FLA
15-27-6
WPG
24-21-3
OT
19 SOG
21 SOG

Jets 3, Panthers 2, OT

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Keeping the penalties to a minimum, the Winnipeg Jets shook off a lackluster start to snap a three-game losing streak.

Bryan Little scored on the power play with 16 seconds left in overtime Tuesday night, lifting the Jets to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

Little took a pass inside the Panthers' zone and wired a shot past Florida goalie Scott Clemmensen.

The Jets took just two penalties on the night after finding their way to the box far too often on their recent slide.

But Tuesday didn't start off well for Winnipeg, which came out flat, giving away the puck four times and winning only one of 10 faceoffs in the first period.

"We looked like we'd never been together, really, it was really difficult to watch us play," Winnipeg coach Claude Noel said.

Added Jets captain Andrew Ladd: "We kind of sat back, instead of putting pressure on them up ice, we let them gather speed and come at us full throttle."

But after trailing 1-0 in the second, the Jets found their legs in the middle period as the teams headed to the third tied 2-2.

"I thought that the second period we did a better job of getting the forecheck going, getting on our toes and trying to create stuff offensively," Ladd said.

Panthers coach Kevin Dineen was happy his team got a point, but felt they deserved a better fate.

"We worked hard and had great chances," Dineen said. "It feels like a loss and not so much as a point gained."

Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart also scored for the Jets, while Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Fleischmann had the Panthers' goals.

Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 17 stops in what he said was an important win after the team had dropped three on the road.

"It was huge after the road trip (where) we didn't play well, we came in this building, we feel comfortable here," he said. "It's special to play in front of those crowds. It doesn't matter who you play, Florida, Tampa, we needed two points, especially after the road trip."

Huberdeau banged in Drew Shore's rebound at 18:12 of the first to open the scoring. The Panthers outshot the Jets 7-3, who didn't record a shot on target until there were under six minutes to play in the period.

Winnipeg dialed up its intensity in the second and Wheeler put the Jets on the board from the point at 2:28, when he slammed Tobias Enstrom's pass past Clemmensen, who made 18 saves on the night.

But Florida regained the lead less than two minutes later on Fleischmann's shot from the point that sailed past Pavelec.

Stuart's wrist shot, his first goal this season, beat Clemmensen between the pads at 12:21 to tie it again, as the Jets outshot Florida 14-5 in the period.

The third was scoreless, with neither team able to capitalize on a power-play opportunity.

The Jets, who finished the night 1 for 4 with the man advantage after Little's winner, welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday before heading out on the road again.

Notes: The Jets started the game with the highest-scoring defense in the NHL - seven goals and 26 points - led by Enstrom's team-high 11 points. ... The Panthers' Peter Mueller saw his streak of a goal in each of his last four games end Tuesday.

1st2nd3rdOTT
FLA
WPG
Scoring Summary
1st Period
18:12FLA Jonathan Huberdeau (3) ASST: Drew Shore (2), Mike Weaver (1) 1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
02:28WPG Blake Wheeler (4) ASST: Toby Enstrom (10) 1 - 1 Tie
03:52FLA Tomas Fleischmann (3) ASST: Brian Campbell (3), Kris Versteeg (2) 2 - 1 FLA
12:21WPG Mark Stuart (1) ASST: Zach Redmond (1), Alexander Burmistrov (1) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
04:44WPG PPG - Bryan Little (2) ASST: Zach Redmond (2), Ron Hainsey (3) 3 - 2 WPG
Three Stars of the Game
Bryan Little
1st
Bryan Little
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:34
Alexander Burmistrov
2nd
Alexander Burmistrov
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:08
Mark Stuart
3rd
Mark Stuart
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:17
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:56FLA Peter Mueller  Tripping against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
09:54WPG Toby Enstrom  Hooking against  Tomas Kopecky
2nd Period
17:30FLA Kris Versteeg  Holding against  Toby Enstrom
3rd Period
09:08WPG Jim Slater  Hooking against  Dmitry Kulikov
14:59FLA Stephen Weiss  Tripping against  Alexander Burmistrov
OT Period
02:50FLA Filip Kuba  Tripping against  Evander Kane
shots by period
PeriodFLAWPG
1st73
2nd514
3rd62
OT12
Total1921
Team Stats
CategoryFLAWPG
Power Plays0/21/4
Hits1723
Faceoff Wins1826
Giveaways77
Takeaways47
Blocked Shots2012
Penalty Minutes84
  • FLORIDA
  • WINNIPEG
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7D. KulikovD0010018:27
9S. WeissC0001220:21
11J. HuberdeauL1001015:03
14T. FleischmannL1001018:05
17F. KubaD0002224:29
18S. MatthiasC0001010:59
22G. ParrosR000006:12
23T. StrachanD0000017:37
25J. SmithsonC000109:15
27A. KovalevR0002015:55
32K. VersteegL0102218:33
43M. WeaverD0100024:01
50D. ShoreC0104014:36
51B. CampbellD0110030:10
57M. GocC0001020:27
82T. KopeckyR0003020:24
88P. MuellerC0000214:35
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30S. Clemmensen1821.85764:44
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4P. PostmaD0002023:22
5M. StuartD1011019:17
6R. HainseyD0100025:01
8A. BurmistrovC0111018:08
9E. KaneL00-12020:13
12O. JokinenC00-12017:25
13K. WellwoodC0002014:58
16A. LaddL0012020:32
17J. WrightC000008:49
18B. LittleC1013020:34
19J. SlaterC000029:26
22C. ThorburnR000107:27
23A. PonikarovskyL0000013:32
24G. ClitsomeD0000014:38
25Z. RedmondD0200020:53
26B. WheelerR10-13016:40
39T. EnstromD01-10226:28
80N. AntropovC0002017:36
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31O. Pavelec1719.89564:41