Montreal Canadiens 4 Winnipeg Jets 1 - In the last 11 games in which the Jets have scored first, their record was 10-1. The problem was they had only scored first once in the last 11 games.
Alexander Burmistrov gave the Jets a 1-0 lead 8:16 into the first period, his fourth of the year. Burmistrov had gone 17 games without a goal. But that was the only goal the Jets would get, as offence continues to be a major issue.
The Jets have scored just 18 goals in their last 11 games, and are 3-8 over that stretch. Their road record that was so good all year is now at 10-10-2 as they finished 0-3 on this trip. With their fifth straight loss, their overall record has dropped to 18-19-2.
With the Jets up 1-0, Michael Ryder scored a power play goal for the Canadiens to tie it and that's the way the first period ended. Ryder scored again at 2:03 of the second, and Brian Gionta added another power play goal at 5:51 of the second to put Montreal up by two.
The Jets came out strong in the third, outshooting Montreal 17-4, but could not beat Peter Budaj. They appeared to score on a power play that would have made it a one-goal game, but the goal was waived off as the officials felt Blake Wheeler had interfered with Budaj. However, replays showed it was more Josh Georges that made the contact than Wheeler.
Alex Galchenyuk would round out the scoring with his first goal in 19 games.
Dustin Byfuglien played most of the game up front but the shift to forward is not an easy one. His ice time was a season low 15:15 and he did not play the final 10 minutes. Montreal was two-for-two on the power play and three-for-three on the penalty kill.
The Jets have nine games remaining, including seven at the MTS Centre, and are tied with Washington at 38 points in the Southeast Division. However, Washington has two games in hand on the Jets.
The Jets are home to Philadelphia Saturday afternoon (TSN 1290) and then play just two games in nine days. The Jets have played a league-leading 39 games.
The Jets were without Nik Antropov, who is out with a lower body injury. There were two new faces in the lineup, with Mike Santorelli (picked up on waivers from Florida) and Aaron Gagnon (recalled from St. John's) both in. Kyle Wellwood was a healthy scratch.
"Our team game has to be better," offered head coach Claude Noel after the game. "We don't get a power play goal on three tries, they go two-for-two." As for the standings, "It's not like we don't know what's going on. When you lose five in a row, you know things are going to change."