Winnipeg Jets Lose Heartbreaker Thanks to Barret Jackman Goal From Center (Video)
Earlier, we showed you the prettiest goal of the evening from the NHL, which came via the Rangers’ Kevin Hayes. Now, we bring you the ugliest.
It came off the stick of St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman, with just over a minute remaining in a 4-4 tie against the Winnipeg Jets.
We don’t have to explain to you how ugly it actually was. Just watch and you’ll see for yourself:
That one hurts, especially when you consider a few things. Like, for starters, that was the only goal Ondrej Pavelec allowed after replacing Michael Hutchinson between the pipes midway through the second period with the Jets trailing 4-1. Pavelec would stop 19 of the 20 shots he faced, helping the Jets mount a three-goal comeback, but it was the one shot he let past him that everyone will remember—especially because of the possible playoff implications that come with it.
You see, the Jets entered the game with a three-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. But their 5-4 regulation loss, coupled with a Kings victory over the Avs, now has Los Angeles sitting just one point back with a game in hand. And the Jets also lost some ground on the Minnesota Wild, whose victory over the Devils gives them a three point lead on Winnipeg for the first wild card spot in the West.
Will this loss cause the Jets to spiral out of playoff contention, or will they bounce back in time to give the fans in Winnipeg their first taste of post-season action since 1996? We may have our answer as soon as Thursday, when the team travels to Florida to take on the Panthers.