The Winnipeg Jets closed out their three-game road trip through California with a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Saturday.
Jack Roslovic had the Jets’ only goal, while Laurent Brossoit played a strong game, but a first-period offensive outburst from the Kings was ultimately all it took for Los Angeles to pick up both points in the Western Conference matchup.
LA came out firing on all cylinders, peppering the Jets for 19 shots, compared to Winnipeg’s six in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Two of the Kings’ shots found the twine, as both Joakim Ryan and Nikolai Prokhorkin beat Brossoit to pull ahead after one period of play.
Ryan scored on long wrist shot at 7:34 of the first period that beat the screened Jets’ netminder cleanly, before Prokhorkin put a rebound past a bewildered Brossoit with less than eight minutes to play to give the home team a 2-0 lead.
The second period saw Winnipeg bounce back with 15 shots on Kings’ netminder Jack Campbell, but none of the visitors’ chances found their way into the cage. The Jets maintained pressure through the third period, ultimately matching Los Angeles’ shot output at 34 with another strong effort in the game’s final frame.
Jack Roslovic collected his sixth goal of the season just 4:18 into the third period, finishing off a perfect give-and-go play with defenceman Tucker Poolman to cut the Kings’ lead in half. Unfortunately for Winnipeg, it was the closest that the Jets would get to LA’s early lead.
With Brossoit on the bench for the extra attacker, Winnipeg had a handful of high-danger scoring chances, including a Mark Scheifele one-on-one opportunity at the top of the crease in which Campbell stopped with less than two seconds to play in the game.
The Jets now return home to Bell MTS Place for a Tuesday evening game against fellow Central Division rival Dallas Stars, before travelling to Texas for a Thursday evening rematch against those same Stars. Tuesday’s game will feature a 7:00 PM central puck drop, while Thursday’s contest will begin at 7:30 PM. Both games will be available to view on TSN3.