March 30, 2017
Dustin Byfuglien scored the game-tying goal with 12 seconds left in regulation, and Mark Scheifele had the game-winner in overtime as the Jets rallied to beat the Ducks 4-3 on Thursday.
The Ducks took a 3-1 lead into the 3rd period, however, Winnipeg scored twice in the final 8:25 of the 3rd to tie things up. Blake Wheeler and Joel Armia also scored for the Jets.
Anaheim got two goals from Corey Perry, and one from Jakob Silfverberg, but it wasn’t enough to keep their 5-game win streak alive.
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle issued a coach’s challenge on Byfuglien’s tying goal, but referees ruled that it was a good goal after a big scramble in the crease. Jonathan Bernier still managed to turn away 37 shots for Anaheim, despite taking the loss.
Corey Perry said the Ducks just lost focus. “We didn’t play for the full 60 minutes,” Perry said. “You take your foot off the gas in this league, you’re going to get burnt. You can’t sit back and receive a hockey game, and we did that in the final frame.”
Silfverberg got the Ducks off to a nice start just over 8 minutes into the game, when he beat Michael Hutchinson with a wrist shot to the glove side.
Armia scored short-handed to tie things up at 11:54 when he beat Bernie with a quick low shot.
Perry scored with just over a minute left in the 1st period to put the Ducks back in front. He would strike again in the 2nd period with a power play goal at the 7:01 mark.
Wheeler’s 24th of the season started the Jets rally in the 3rd, which altered the momentum in the Jets favor.
The Ducks now have five games remaining on their schedule before the playoffs. They’ll now travel to Edmonton on Saturday to take on the Oilers, followed by a trip to Calgary on Sunday to take on the Flames to finish up their road trip.