A similar situation unfolded five minutes later. Once again, the Canucks were called for too many men and once again the Jets capitalized, with Copp knocking in a rebound.
Winnipeg was 2 for 3 with the man advantage. Vancouver failed to capitalize on two power plays.
“We take those two penalties that should never happen on our part and they capitalize on it, Canucks center Bo Horvat said. “I thought for the majority of the game we carried the play and did some good things tonight so it’s frustrating to lose that one.”
The too-many-men penalties were a result of miscommunication, Horvat added.
“It’s just one of those mix up things. We’ve got to be sharper on the bench,” he said.
The Jets added another strike before the second intermission.
Demko came up high in his creased to challenge a shot from Blake Wheeler and made a solid stop with his left skate. But Scheifele was there to collect the rebound and pop it in to give Winnipeg a 3-0 lead.
There weren’t any goals in the first period.
Despite the final score, Canucks coach Travis Green felt his group did a lot of good things on Wednesday.
As the year progresses, losses become a bit tougher to take, especially when the team is playing well, he said.
“Sometimes you play a pretty decent game and things don’t go your way. Does it sting? Yeah, a little bit,” Green said. “It should, though. That’s why we play the games, because they matter. And they feel great when you win and when you lose, they’re supposed to hurt.”
NOTES: Horvat returned to the Canucks lineup after missing much of the third period Monday. He took a slap shot to the foot early in the period and couldn’t put weight on his left leg as he headed to the dressing room. … Jets defenseman Tucker Poolman played his 100th NHL game.
Jets: At Calgary on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights.
Canucks: Host Calgary on Wednesday, March 31.
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