Jets feeling pressure of playoff push, lose to Islanders

Winnipeg Jets right winger Matt Halischuk and New York Islanders defenceman Thomas Hickey tangle at...

Winnipeg Jets right winger Matt Halischuk and New York Islanders defenceman Thomas Hickey tangle at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, March 4, 2014. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:30 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The cold, hard truth was that for much of the contest, the Winnipeg Jets probably didn't deserve to secure a point in this trap game.

But the reality of the situation and what the players and head coach Paul Maurice went out of their way to talk about following a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night was the inspired rally that allowed the Jets to secure at least one point on another night when they weren't operating at their best.

"We understand there are no easy games in this league," said Jets captain Andrew Ladd, who scored both goals to pace the attack. "We did a good job of battling back to get it to overtime and at that point, it can go either way."

I don't think the Jets expected the Islanders to simply roll over and surrender, despite playing without top scorer John Tavares, dealing defenceman Andrew MacDonald in the afternoon and sitting out top trade target Thomas Vanek.

 


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