Jets edge Oilers 5-4 in OT

Friday, 14 December 2018 04:38
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Josh Morrissey scored 41 seconds into overtime as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 Thursday night.

Morrissey took a feed from Mark Scheifele before breaking into the Oilers zone and beating Cam Talbot with a high wrister to give the Jets their third win in a row.

Just moments earlier Oilers superstar Connor McDavid nearly sent the Edmonton side home with the win as he rang a shot off of the goalpost.

"Obviously Connor got a pretty good shot off and hit the post. I guess we kinda regrouped, came back again, we went the other way and kinda got them on an odd man rush. Scheif and Wheels made the play to get it to me, and just tried to make a good shot," said Morrissey.

The win gave the Jets six points out of a possible eight on their four-game homestand.

Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist for the Jets.

Blake Wheeler had a pair of assists.

Matthieu Perreault, Nikolaj Ehlers, Patrik Laine scored for Winnipeg.

Bryan Little and Dustin Byfuglien each had two assists. Connor Hellebuyck made 21 stops.

Ryan Spooner, Darnell Nurse, Jujhar Khaira and Alex Chiasson scored for Edmonton, who had their 4 game winning streak snapped.

Connor McDavid had a pair of assists for Edmonton.

Cam Talbot took the loss for the Oilers, making 35 saves.

Ryan Spooner opened the scoring at 10:12 beating Connor Hellebuyck with a wrister from the slot just inside the right post. Leon Draisaitl intercepted a Jack Roslovic pass in the high slot before curling with the puck toward the left side boards, hitting Spooner with a centering pass which the Edmonton forward one-timed past Hellebuyck.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Matthieu Perreault evened the contest on the power play at 15:43.

With Jason Garrison off for interference, Perreault walked out of the corner after taking a feed from Kyle Connor before beating Talbot with a backhand.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored at 16:51 as his pass went off of Edmonton defenceman Kevin Gravel's skate and beat goaltender Cam Talbot.

He was attempting to hit Dustin Byfuglien, who was moving through the slot but the pass hit Gravel's skate.

Patrik Laine gave the Jets a two-goal cushion 1:42 into the second period after Dustin Byfuglien fed him a crisp pass in the high slot the Finnish winger simply overpowered Talbot with, snapping a wrister past the Oiler goaltender that he could only get a piece of.

The goal snapped a six-game scoreless streak for the Jet winger, who has 22 goals on the season.

Darnell Nurse's goal 6:04 into the second sparked a three-goal outburst which saw the Oilers finish the second with a one goal lead.

Nurse was credited with a goal when the puck went in off of his skate off a clearing attempt by Jacob Trouba.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Juhar Khaira tied the game at 17:18 of the second period when he nudged a cross crease pass from Jesse Puljujarvi past Hellebuyck to make it 3-3.

Edmonton took the lead 7 seconds into a power play late in the second period.

With Patrik Laine off for tripping Alex Chiasson redirected a hard pass from Connor McDavid past Hellebuyck to make it 4-3 at 18:55.

Mark Scheifele tied it up at 9:58 when he converted a Blake Wheeler feed from behind the net to make it 4-4.

The goal was his 18th of the season.

The game went to overtime.

"They're a good team over there (Jets). They're an experienced team. They know how to win and we're still learning over here. They played a great game over there and they took it to us in the third and we just regroup tomorrow, learn off this you know. We've got to bring a better effort in the third," said Jujhar Khaira, who had a goal on the night.

"I thought the first period, we had a real good push and then they came back with a little bit of momentum at the end. I thought we outplayed them in the second and they hemmed us in pretty good in the third. We couldn't make any clean plays," said Oilers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock. "Winnipeg is a good team once their defencemen get pinching and the puck stays alive. We couldn't get pucks by them and get them into foot races like we did in the second period. They're a big team and they're a good team. They're a top team that's learned how to play that way." "These three (last) games have been great lessons for us. We have not, as a group, been even close to being involved in stuff like this. These are great lessons for us moving forward as long as we take them," he added.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said the game was unsusual.

"It was an unusual game in terms of the styles that these two teams normally play. It was more of a slog up and down the ice. When we get the lead on them, they have some good offensive players, they open their game up a little bit. Then they got the lead on us and almost the exact same thing happened in the third."



Jets double up Blackhawks 6-3

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 03:26
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor scored twice and Laurent Brossoit made 32 saves as the Winnipeg Jets doubled up the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 Tuesday night.

The win wasn't an easy one for the Jets as the Blackhawks pulled to within a goal in the third period, but a key power play goal by Matthieu Perreault at 11:36 of the final frame clinched the club's 19th win of the season.

The Jets power play was clicking on the night, going 3-for-5.

In fact, Winnipeg's power play has 6 tallies in their last two games, something not lost on Mark Scheifele, whose power play marker kick started the Jets to a three-goal first period.

"We know we have a good power play. It’s just a matter of executing. Lately we’ve been executing, so we just have to continue to focus on those fine details."

Winnipeg's backup goaltender Laurent Broissot moved to 6-1-1 on the season and didn't panic when Chicago fired back with three unanswered goals before Matthieu Perreault gave the Jets some breathing room in the third.

"It’s nice," said Broissot. "That attributes to this team. It’s an elite team all the way through. They make it so easy. If you’re sharp and you make a couple of key saves, they make it really easy on you to get a win."

Tyler Myers and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist.

Dustin Byfuglien had three assists.

Matthieu Perreault also scored for Winnipeg, who moved to 19-9-2 on the season.

Dylan Strome, Dominik Kahun and Alex DeBrincat scored for Chicago, who dropped their 8th straight contest in regulation.

Cam Ward took the loss for the Blackhawks, stopping 28 shots.

Mark Scheifele gave Winnipeg the lead on the power play when he deflected a Tyler Myers made it 2-0 just 1:12 later when Jack Roslovic hit him with a backhand pass as he was moving in from the point.

Myers fired the disc past Ward, beating the Chicago goaltender high blocker side to score his 3rd of the season.

Kyle Connor made it 3-0 at 13:38, following up on a failed move on defenceman Brent Seabrook to beat Ward with a high backhand shot.

With Connor Murphy off for slashing Kyle Connor scored his second goal of the game 1:44 into the second, scooping up a rebound after a Mark Scheifele tip left Ward bobbling the puck.

The goal was his 13th of the season.

Chicago pushed back as Dylan Strome got the Blackhawks on the board twenty seconds after Connor's goal, as he glided in and simply out waited Winnipeg goaltender Laurent Brossoit before firing a sharp angle wrister past him to make it 4-1 at 2:04.

Dominik Kahun cut the lead in half at 7:09, knocking a loose puck past Brossoit after he stopped the intial shot leaving the puck sitting in the crease.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Alex DeBrincat pulled Chicago to within a goal 6:08 into the third, when he fired a puck between Broissot and the goal post from a sharp angle to make it 4-3.

Matthieu Perreault restored Winnipeg's two-goal cushion on the power play at 11:36 into the third, knocking the puck past Ward off a rebound from a Nikolaj Ehlers shot to make it 5-3.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Chicago Head Coach Jeremy Colliton didn't mince words in his assessment of his ailing club, who have lost 19 of their last 22 outings.

"If I had it (reason) I would have fixed it already," said Colliton. "Compete harder early on. I thought we were late in almost every situation in the first period. They have a really good team, they pressure and they make a lot of plays. They play like men out there and we just couldn't match it in the beginning and we paid a price for it."

Blackhawks captain Patrick Kane was just as candid. "There's nothing really more we can say about the starts. Spot them four goals, it's tough to come back in this league."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice was pleased with his club's start.

"It’s all based on skating for us, we were off gaps, we were slow with the puck last game and had the exact opposite start (tonight). We were very quick with it, moved it well, and when we didn’t have it (we were) right on top of them. So, it was a real good start from that start."



NOTES-The Blackhawks didn't muster a shot until past the 16 minute mark of the first period, when they did manage one the Winnipeg fans cheered.

Game Recap

Monday, 10 December 2018 04:11

Jets hammer Flyers 7-1

Sunday, 09 December 2018 22:46
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Josh Morrissey had a goal and two assists to pace the Winnipeg Jets to 7-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday afternoon.

The Jets got back on a winning track after being shutout offensively Friday night, hammering the Flyers with three power play goals.

Jets Defenceman Tyler Myers had a goal and an assist.

Kyle Connor, Brandon Tanev, Dustin Byfuglien, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little also scored for the Jets, who have won 5 of their last 6 games and have moved to 18-9-2 on the season.

Mark Scheifele had three assists on the afternoon for Winnipeg.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine each had two assists.

Connor Hellebuyck picked up the win for the Jets, turning aside 36 shots.

Hellebuyck has now stopped 89 of 92 shots his last three games.

Jacub Voracek scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who had their two-game winning streak snapped and drop to 12-13-3.

Michael Neuvirth and Anthony Stolarz combined to stop 28 shots for the Flyers.

Kyle Connor got Winnipeg on the board 11:38 into the first period, firing a low wrister past Philadelphia goaltender Michael Neuvirth to make it 1-0 Jets.

- With Radko Gudas off for roughing, Josh Morrissey scored on the power play at 14:36, one timing a Nikolaj Ehlers feed past Neuvirth from the blue line to give Winnipeg a two-goal lead.

The goal was his third of the season.

Jacub Voracek tipped a puck past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck at 17:34 to get the Flyers on the board.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

Brandon Tanev restored Winnipeg's two-goal cushion 7:31 into the second when he pounced on a rebound off a shot from Josh Morrissey kicking the puck ahead to himself with his skate before firing it past Neuvirth to make it 3-1 Jets.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Flyers Head Coach Dave Hakstol had seen enough and pulled Neuvirth in favor of Anthony Stolarz.

With Travis Konecny off for hooking, Winnipeg took control of the game five seconds into the ensuing power play as Dustin Byfuglien skipped a puck past Stolarz from the blueline at 14:31.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Blake Wheeler broke in alone shorthanded and roofed a backhand deke past Stolarz to make it 5-1 Jets at 15:59.

Bryan Little redirected a Tyler Myers feed 1:41 into the third period on the power play to make it 6-1 Jets.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

Tyler Myers scored at 8:03, converting a Patrik Laine feed to make it 7-1.

Jacub Voracek labelled Hellebuyck as the reason Philadelphia wasn't able to generate much offence.

"Ya well we were still down 2-1. You know what I mean? We were playing a pretty good road game. Like you said, we were dominated, Hellebuyck was playing on his head. He was playing pretty well," said Voracek, who scored the Flyers lone goal on the night.

"We just wanted to have a good third period, and they scored a couple of quick ones and they (Jets) made it 6-1, it was over," he added. "We had some really good chances, he (Hellebuyck) stood on his head," said Flyers captain Claude Giroux. "The one timer on the power play I don't know how he got a pad on it, a stick or a blocker, he's pretty good." "Early in the game I think first period we were down 2-0 I believe that we were the better team, we had good chances. And when they had chances they put them in," he added. SHOTS-PHILADELPHIA 37 WINNIPEG 35 ATTENDANCE-15,321

Jets edge Blackhawks 6-5

Friday, 30 November 2018 05:22
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Nikolaj Ehlers fired three goals and Patrik Laine two as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Chicago Blackhawks by a 6-5 score Thursday night.

The Jet winger scored two of them in primetime fashion, one off a second period slapper which he absolutely blew past Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford, the other on a breakaway where he beat him just inside the short side post.

And to think he had suffered through a 26 game goal scoring drought earlier this season.

It appears that is over as he was due for a breakout night.

"You never know. I mean, you hope for it, you work for it," said Ehlers. "I feel like I’ve been playing some good hockey lately. It’s gotten better and better. My defensive game was not good today but I worked hard as I can to continue growing as a player. And today I got rewarded."

As for Laine, he saw his career goal total surpass the century mark in the game, scoring his 100th and 101st, becoming the 4th youngest player to hit 100 in NHL history to do so.

So far this season the 20 year-old Finn has 21 goals, which leads the NHL and has 18 during the month of November.

"I guess I was just lucky this month. Let’s see how it goes in December. It was a great month. Especially for me," he said. "I think as a team we want more wins, and we want to play better hockey. At least I was kind of helping our team win with those goals. Just try to play better."

Jets captain Blake Wheeler, who had a pair of assists on the night said there is little that Laine does or doesn't do that surprises him.

"I mean, the run he’s been on – 11 goals in a week – obviously something I’ve never seen. You know, he’s the type of guy that you asked him why he hasn’t scored a goal in five games but you know something like that is right around the corner. What a blessing he is to have – tie game, down a goal, you’re never out of it with a shot like that."

Jacob Trouba scored the other Winnipeg goal.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 26 shots for the Jets.

Artem Anisimov paced Chicago's attack with a goal and an assist.

Marcus Kruger, John Hadyden, Jan Rutta, Dominik Kahun scored for Chicago, who have lost four of their last five games.

David Kampf had a pair of assists for the Blackhawks.

Corey Crawford took the loss turning aside 27 shots.

Patrik Laine scored 1:43 into the contest to give the Jets a 1-0 lead.

The goal was his 20th of the season and 100th of his NHL career.

Marcus Kruger tied it up 1: later, beating Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck at 3:03.

Nikolaj Ehlers converted a Blake Wheeler feed 51 seconds later to restore the one goal lead at 3:52.

John Hayden tied it up by knocking a loose puck past Hellebuyck when David Kampf broke between two Jet defenders as Jack Roslovic couldn't control the puck after he appeared to intercept a pass from Hayden in the neutral zone.

Kampf drove the net hard, making a forehand deke which left the puck sitting in the crease just beyond Hellebuyck's outstretched pad.

Hayden slid it past the goal line to make it 2-2 at 8:10.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored his second of the contest just over a minute into the second period, blowing a slapshot past Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford at 1:01.

Blake Wheeler sped into the Blackhawks zone before hitting Ehlers with a crisp backhand pass. Ehlers cut to the center of the ice before unleashing a slapper from the high slot that beat Crawford blocker side.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

The Jets scored again just 45 seconds later when Jacob Trouba pinched in and drove the net before converting a Mark Scheifele feed past Crawford at 1:46.

Jan Rutta scored at 9:31 when he handcuffed Hellebuyck on a fifty foot slapshot that the Winnipeg goaltender bobbled with his glove hand before the puck landed in the net.

The goal was his second of the season.

Patrik Laine scored on the power play 1:18 into the final period.

Nikolaj Ehlers completed the hat trick almost halfway through the third, beating Crawford on a breakaway with a shot just inside the left post.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

Dominik Kahun knocked a puck past Hellebuyck at 13:16 to make it 6-4.

Artem Anisimov scored at 17:08, snapping a Patrick Kane feed past Hellebuyck to make it 6-5.

"It's tough to say but we just gotta stick with the process here," said Chicago winger Patrick Kane, who had an assist on the night. "Sometimes you go through these struggles and things get worse before they get better. So you try to stick with what the coaches want us to do. Obviously it would be nice to get a lead and play with a lead which we haven't done in a while." Blackhawks Head Coach Jeremy Colliton was succinct in his assessment of the night's events. "Well, we scored five goals on the road against one of the best teams out there. Whatever their form is now, it doesn’t really matter. We need to win them."



Pens edge Jets 4-3

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 04:52
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Zack Aston-Reese scored the game winning goal 14:48 into the third period off of a Phil Kessel feed from behind the goal line as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Winnipeg Jets by a 4-3 score Tuesday night.

The win was their second straight.

Sidney Crosby, Riley Sheahan and Derek Grant also scored for the Penguins, who won their second straight contest and tenth game of the season.

Casey DeSmith turned aside 24 shots for Pittsburgh.

Mark Scheifele had a pair of goals for Winnipeg.

Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers each had a pair of assists.

Brandon Tanev also scored for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck made 27 stops for Winnipeg.

Brandon Tanev got the Jets on the board first with a shorthanded tally just over seven minutes into the contest.

After catching his own rebound off of the end boards, Tanev worked his way around the net before curling into the high slot and beating Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith with a low wrister between the pads.

The goal was 4th of the season.

Sidney Crosby tied the contest at 18:13 after he caught Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck pushing himself too far across his crease.

Crosby darted into the slot before taking a Dominik Simon feed from the goal line as he moved in and drilled a backhander just inside the left post to tie the game at 1 at 18:13.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

The Jets took the lead early in the second period as Mark Scheifele scored just 39 seconds into the frame, one timing a Blake Wheeler feed past DeSmith to make it 2-1.

Nikolaj Ehlers skated the puck across the Pittsburgh blue line before dropping the puck for Wheeler who hit Scheifele with a crisp, cross ice pass before the Jets Assistant captain one timed it past a surprised DeSmith.

Riley Sheahan tied the contest at 4:40 after poking the puck past Hellebuyck after a shot from Jamie Oleksiak handcuffed Hellebuyck and ended up sitting just shy of the goal line in the Winnipeg crease.

Sheahan poked it over the line as he was cutting by the net to make it 2-2.

Scheifele fired his second of the period at the sixteen minute mark when he snapped a low wrister past DeSmith to make it 3-2 Jets.

Blake Wheeler chipped a puck off of the boards in the neutral zone that Scheifele skated into before unleashing a low wrister, beating the Penguins goaltender just inside the left post.

Derek Grant tied it just over five minutes into the third, skating into the Jets end and unleashing a wrister which beat Hellebuyck between the pads to make it 3-3 at 5:08.

Zach Anston-Reese made it 4-3 Pittsburgh at 14:48.



Sabres edge Jets 2-1 in Shootout

Saturday, 17 November 2018 05:26
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Conor Sheary fired the game winner in the shootout as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Winnipeg Jets by a 2-1 score Friday night.

The shootout lasted 7 rounds before the speedy winger skated in and beat Laurent Brossoit with a wrister just inside the post.

The win was their fourth in a row and handed the Jets their first defeat in their last four games.

Kyle Connor scored the Jets lone goal on the night.

Laurent Brossoit made 31 stops for Winnipeg.

Jeff Skinner scored for the Sabres.

Carter Hutton turned aside 25 shots for Buffalo.

There was no scoring in the first period.

Kyle Connor opened the scoring 7:10 into the second period, converting a Patrik Laine feed, beating Buffalo goaltender Carter Hutton just under the crossbar to make it 1-0 Jets.

Laine got control of the puck in his own end before skating through the neutral zone and feeding Connor who scored his 9th of the season.

Jeff Skinner tied the contest on the power play 53 seconds into the third period, snatching up a loose puck off a Jack Eichel shot before whipping a backhand shot past Winnipeg goaltender Laurent Brossoit to make it 1-1.

The goal was his 14th of the season.

"Fortunately for me today I think it kind of bounced around on my stick off of a rebound and I was able to get it up," said Skinner.

The game went to overtime.

There was no scoring in overtime and the game went to a shootout.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler said despite the game's outcome they did well on their four-game homestand, taking 7 of a possible 8 points though his 11 game point scoring streak came to an end.

“It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn close," said Wheeler. "Some things we can definitely build upon. We’ll get on the road and try to build that part of our game as well.”

Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley said he liked his club's effort on the night.

"I just think we bent a little bit but we didn’t break. I think last year we maybe would have broke a little more and gave the game away. We hung in there. That’s what’s great about this group, that they stick with it. We make some adjustments in between periods and they follow through with those adjustments. But it’s great for them, they’ve shown the resiliency up to this point in the season."

Buffalo-Eichel (score), Reinhart (miss), Mittelstadt (miss), Thompson (miss), Pominville (score), Okposo (miss), Sheary (score)

Winnipeg-Scheifele (miss), Laine (score), Wheeler (miss), Little (miss), Connor (score), Roslovic (miss), Perreault (miss)



Jets down Caps 3-1

Thursday, 15 November 2018 05:23
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Ben Chiarot fired the game winner with 7:09 left in the third period as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Washington Capitals by a 3-1 score Wednesday night.

Chiarot took a pass from Brandon Tanev at centre ice before skating across the Capitials blue line and unleashing a 40 foot wrister past Pheonix Copley to make it 2-1 Jets.

"It’s always nice to contribute," said Chiarot. "Rusty (Tanev) made a nice play find me in the middle. There D was a little gapped off and I just tried to put one on net, it went off Carlson’s shaft and it dipped on the goalie a little bit. There wasn’t much to it, it was just a lucky shot." The win was their third in a row at home on their four-game homestand.

Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor added singles for Winnipeg.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 27 shots for the Jets.

Jakub Vrana scored for Washington, who have now lost three of their last four contests.

Pheonix Copley turned aside 22 shots for the Capitals.

Vrana got Washington on the board first when he broke across the Jets blue line and snapped a high wrister past Connor Hellebuyck, beating him high blocker side at 13:00.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Mark Scheifele got Winnipeg on the board with a power play marker just over five minutes into the second period.

With Alex Ovechkin off for interference Blake Wheeler got control of the puck along the right side boards before hitting Kyle Connor with a crisp pass at the goal line.

Connor fed a waiting Scheifele in the slot, who one timed the disc Washington goaltender Pheonix Copley before he could react.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

Wheeler's assist extended his point scoring streak to 11 games with 20 points, two goals and eighteen assists.

Ben Chiarot scored at 12:51 of the third period to give the Jets a 2-1 lead.

The Winnipeg defenceman joined the rush and took a Brandon Tanev pass just inside the Washington blue line before stepping into a wrister which handcuffed goaltender Pheonix Copley when it careened off of his defenceman's stick.

Kyle Connor added an empty netter with a minute left in regulation to give Winnipeg a 3-1 lead.

"I think we played hard and gave ourselves a chance," said Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen. "Obviously managing the puck is important when you're on the second (game) of a back-to-back schedule. You know we kept the game pretty quiet for the most part. I thought we checked really well."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice didn't think his club started out well at all.

“Well, maybe a little sharper with the puck. We just missed the net 10 times in the first period so it looked like we had nothing going on at well. Got a little faster with the puck maybe," he said.



NOTES-Caps goaltender Brayden Holtby got injured working out this morning with the Washington goaltending coach. A call was put in to local goaltending coach Gavin McHale, who coaches the University of Manitoba women's hockey team.

He spent the night in the backup goaltender's seat across from the player's bench and wasn't called to action.

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