.
Hellebuyck ended the night with 23 stops on 26 shots, while Allen made a solid 30 saves on the 32 pucks he faced, picking up his first win since beating the Jets back in October.
Next up, the Jets face the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, also at home.
The extended photo library from Monday's game vs. Montreal is courtesy of Scott Stroh and James Carey Lauder:
Rick Bowness on Josh Morrissey's facial injury:
“I just know that it’s going to be pretty swollen tomorrow," said head coach Rick Bowness. "There’s a pretty good chance he’s going to have a good shiner. But give him full marks for coming back. He’s a tremendous competitor.”
Connor Hellebuyck on the Jets' Coach's Challenge:
“It’s a fine line. Him grabbing it and moving it changed what I was going to do. If he would have just dropped it right when he had it, I would have poked it right off his stick - that’s what I was getting prepared for. Then he threw it forward and it kind of threw me for a loop and made me kind of freeze and change what I wanted to do. Then he gets a lucky bounce as it bounces off the ice and just nicks the top of his stick. For me, I hate to see that go in. There’s not really much I can do about it.”
Next up for the Jets is the second test of three-straight games against Original Six opponents, as the Detroit Red Wings face off against the Jets on Wednesday, before the Boston Bruins make their way to Canada Life Centre on Friday. Wednesday's game features 6:30 PM central start time, while Friday's contest will be aired at 7:00 PM.