Jets collapse in third, lose to lowly Sabres

Sabres winger Brian Flynn (65) tries to control a loose puck behind Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec as...

Sabres winger Brian Flynn (65) tries to control a loose puck behind Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec as defenceman Tobias Enstrom (39) defends during second period action in Buffalo on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:03 PM ET

BUFFALO - Once again, the Winnipeg Jets were unable to hold a third period lead and it cost them a valuable two points against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres scored four unanswered goals, including makers in the third period from Marcus Foligno, Matt Moulson and Matt Ellis, to erase a 2-1 deficit and earn a 4-2 victory over the Jets before a crowd of 17,795 at First Niagara Center on Tuesday night.

The Jets split their two-game road trip against Eastern Conference opponents, slipped to 15-16-5 overall with the loss and return to action on Friday night at MTS Centre against the Florida Panthers.

Rookie centre Mark Scheifele scored twice in 36 seconds early in the second period, helping the Jets shake off a sluggish first period that saw them get outshot 19-7.

On both goals, Scheifele showcased the quick release and rocket shot that has Jets’ coaches encouraging to shoot more often.


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