Jets lose to Islanders on John Tavares' shootout goal

New York Islanders #10 Keith Aucoin fails to get his stick on the puck in front of Winnipeg Jets...

New York Islanders #10 Keith Aucoin fails to get his stick on the puck in front of Winnipeg Jets goalie #31 Ondrej Pavelec at the MTS Centre in first perion action. Saturday, April 20, 2013, Winnipeg. (CHRIS PROCAYLO/Winnipeg Sun)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:52 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The margin for error just got a little slimmer for the Winnipeg Jets.

However, the Jets came back from a pair of deficits (3-1 and 4-3) to secure a point in 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday afternoon before a sold-out crowd of 15,004 at MTS Centre during an emotional game that featured the passion you would expect from two teams fighting to nail down a playoff spot.

The Jets finish their critical six-game homestand by securing 11 of a possible 12 points to keep themselves right in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference.

“For me it’s a point that we gained,” said Jets head coach Claude Noel. “So move forward and let’s try to win the next game.”

With three games left in the regular season, it looks like the Jets will need to win them all.

But both the Washington Capitals (52 points) and New York Rangers (50 points) remain within reach as the Jets hit the road to face the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.


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