New York Islanders scores twice in final two minutes to knock off Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets wasted a two-goal third period lead as they lost for the third time in their last four games.The New York Islanders scored three unanswered goals in the third period in a 5-4 victory over the Jets on Thursday at Bell MTS Place.The Jets appeared to have complete control of the game with both a 3-1 lead and a 4-2 advantage. But the Isles scored three straight times, including a pair of goals in the final two minutes to sink the Jets.Story continues below

“We got a little loopy, a little careless,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said.“And yeah, they were able to capitalize. They tie the game – we got to be mature enough to shut the game down, and get a point and try to battle it out in overtime or a shootout. We’ve done it a few times now, so that’s something we can learn from.”Wheeler later clarified that “careless” was a poor choice of words, but either way, it was a strong start, but a poor finish from a team battling for first place in the division.“At 3-1 we turn the puck over inside the line, we’re in the middle of a line change, and we got too many men on the ice back-to-back games, and it’s in the net,” head coach Paul Maurice said.“We’ve taken a game that we had complete control of, and invited them back in.”Adam Lowry and Brandon Tanev both had three-point nights for the Jets. Lowry had two goals and one assist, while Tanev had a goal and a couple helpers. Mark Scheifele also found the net in the loss. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 38 shots as the Jets were outshot 43-36.WATCH: Winnipeg Jets Post Game Reaction