Winnipeg Jets drop seesaw showdown to Pittsburgh Penguins

The Winnipeg Jets had three different leads but still couldn’t hang on for the victory.The Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t have a lead until the dying minutes, but still rallied to defeat the Jets 4-3 on Tuesday at Bell MTS Place.The two teams traded goals back and forth until the Penguins scored with just over five minutes remaining to take their first lead of the night.“I don’t think either team would probably say it was their A-game tonight,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said.Story continues below

“But they’re a dangerous team. They got dangerous players. They don’t need much. You give them an inch and they’ll take it.”Wheeler had two assists in the loss, setting up both of Mark Scheifele’s goals. Brandon Tanev had the other marker for Winnipeg.Sidney Crosby, Riley Sheahan, Derek Grant and Zach Aston-Reese scored for Pittsburgh.Connor Hellebuyck stopped 26 of 30 shots but was lamenting the Penguins’ third goal on a shot that seemed to fool the Jets netminder.“I thought we played a pretty good game,” Hellebuyck said.“I think that one is on me. I got to find a way to stop a weird knuckler, but man, it just sucks ’cause I was having a great game, and the guys were playing fantastic in front of me, so that one’s on me tonight.”“Gave up a tough one, and got a bad break on one, and it’s in the back of your net, and that’s it,” Jets’ head coach Paul Maurice said. “It’s a tight game. Not a lot of execution probably going both ways. Each team had a hand in that, shutting the other team down a little bit, tough night.”The Penguins extended their point streak to five games.“We got away from our game a little bit,” Scheifele said.“We got pucks hung up at the red line, and the blueline, and didn’t get it deep. That team lives off turnovers so they made us pay.”Patrik Laine was held in check as his four-game goal-scoring streak came to an end. He remains one goal shy of 100 for his career.Casey DeSmith made 24 stops in goal for the Penguins.RELATED: Marko Dano ‘happy to be back here’ after re-joining Manitoba Moose Dustin Byfuglien left the game temporarily early in the first period after a collision near the Jets’ bench. He appeared to take the worst of it after running into Jamie Oleksiak. He looked very woozy after getting up and had to be helped into the bench. Byfuglien went to the dressing room a short time later but returned to the game after missing about 10 minutes of action.WATCH: Winnipeg Jets’ post-game reaction