Jets rattle Sabres, keep pace with Capitals with second straight win
The Winnipeg Jets won their second straight game Tuesday tonight, but it’s still wasn’t enough to lift them into a playoff position. The Jets downed the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 tonight at MTS Centre, but the Washington Capitals also won, beating Montreal 3-2, to remain two points up on the Jets atop the Southeast Division. The Caps also have a game in hand. Winnipeg (20-19-2) moved into an eighth-place tie with the idle New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference, but the Blueshirts have two games in hand. The Jets are technically in ninth place in the conference. The Jets believed they needed to win seven of their last nine games to get into the playoffs, and they’ve won the first two of those nine contests. The next one, which is the third of a six-game home stand, goes Thursday night against the hapless Florida Panthers. Tonight’s game was tied 0-0 after 20 minutes, with the Jets owning an 11-7 edge in shots, but for the second straight game the home team exploded in the second period. Kyle Wellwood got the ball rolling when he took an accidental pass from Evander Kane, whose shot deflected right on to the winger’s stick. Wellwood deposited his fourth of the season — and second in as many games — into the wide-open net. Six minutes later Aaron Gagnon scored his first NHL goal when he took a feed in the slot from Dustin Byfuglien and fired it past a sliding Ryan Miller.
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