Jets lose fifth straight game, no longer lead division

Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) is scored on by Montreal Canadiens Michael Ryder (73)...

Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) is scored on by Montreal Canadiens Michael Ryder (73) during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, April 4, 2013. (REUTERS/Christinne Muschi)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:42 PM ET

MONTREAL - The Winnipeg Jets late-season swoon has finally cost them first place in the NHL’s Southeast Division — and a spot above the playoff line.

The Jets lost their fifth straight game, 4-1 in Montreal, Thursday night, dropping them all the way from third in the Eastern conference to 10th.

The Washington Capitals, 2-1 shootout winners over the New York Islanders, took over top spot in the division with 38 points, the same as Winnipeg but with two fewer games played.

The Islanders hold down eighth place in the conference with 40 points, New Jersey has 39 and is ninth, one up on Winnipeg, but also with two games in hand.

For the first time in six games the Jets opened the scoring, as Alexander Burmistrov ended a 17-game drought with his fourth goal of the season, midway through the first period.

Burmistrov was set up by Grant Clitsome and Andrew Ladd.


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