WINNIPEG - March 24th. That’s the date the Jets should think about the most when they are cleaning out their lockers on April 30th after missing the playoffs. March 24th. The date that the Dallas Stars won when they needed to (beating Carolina 4-3) and the Jets lost when they needed the win.
The uninspired Winnipeg Jets were soundly defeated last night by the Ottawa Senators 5-2 in front of a lifeless crowd of 14,175 at Canada Life Centre to fall 5 points back of the Stars for the final wildcard playoff spot.
I have to give credit where credit is due. Despite missing their top defenseman Thomas Chabot, the Senators were relentless in their forechecking, causing countless Jets turnovers as Winnipeg could not get any momentum whatsoever other than when they opened the scoring with a Josh Morrissey goal at 8:38 of the first period. It was almost all Ottawa after that; they outshot the Jets 33-24. Kyle Connor got his 40th goal of the year late in the third, but it was too little to late.
Brady Tkachuk got a pair of goals for the Sens, Tyler Ennis, Colin White, and Connor Brown also scored.
The Jets homestand continues tonight when they face Patrick Laine and the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7pm (TSN3, 680 CJOB/Power 97).