JAN. 24, 2017:


The Hockey News - - Buzz -

The Jets are a fun team to play the what-if game with. They hung around the fringe of the play­off race for much of the sea­son but were ba­si­cally done by the time the fi­nal few weeks rolled around. With noth­ing to play for, the Jets in­fu­ri­ated their fans by go­ing on a late-sea­son win­ning streak, rat­tling off seven straight vic­to­ries to tor­pedo their lottery odds.

Or so we thought. As it turns out, that late-sea­son streak left the Jets just one point short of catch­ing the Fly­ers for 19th place over­all. That means we could tech­ni­cally take any Jets loss from the sea­son as the one that cost them a sec­ond straight lottery win. So let’s go with one of the most ago­niz­ing.

This Jan­uary meet­ing with the Sharks marked the return of Pa­trik Laine, who had missed time with a con­cus­sion. But it was remembered for a con­tro­ver­sial third-pe­riod play that saw Ja­cob Trouba knock the puck away from Melker Karls­son on a par­tial break­away with the Jets up by one. Re­plays ap­peared to show Trouba mak­ing a nice stick-on-stick de­fen­sive play, but Karls­son was awarded a penalty shot. He con­verted to tie the game, and the Sharks went on to a 4-3 win. To make mat­ters worse, the Jets ap­peared to tie the game in the dy­ing sec­onds, only to have the goal waved off.

Jets coach Paul Mau­rice and the play­ers were fum­ing about the calls af­ter the game. They might’ve been even more up­set if they’d known the loss would even­tu­ally cost them the sec­ond over­all pick.

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