Montreal Canadiens vs. Winnipeg Jets: Live Score, Updates & Analysis
The Winnipeg Jets gave the Montreal Canadiens everything they had Thursday, but just didn't get the help they needed from the New York Rangers or Ottawa Senators to make the anticipation last more than two periods.
The Jets came out flying, knowing exactly what was on the line against the Habs. Winnipeg needed points tonight to stay in playoff contention, along with losses by both the Rangers and Sens.
Both of those games kept the Jets tilt interesting as they both went to overtime, but the Washington Capitals couldn't hold off the Senators and the Carolina Hurricanes couldn't find a way to beat hungrier New York Rangers.
So now the Jets collect their things and put a bow on their second season in Winnipeg without a playoff appearance while the Canadiens are still in a gutsy fight with the Boston Bruins for the Northeast Division crown.
Both the Canadiens and the B's won their games tonight, keeping them in a deadlock for the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Both squads have 59 points and are tied in ROW with 24. Races don't get much closer than that.
The bottom of the East is just as interesting as the top, with a three-way tie in points among the Rangers, Senators and New York Islanders.
With only three days left to go in the season, teams around the league are doing a good job of keeping things interesting for us fans.
Hats off to the Jets for another season to build on, and credit goes to the Canadiens for smelling the blood in the water and finishing off a demoralized team.
FINAL: Montreal Canadiens - 4 Winnipeg Jets - 2
Montreal stays in a dogfight with the Boston Bruins for the division crown. Both teams won in regulation tonight.
FINAL Montreal Canadiens - 4 Winnipeg Jets - 2
The Winnipeg fans are on their collective feet, cheering on their Jets for a hard-fought season. No one expected them to put up a fight for a playoff spot this deep into the season, and as the sting of this one dies off there will be plenty to be proud of.
Claude Noel looks like a broken man on the bench. I can't imagine what this feels like. Going from a meaningful hockey game and having it pulled out from under you in between periods. The Jets played the same number of games as every other team in the league though.
They have some positive momentum moving into 2014.
A few grazing Canadiens fans try to get the "Olay, olay, olay, olay" chant going, to which the Winnipeg faithful respond with a few very loud "Go Jets Go" chants.
Boarding call against the Jets. Canadiens going on the power play again.
Jets had some pressure, but Montreal did a good job of keeping them to the perimeter. Subban still hearing it from the Winnipeg crowd.
3rd Period (4:33) Montreal Canadiens - 4 Winnipeg Jets - 2
Wheeler whips one on goal. Price has no issues with the puck, gobbles it up and freezes the play.
One of the Jets has to do something to give this crowd something to cheer about. A big hit or something is imminent.
Canadiens score again, and the Jets are just deflated. Poor pass in the transition ends up behind Pavelec. Weird goal, but it wouldn't have been a shot at all if the Jets had cleared the zone.
David Desharnais scores his second of the night, and his second of the period.
3rd Period (12:01) Montreal Canadiens - 4 Winnipeg Jets - 2
That goal was all Subban. He didn't score it, but the number of smart things he did on that play was not countable on one hand. Breaking a stick, hustling to get another stick, clearing the broken stick out of the zone, grabbing the puck as it was about to cross the blue line, cranking that shot that found the way onto the stick of Desharnais.
David Desharnais buries a deflected puck. Power play goal. Montreal now has the lead. Important to them as Boston won their game this evening.
3rd Period (12:01) Montreal Canadiens - 3 Winnipeg Jets - 2
Too many men on the ice penalty. Kane clearly dying to get onto the ice, jumps the boards and joins the rush, putting his team down two men.
Subban suckers Ladd into a penalty there.
Montreal going on the powerplay.
3rd Period (13:39) Montreal Canadiens - 2 Winnipeg Jets - 2
Evander Kane clearly didn't get the memo that the Jets were out of the playoff hunt. He's throwing his body around like he's a kid trying to make the team in camp, taking every shot he can and clearly trying to give his teammates some effort to rally behind.
Brendan Gallagher scores his 14th of the year, and Lars Ellar is down and appears to be injured behind the Jets net.
3rd Period (17:53) Montreal Canadiens - 2 Winnipeg Jets - 2
Kane hits Gallagher at center ice, draws a small reaction from the hometown crowd.
The shift of atmosphere in Winnipeg is almost chilling. All the seats appear to be filled, but there is not any audible noise coming form the stands. What a shift.
3rd Period (18:57) Montreal Canadiens - 1 Winnipeg Jets - 2
Heartbreaking to see the looks on the faces of the Jets. They gave their all in this game and got no help in OT in either game.
Start of third period. Deflated crowd, deflated team.
Both Ottawa and New York clinch playoff spots tonight, dousing all hopes that Winnipeg had.
I wonder if the Jets will be made aware of the outcomes of these games during the intermission, and if so, it will be very interesting to see how they come out in the third period. This is their final game of the season on home ice against a Canadian rival, so one would think they'd come out with reckless abandon.
Ottawa just scored in overtime.
The Hockey God's just weren't with Winnipeg tonight.
The New York Rangers prevailed over the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime, while the Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators just started their respective OT period.
The Rangers victory puts quite the damper on the Jets and their playoff hopes.
New York clinched with the victory. Now Winnipeg fans must hope that Ottawa doesn't secure another point against Washington.
The first period between the Jets and Canadiens was exciting, fast paced hockey and neither team let down at all during the second.
Rene Bourque finally cashed in on Montreal's relentless early-period pressure as he scored on a rebound opportunity. Blake Wheeler scored a similar wild netmouth-scramble type goal to put the Jets ahead 2-1 heading into the 3rd period.
Fans hoping for a physical contest haven't been disappointed in the slightest, as both squads have left it all out on the ice through the first 40 minutes of play.
The Jets clearly know what's on the line despite the lack of shots, and the Canadiens know they are trying to keep pace with the Boston Bruins for the division crown. Both teams are playing like they need to win this game, and it's a shame both of them can't take home two points.
First time I've heard Brian Gionta's name all night as the period closes. Fires a shot wide towards the end of this second period.
Wheeler's 19th of the season put the Jets ahead with 40 minutes gone in Winnipeg. 20 minutes left to go here.
End of 2nd Period Montreal Canadiens - 1 Winnipeg Jets - 2
Wright really did get away with a serious slash there. Breaking a stick is typically an automatic call. No call here though. Letting them play.
2nd Period (1:24) Montreal Canadiens - 1 Winnipeg Jets - 2
Chris Thorburn just blew a gift of a pass from Byfuglien. He was in behind the D and just couldn't find a way to keep the puck on his stick.
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