Three Talking Points as the Winnipeg Jets Lose To the Senators 5-2

Winnipeg Jets, Kyle Connor, #81, (Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports)
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Winnipeg Jets, Kyle Connor, #81, (Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Winnipeg Jets lost for the first time in their last three games on Thursday night on home ice against the Ottawa Senators. Here are three talking points from the game.

The Winnipeg Jets played host to the Ottawa Senators Thursday night at the Canada Life Centre in another important game for the team who is fighting for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

The Jets were coming off of a Tuesday night home victory against the Vegas Golden Knights thanks to an outstanding shutout performance by Connor Hellebuyck. Vegas has been struggling and is also a team that the Jets need to pass on their path to the playoffs.

The Jets entered the game three points behind the Dallas Stars for the final Wild Card spot. The Senators came into the game having lost five of their last six games. Despite that, the Senators completely outplayed the Jets earning a well deserved 5-2 victory.

The Jets have a chance to wash the stink of the Senators game away quickly as they take on old pal Patrik Laine and the Columbus Blue Jackets on home ice Friday night. Keiran Hurley has the preview here.

Here are our three talking points from the Jets loss to Ottawa:

3. Third Period Collapse

After two lackluster periods, the Jets were tied with the Senators 1-1 despite being outshot and having not created any sustained pressure on a team below them in the standings. The third period started off with a continuation of the poor play for the Jets as they did not register a shot on goal for the first eight minutes.

Then, within the span of three minutes, the Jets completely collapsed as the Senators scored three goals to take a lead that they would never relinquish. Kyle Connor scored his 40th goal of the season to narrow the gap, but ultimately the Jets gave away an opportunity to win a game they desperately needed to win to remain in the playoff hunt.

It’s hard for Jets fans to fathom how a team with this much at stake came out so flat, particularly in the third period.