SUNRISE, FLA. - This had all the makings of a trap game for the Winnipeg Jets and in the end, it was just that.
After going 3-1 to start a season-long six-game road trip, the Jets rolled into sunny Florida to face a Panthers squad that had lost three games in a row and entered the contest with the second-worst record in the NHL.
Should have been an easy win for the Jets, right?
Not so fast.
Despite scoring first, the Jets gave up the next four and fell 5-2 to the Panthers on Thursday night before a tiny crowd at BT&T Center.
With the loss, the Jets fell back to .500 at 13-13-4 and will wrap up the two-week road swing on Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Jets got on the board at 5:27 of the opening period as captain Andrew Ladd converted a pass from Bryan Little after Thomas couldn’t handle his intital shot.
Before the period was out, Panthers defenceman Erik Gudbranson had evened the score on a long slapper at 14:02.