February 24, 2013
Jets take Devils 4-2, beat road trip oddsBad day for Antti Miettinen, good day for Winnipeg Jets' power play, Bogosian, Kane, even Travis Zajac
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
The Winnipeg Jets assured themselves of a winning road trip with a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday at Prudential Center.
The Jets scored three unanswered goals and improved to 3-1 on their five-game road trip that will conclude Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.
Winnipeg, which dropped a 5-3 decision to Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, improved to 8-9-1.
The Jets scored in the first five minutes of the game for the fourth consecutive time on their road trip. This time it was defenceman Zach Bogosian getting his first of the year just 2:30 into the contest on a nice feed from Blake Wheeler.
The Devils struck back seven minutes later when Winnipeg native Travis Zajac took a sweet saucer pass from Patrick Elias and buried his fourth of the year at the 9:52 mark of the opening frame.
New Jersey took the lead when Steve Bernier bounced a shot off Ondrej Pavelec from the side of the net and over the goal-line. Former Jets winger Alexei Ponikarovsky, who was traded to New Jersey for a draft pick earlier this month, picked up an assist.
Winnipeg out-shot New Jersey 9-8 in the first but trailed 2-1.
The Jets finally snapped an 0-for-21 drought on the power play in the second period when Grant Clitsome’s wrist shot went off Johan Hedberg’s glove and into the net to make it a 2-2 contest.
Evander Kane then extended his point streak to seven games when he took a pass from Alex Burmistrov, burst between a couple of Devils defencemen and scored his seventh of the season to put the Jets back in front, 3-2, after 40 minutes.
Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd scored his team-leading 10th of the season 7:46 into the third to put the Jets up by two. The Devils pulled Hedberg with three minutes to go but couldn’t beat Pavelec.
Hedberg, a former Manitoba Moose netminder, was a surprise starter for the Devils after something happened to Martin Brodeur in the warmup.
Antti Miettinen made his season debut but lasted just 17 seconds when he apparently took a shot or a stick in the groin area and left the game. Miettinen missed the first 17 games with an upper-body injury. Anthony Peluso also drew into the lineup for just the second time this season, and he fought Krys Barch on his first shift.
Coming out of the lineup in favour of Miettinen and Peluso were Kyle Wellwood and Chris Thorburn.
Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien injured his left leg in the third period and didn’t finish the game. He played a couple shifts after getting hurt but went to the dressing room shortly thereafter.