Tobias Enstrom Injured as the Winnipeg Jets Lose 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins

Eric McKelvieSenior Writer IFebruary 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22:  Tobias Enstrom #39 of the Winnipeg Jets skates down the ice against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on January 22, 2013 in Washington, DC.   (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The Winnipeg Jets fell 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday and one of their best defensemen, Tobias Enstrom, left the game in the first period and didn’t return. 

Enstrom was hit along the boards by Pascal Dupuis and immediately left the ice and went down the tunnel. It appeared as though he was favoring his right arm. 

According to, Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel suggested after the game that Enstrom could be out a while, stating, "it won't be day-to-day."

The 28-year-old leads the Jets in scoring and is second among NHL blueliners with 13 points in 13 games this season. 

Zach Bogosian made his season debut against the Penguins and helped fill the void left by Enstrom. Only Ron Hainsey and Dustin Byfuglien played more than Bogosian, who was on the ice for over 25 minutes. 

Despite a few mistakes early which allowed Craig Adams to score the game’s first goal, the Jets played well for the most part. 

They were outshot 28-26, but consistently applied pressure in the Penguins' zone, which resulted in a number of good scoring chances in the second and third periods. If not for a strong performance by Marc-Andre Fleury, the Jets may have come out on top. 

James Neal put the Penguins up 2-0 on a 5-on-3 power play late in the third, but Andrew Ladd scored to cut the lead in half soon after. With the Jets pressing in the final minute, Evander Kane fanned on a shot, which led to Adams scoring his second of the night, albeit on an empty net. 

Perhaps most notable was the play of newly acquired forward Eric Tangradi, who made his Jets debut against his former team. Tangradi had four hits, two blocked shots and was good on the forecheck in 12:42 of ice time.

Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec performed better than he has of late, stopping 25 shots in the loss.

The Jets outhit the Penguins 34-24, had a better turnover ratio, but once again failed to get the job done on special teams, going 0-for-2 on the power play. Their power play ranks 13th in the league, while their penalty kill is still dead last in the NHL.

The Jets continue to fall in the Eastern Conference standings and are now in 12th place, four points out of the playoffs. On top of that, it's possible Enstrom could miss significant time, just when it seemed like Winnipeg's blue line was healthy.