The Jets decided to get right into the holiday spirit in this game as they were serving up turnovers left and right. They gifted Montreal chance after chance the Canadiens took full advantage as they threw six pucks past Brossoit. Laine continued his goal scoring streak, actually scoring two goals but one was disallowed in the opening period. Even though Winnipeg scored first, Montreal completely took over the game after the first goal as they poured in 48 shots on Brossoit.

First Period

The Jets got off to a hot start as they nearly scored on the opening shift. Tatar cleared the puck as it was heading towards the empty cage on a rebound.

The Jets kept up the intensity and played a really strong opening few minutes as they had a number of scoring chances. They even thought they scored the first goal on a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play but the Habs challenged for off-side and won. Laine’s goal was negated and things stayed even.

However, the Jets got the first powerplay of the game and scored the first goal for the second time as Connor put home a rebound off a Pionk point shot.

Things were humming along for Winnipeg until later in the period when they took their first penalty of the game. Unfortunately, it was the usually terrible penalty kill as they allowed Montreal to make a cross-seam pass to a wide open Tomas Tatar.

It didn’t take long for things to get even uglier as the Canadiens scored shortly after their first goal as the Jets failed to clear the puck out of their own end. Tatar was left all alone for the second straight shift as he managed to squeeze a rebound past Brossoit.

Just like that, the Jets were down 2-1 after playing a relatively strong opening few minutes.

Second Period

The second period started innocently enough with neither team getting too many chances. Things changed five minutes into the period as Brossoit played a puck a little too nonchalantly behind his net. Gallagher brought it out in front and Brossoit was never able to recover as he stacked the pads and hoped that was enough to stop the rebound. The pads weren’t quite wide enough as Danault was able to bat one out of the air and over Brossoit’s outstretched stack.

Montreal started pouring it on after that as they gained some momentum from that third goal. They followed it up with a number of really strong shifts in Winnipeg’s end as the Jets were scrambling around.

Winnipeg had a chance to get a goal back as they got their second powerplay of the game, but they weren’t able to get set up. To make matters worse, Winnipeg got confused on their line change and took a penalty of their own for too many men on the ice.

It proved to be a costly penalty as Montreal scored directly off the ensuing faceoff. It was won back by Danault before it bounced right back to Danault’s stick. The quick release fooled Brossoit and just like that Montreal took a commanding 4-1 lead.

Winnipeg was left reeling after that and it took them a while to get their legs back under them. Later in the period, Connor was able to win a footrace to the puck and broke in all alone on Price. Connor made a nice move to the backhand, but Price was able to get the pad down and make the save.

Things got better after that as Bitetto layed a huge hit in his own end and Winnipeg broke up the ice. Scheifele carried the puck across the line (onside this time) and passed it over to Laine who wired it past Price for the second time of the game even though only one of them counts.

Within two goals, the Jets just wanted to get into the third period within striking distance. That didn’t work after Beaulieu gave up a horrendous turnover in his own end. Beaulieu gave it away and Brossoit was floundering in the crease as Max Domi easily put it past the sprawling netminder.

It was a deflating goal that put the Jets even further behind after two periods.

Third Period

The Jets once again got an opportunity to get a goal back as they started the period on the powerplay. They barely got set up and the Canadiens had the best scoring chance as they got a two on one after creating a turnover in their own end. Definitely not an ideal way to start a comeback.

The rest of the period was fairly uneventful as the Jets tried to get some opportunities but couldn’t solve Carey Price. Later in the period Montreal firmly shut the door as they scored their sixth of the game off another turnover. It was an interception in neutral ice as Montreal broke in and confused the Jets defense who both covered the same man.

The rest of the game went quickly as both teams realized the outcome wasn’t going to change. Montreal capitalized on everything they needed to and come away with a decisive 6-2 victory.

TL;DR Why The Jets Lost

One word: turnovers.

The Jets gave up waaaaaaaay too many turnovers in their own end. Montreal took them, said ‘thank you very much’ and put them past Brossoit all night long.

Jetsnation Top Gun

Patrik Laine is your Top Gun tonight. After scoring the opening goal which got taken back, he followed it up with another one later in the game. He’s now scored five goals in his last five games and is starting to find his goal scoring touch once again.


Next flight

With this being the last game before the holidays, the Jets are able to have a few days off to enjoy Christmas with their families. After the short break, the Jets have a home and home against the St. Louis Blues starting at Bell MTS Place on Friday and continuing in St. Louis on Sunday.