WINNIPEG — It was another tough loss to swallow for the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. The Jets wasting a 3rd period lead and then giving up the game winner in the final minute on a goal by Jonathan Toews. It’s the 2nd time in less than three weeks they’ve been just moments away from overtime only to have the single point snatched away at the last possible moment. But it was the tieing goal earlier in the 3rd that was the most painful after Toby Enstrom got tangled up with the linesman leading to a Patrick Sharp breakaway goal.
“I think everyone was pissed off last night and pissed off probably when they woke up this morning,” said Andrew Ladd on Monday. “You talk about it and then that’s it. It’s over with and you got to get ready to play another game.”
The loss by the Jets combined with a win by the Calgary Flames over Nashville leaves the Jets with only a two point lead on the Los Angeles Kings for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference.
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“We dwell on it last night, it was a tough night,” said Mark Stuart. “Nothing you can do today. You got to move on, especially this time of year and you got to have a short memory.”
The Jets will do some scoreboard watching on Monday night with the Flames, Kings and Canucks all playing but the Jets are focused on their next game, Tuesday at home against the New York Rangers.
“We all felt the pain of the loss,” said Head Coach Paul Maurice. “But it was one game. They didn’t take four points from us, so get back and be ready to be good tomorrow.”
And the Jets lineup could be getting a boost with the return of Bryan Little who has been out since March 7 with an upper body injury. But a final decision on Little’s status won’t be made until Tuesday.
“I think it’s gonna basically come right down to the morning skate,” said Little. “If everything is good then, then its the coaches decision. So been feeling a lot better the last 3 or 4 days. They’re just being really cautious with it.”
The Jets host the Rangers on Tuesday and then don’t play again until Saturday when they close out the homestand against the Canucks.