Tyler Myers simply had enough.
And as the Jets took their eighth straight minor penalty of the second period on Thursday night against the Nashville Predators, Myers let his frustrations be known as he mockingly clapped at the referee while fellow defenseman Jacob Trouba was getting hauled off for slashing.
The parade to the penalty box didn’t sit well with anyone on the Jets, even if several of the calls were self-inflicted wounds.
Winnipeg clearly felt slighted, regardless. Four-letter pleasantries were flying everywhere on the broadcast.
Dustin Byfuglien didn’t take too kindly to the penalty box cam, hitting it with his stick while it was focused on him.
Myers’ transgression landed him a 10-minute misconduct.
The Predators couldn’t convert. Not on a single one of their power play attempts (which totalled nine by the time the game was through). The Jets, who struggled last week in Dallas after taking too many penalties in a 5-1 loss, killed off each and every penalty they took, deserved or not.
That’s quite the feat from both teams.
The Predators went on to win the game 3-0, exacting a little revenge after the Jets ended their season last year in Game 7 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Some of the mayhem seen in the second period was almost expected. The hate that began during that seven-game series and finally resurfaced in the second period with the Jets down 1-0.
A high cross-check and a late hit finally made it all boil over.
In a game where the team making the least number of mistakes would likely triumph, it was the Jets who caved first and they paid for it.
Luckily, there’s more to come this season. One of the league’s fiercest rivalries happens to be between two of its best teams. Winnipeg and Nashville will meet three more times before the season ends, and both teams are expected to end the season near the top of the Central Division.
There will be some time to cool off before they meet again in January, but it’s unlikely their hate for one another will subside much at all by then anyway.
In the meantime, the Jets need to figure out their discipline issues.
Three of their four games have featured many visits to the box. Winnipeg has been shorthanded 20 times in four games thus far. They’ve killed off 85 percent of those, sure, but if you’re taking five penalties on average per game, that nice penalty-killing rate won’t be so nice after a while.