No Regrets, Jets Fly Home for Game 5

 

The Winnipeg Jets will be leaving California headed back to Manitoba after losing Game 4 to the San Jose Sharks who extended the series to five games.  In what appears to be a controversial move, head coach Bobby Orr elected to go with Karl Friesen Thursday night in hopes of giving Allan Bester a bit more rest and the move back fired. 

 

Friesen, who was elite through the regular season, was anything but during this game as the veteran goaltender, who is retiring at season's end, played just over a period surrendering five goals on just 18 shots departing with the Jets down 5-2. 

 

Bester came into the game for the final 35 minutes and stopped nine of the ten shots he faced which gave a chance for the Jets to come back, but ultimately lost 6-5.  Veterans Gerard Gallant and Jari Kurri continued their hot playoffs with three points apiece. However, the Kirk Muller line finished -3 for the evening.

 

In more positive news, it appears to be a lock that both Don Sweeney and Keith Carney will return for Game 6 if the series is extended that deep, both were out in the morning skate on Friday, but coach Bobby Orr says he wants to give them each more day to rest. 

 

When asked about his decision and if he regrets not to start Bester, I dont think so, we led the league in points on the backs of both Bester and Freeze, so it was only fitting to give him the opportunity.  Bester will be back in net.

 

The extra home game will also allow ownership to bank an additional $1.3 million for gate revenue which will go into offseason work.