February 1, 2013
Lack of discipline does in Jets again
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
Remember when discipline was a cornerstone of the Winnipeg Jets’ hot start?
Well, during a two-game losing skid the Jets have found themselves shorthanded 11 times and they’ve allowed five power-play goals (and another three seconds after another minor had expired).
There were two minors in the third period that opened the door for a Florida Panthers comeback and both occurred below the goal-line, one in the offensive zone (Alexei Ponikarovsky tripped Keaton Ellerby) and another in the defensive zone (Olli Jokinen got his stick caught between the feet of Jerred Smithson and was nailed for tripping).
The Jets were unable to kill off either minor and watched a 3-2 advantage turn into a deficit and ultimately, a 6-3 loss to the Panthers on Thursday night before a family-and-friends crowd (announced as 15,731) at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.