WINNIPEG - Maybe it was the 4pm Pacific time start. Maybe it was the distraction of the whole Kevin Cheveldayoff situation. Maybe it was over confidence knowing that the Sharks head coach and seven San Jose players were out under covid protocols. Whatever it was, the Winnipeg Jets winning streak came to an end last night as they were defeated in overtime by the San Jose Sharks 2-1.
The Jets came out flatfooted and escaped the first period still tied, but the Sharks scored early in the second when Tomas Hertl beat Connor Hellebuyck after some sloppy defensive play. The Jets were ineffective the entire second period but came to life late in the third period when Kyle Connor scored with 3:12 left to go. In overtime, Nikolaj Ehlers took an untimely penalty leading to Timo Meier’s powerplay goal 1:07 for the Sharks win.
Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves for the Jets, while Sharks Manitoba born goaltender James Reimer stopped 34 Winnipeg shots. Kyle Connor’s goal was his seventh of the season and extended his point steak to seven games. The Jets have earned at least 1 point in their last 6 games and return home for a Tuesday game at Canada Life Centre against the Dallas Stars. Puck drop is at 7pm (TSN 3, 680 CJOB/Power 97).