Jets blow big lead in OT loss
ANAHEIM, Calif.—Once the Anaheim Ducks wiped out a four-goal deficit, all the stress shifted to the visiting Winnipeg Jets.
Stephane Robidas scored 16 seconds into overtime as the Ducks staged the biggest comeback in team history by rallying from four goals down to beat the Jets 5-4 last night.
“We just tried to play our game, and I got lucky and it went in.”
Andrew Cogliano and Luca Sbisa assisted on Robidas’ fifth goal of the season.
Anaheim outshot the Jets 25-6 in the third period and outscored them 3-0 to force overtime.
Corey Perry tied it with 22.7 seconds left in regulation—scoring his 39th goal after Anaheim pulled rookie goalie Frederik Andersen for an extra skater.
The Ducks (49-18-8) also established a franchise record for most wins in a season.
“When you always believe you can win, you’re never out of the game,” reasoned Ducks’ coach Bruce Boudreau.
“I think that was what happened.”
The Jets, meanwhile, struggled to put into words what happened in their collapse.
“You’re just awfully disappointed because you liked so much of what you saw, and then to have it go away . . . it’s just frustrating,” said Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice.
Anaheim remained atop of the Pacific Division—three points ahead of idle San Jose with a game in hand.
The Ducks trail Western Conference-leading St. Louis by one point.
The Jets, last in the Central Division, are 1-2-1 on their road trip that ends tonight at Phoenix.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Ottawa nipped Carolina 2-1 (SO), Minnesota edged L.A, 3-2, and New Jersey doubled Florida 6-3.