Jets captain Andrew Ladd take a shot against Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom during first period NHL action in Sunrise, Fla., on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (Rhona Wise/Reuters)
SUNRISE, FLA. - Playing against a team so decimated by injuries it resembled a glorified AHL squad, the Winnipeg Jets came up with their most disheartening performance of the season.
Listless from the beginning, soft on the puck in all zones and outworked all night long, the Jets took one of their worst beatings of the year and missed a chance to pick up ultra-important points in a key divisional contest.
The Florida Panthers scored several highlight reel goals in their 4-1 win at the half-full BB&T Center and the Jets never showed any of the passion, desperation and intensity that is required to be successful in a playoff race.