Jets’ extend skid to five
WINNIPEG—Alexandre Burrows knew the goals would come, but he didn’t expect it would take until March.
The Vancouver right-winger scored his first and second goals of an injury-marred season as the Canucks edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in a shootout last night.
Burrows was playing in only his 36th game this season after breaking a foot to start the season and then breaking his jaw in December.
“I hit a few posts, a few saves, a few rebounds, a few empty nets that should have gone in,” Burrows noted.
“It’s a fine line between goals and not.
“Tonight I was able to get a few. Even though, honestly, I could have got four, I think,” he added.
“I hit the post, a few tips that they blocked, and a 2-on-1 in the first my stick breaks.”
But Vancouver suffered another injury blow when centre Ryan Kesler left the game in the second period after a knee-on-knee collision with Jets’ centre Jim Slater.
Canucks’ head coach John Tortorella said Kesler will be sent back to Vancouver for tests while his teammates keep travelling to games against Washington, Florida, and Tampa Bay.
“He’s going to get some imaging and we’ll have a better indication of where he’s at, but he’s out for a while,” Tortorella noted.
Slater said he didn’t intentionally try to hurt Kesler.
“I thought I had him lined up, he kind of bailed there at the last second there,” Slater said.
“I didn’t stick my knee out or anything in his path, wasn’t leading with my leg.
“I thought I actually took the worst of it.”
Higgins scored the decisive goal with some quick stick-handling on his way toward Ondrej Pavelec—flipping the puck by him after the netminder went down.
Andrew Ladd scored his 18th goal of the season and Michael Frolik added his 13th that put the Jets ahead 2-1 early in the third period.
Burrows had tied the game 2-2 at 11:17 of the third period.
Vancouver is now 2-4-1 in their last seven games.
The game was a big improvement for the Canucks, who collapsed on Monday and gave up seven goals in the third period in a 7-4 loss to the N.Y. Islanders.
Pavelec stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced in regulation and overtime while Eddie Lack made 31 saves for Vancouver.
Lack had let in six goals in the embarrassing loss to the Islanders.
“I just needed a big bounce-back game and I was really happy we got the win,” Lack said.
The Canucks now have 70 points and Winnipeg 69 as they battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Dallas holds the last wild-card berth with 74 points while Phoenix has 73.
The Stars and Coyotes were idle lat night.
The Jets—0-2-3 in their last five games—host the N.Y. Rangers tomorrow night.
“We got opportunities to get the second point there the last couple games. We’ve got to start getting them,” stressed Jets’ rookie defenceman Jacob Trouba, who logged almost 28 minutes of ice time.
“Those are points we’re letting slip away.
“It’s good that we get one and we look at the positives and try to think about that,” he added.
“But at the same time, it’s at the back of your mind—you’ve got to get those points that you’re letting go.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, Boston beat Montreal 4-1, Calgary dumped Anaheim 7-2, and Colorado nipped Chicago 3-2.