Jets coach Rick Bowness rips team’s effort after elimination loss to Golden Knights

Winnipeg Jets coach Rick Bowness said he was “so disappointed and disgusted right now” after his team was eliminated by the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 in Game 5 on Thursday night.

“No pushback,” he told reporters in a news conference that lasted a little more than a minute. “But it’s the same crap we saw in February. As soon as we were challenging for first place and teams were coming after us, we had no pushback. This series we had no pushback.”.

Vegas’ Chandler Stephenson scored twice in Game 5, including 50 seconds into the game. Mark Stone, who had three points, scored 42 seconds into the second period. William Karlsson also scored.

“Their better players were so much better than ours, it’s not even close,” Bowness said.

Winnipeg’s Kyle Connor broke the shutout bid by Vegas’ Laurent Brossoit (30 saves) with a goal in the third period. A second Jets goal was wiped out on review because of a hand pass.

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The Western Conference-leading Golden Knights will advance to the second round and face the winner of the Los Angeles Kings-Edmonton Oilers series, which the Oilers lead 3-2. The Jets, who won the series opener 5-1, will head home after a fourth consecutive loss.

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Bowness said he had been holding in his feelings since January and February.

“There’s got to be pride,” he said. “You got to be able to push back when things aren’t going your way. … They were the better team in the regular season. They were the better team in the series.”.

DEVILS 4, RANGERS 0

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Erik Haula had two goals and an assist, Akira Schmid stopped 23 shots, and the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Rangers 4-0 Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.

Dawson Mercer had a goal and an assist, and Ondrej Palat also scored to help New Jersey move one win away from advancing with their third consecutive win after losing the first two games at home. It was the first win by a home team in the series.

Igor Shesterkin finished with 39 saves for the Rangers, who have been outscored 9-2 over the last three games after a pair of 5-1 wins to open the series.

Game 6 is Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

LIGHTNING 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2

TORONTO (AP) – Michael Eyssimont had a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Thursday night to force Game 6 in their first-round playoff series.

Anthony Cirelli also had a goal and an assist, Nicholas Paul and Alex Killorn, into an empty net, also scored for Tampa. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves.

Morgan Rielly and Auston Matthews scored for Toronto, which got 34 stops from Ilya Samsonov. John Tavares had two assists.

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The Leafs still lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Game 6 goes Saturday in Tampa. Game 7, if necessary, would be Monday back at Scotiabank Arena.

Toronto, which has failed to advance in the postseason since 2004 and was eliminated by the Lightning in seven games in last spring’s first round, is now 0-10 since 2018 with a chance to eliminate a postseason opponent.

Golden Knights’ Phil Kessel sits out

Golden Knights forward Phil Kessel didn’t play in Game 5, the first time he has sat out a game since Oct. 31, 2009. But his NHL-record ironman streak of 1,064 games remains intact because that counts only regular-season games … Golden Knights defensemen Brayden McNabb (injury) and Shea Theodore (illness) also sat out while Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers returned from an injury. Injured Jets Mark Scheifele and Josh Morrissey missed the game. … Stephenson had a chat with Jets center Morgan Barron during the handshake line. He had pushed down Barron during a goalmouth scramble earlier in the series, leading him to get 75-plus stitches when his face was cut by Brossoit’s skate.

Contributing: Associated Press.

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