The Sports Xchange, Published April 05 2014
Winnipeg doubles up Maple LeafsTORONTO – After officially being eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday, the Winnipeg Jets began playing their role of spoiler with a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night.
The loss was another severe blow to the Leafs’ postseason hopes. Toronto (38-32-8) has now lost nine of its past 11 games in regulation and five of seven on home ice.
The Leafs sit just a single point back of Columbus for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, but the Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals all have games in hand.
Defenseman Tobias Enstrom gave the Jets their first lead of the game at 17 minutes, 02 seconds of the second period and center Olli Jokinen picked up the insurance marker at 7:09 of the third period for Winnipeg (34-34-10).
Center Bryan Little and defenseman Jacob Trouba had the Jets’ other goals while Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves.
Left winger Phil Kessel and center Nazem Kadri scored Toronto’s goals.
Goaltender James Reimer, who has not won a start since Jan. 21 made 37 saves in the loss.
Toronto’s fifth-ranked power play had two early opportunities as Matt Halischuk was assessed a high-sticking penalty at 4:47, and then Mark Stuart took an elbowing penalty at 7:18, but the Leafs were unable to capitalize.
With Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger off for holding on Jets defenseman Adam Pardy, Winnipeg took its first lead of the night.
Enstrom beat Reimer from the point for his 10th of the season, giving Winnipeg a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien left the game with an upper-body injury with 4:55 remaining in the second and did not return.
Winnipeg 2 1 1— 4
Toronto 2 0 0— 2
First Period—1, Toronto, Kessel 37 (Bozak, Van Riemsdyk) 2:45. 2, Winnipeg, Little 23 (Frolik, Stuart) 6:22. 3, Toronto, Kadri 20 (unassisted) 13:45 (pp). 4, Winnipeg, Trouba 10 (Frolik, Ladd) 19:56.
Second Period—5, Winnipeg, Enstrom 10 (Ladd, Wheeler) 17:02 (pp).
Third Period—6, Winnipeg, Jokinen 18 (Wheeler, O’Dell) 7:09.
Shots on Goal—Winnipeg 12-14-15—41. Toronto 8-7-10—25.
Power-play opportunities—Winnipeg 1 of 2. Toronto 1 of 4.
Goalies—Winnipeg Pavelec 22-26-7 (25 shots-23 saves). Toronto Reimer 12-14-1 (41-37).
A—19,544 (18,819). T—2:34.