Tuesday, 10 March 2020 02:54

Jets double up Coyotes 4-2

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Cody Eakin fired the game winner 11:33 into the third period as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Arizona Coyotes by a 4-2 score Monday night.

Eakin, a Winnipeg native, was acquired by the Jets from the Vegas Golden Knights three days before the NHL trade deadline for a conditional 3rd round pick.

The goal was his 5th of the season and first as a Winnipeg Jet.

After winning a faceoff back to Patrik Laine, Eakin drove the net as the Finnish winger fanned on his shot attempt.

He did manage to get the disc through to Ehlers in the high slot and he managed to kick it ahead to Eakin who was patient with the puck before beating Kuemper with a backhand shot to clinch the win for Winnipeg.

The win moved the Jets back into a wild card playoff spot with 78 points.

Nikolaj Ehlers paced the attack for the homeside with a goal and two assists.

Tucker Poolman had a goal and an assist.

Mark Scheifele also scored for the Jets, who moved to 36-28-6.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 36 shots for Winnipeg.

Nick Schmaltz fired a pair of goals for Arizona, who closed out a three-game road trip with a loss, their second straight.

Phil Kessel had a pair of assists for the Coyotes.

Darcy Kuemper made 30 saves for the Arizona, who dropped to 33-29-8.

The Jets welcomed Adam Lowry back into the lineup after a 20 game abscence and the physical centreman made his impact felt early, getting into a one sided fight with Arizona's Lawson Crouse and dropping him to the ice just over two minutes into the contest.

The Coyotes took a two-goal lead before Winnipeg stormed back with four straight markers to post the win.

There was no scoring until the final five minutes of the period when Nick Schmaltz got Arizona on the board at 15:50.

Schmaltz took a hard cross ice feed from Phil Kessel before cutting to the slot and snapping a wrister past Connor Hellebuyck, beating the Winnipeg goaltender high blocker side.

Schmaltz scored his 2nd of the night with two seconds remaining in the first when he hustled to the net and got his blade on a rebound off a Phil Kessel shot, lifting the disc past Hellebuyck's outstretched glove to make it 2-0 Coyotes.

The goal was his 11th of the season.

Nikolaj Ehlers cut the lead in half 2:13 into the second when Tucker Poolman hit him with he broke into the Arizona zone, bursting past () and beat Darcy Kuemper with a high wrister to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 25th of the season.

Tucker Poolman tied the contest 17:27 into the second when he converted a rebound off a Cody Eakin shot past Kuemper to make it 2-2.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Cody Eakin gave the Jets the lead at 11:33 of the third off of a faceoff.

Mark Scheifele added an empty netter late in the third to clinch the win for the Jets.

The goal was his 29th of the season.

Winnipeg travels to Edmonton to face the Oilers on Wednesday while Arizona hosts Vancouver on Thursday.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers each scored once and added an assist and Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 29 shots he faced to earn his league leading 6th shutout as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Vegas Golden Knights by a 4-0 score Friday night.

The Jets built a 3-0 lead by the end of the first and 4-0 by the end of the second.

It was a key win for the Jets, who moved back into a Western Conference wild card playoff spot, earning their 76th point of the season.

Kyle Connor and Matthieu Perreault also scored for Winnipeg, who won their second straight.

Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves for the Jets.

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 20 shots for the Golden Knights, who dropped to 37-24-8.

Winnipeg didn't wait to get their offensive game on track as Nikolaj Ehlers got the Jets on the board 32 seconds into the contest when the Jet winger broke wide around the Golden Knights goal, leaving defenceman Zach Whitecloud in his wake before centering the puck.

The disc careened off of Vegas forward Ryan Reaves' stick before goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury kicked it into his own goal.

The goal was his 24th of the season.

Winnipeg took a 2-0 lead on the power play at 4:41 when Patrik Laine blasted a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury at 4:41.

With Nick Cousins off for tripping Neal Pionk's shot from the point was blocked by Golden Knights defenceman Brayden McNabb but the puck careened right to a waiting Laine who stopped the puck with his backhand before beating Fleury just inside the left post with a low shot.

The goal was his 27th of the season.

Kyle Connor made it 3-0 at 18:10, coverting a Jack Roslovic feed.

Vegas forward Nicolas Roy put the puck right on his tape just inside the Jets blue line before the Jet centre broke up ice with it before hitting Connor with a crisp pass which he promptly buried to score his 36th goal of the season.

Matthieu Perreault made it 4-0 with a power play marker after Josh Morrissey hit him with a hard pass as he was cutting through the slot.

The Jet winger flipped the puck past Fleury, beating him glove side to score his 7th goal of the season with six minutes remaining in the second.

There was no scoring in the third period.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor each had a goal and an assist and Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 34 shots he faced as the Winnipeg Jets shutout the Washington Capitals by a 3-0 score Thursday night.

The Jets won their end of a home-and-home series with Washington after losing a 4-3 in a shootout Tuesday night.

Winnipeg moved back into playoff position with the win (33-27-6), giving them 72 points on the season.

Dimitri Kulikov also scored for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves for Winnipeg to earn his 5th shutout of the season.

Ilya Samsonov stopped 29 shots for Washington, who dropped to 39-18-6. The game got off to a rough start for the Jets, who lost winger Patrik Laine early in the the first period when a Michael Kempny shot careened off his foot.

He left the game and did not return.

Dimitri Kulikov scored 6:33 into the contest, beating Washington goaltender Ilya Samsonov blocker side with a slap shot from the point after Blake Wheeler hit him with a crisp pass from the right side boards.

The goal was his 2nd of the season.

The Jets got a two-man advantage just over two minutes later when Radko Gudas was assessed a penalty for high-sticking just five seconds after Brenden Dillon went off for hooking.

Winnipeg failed to score and left the first with a one goal lead.

There was no scoring in the second period.

Washington failed to score on either of the late power plays they garnered in the second.

Kyle Connor gave the Jets a two-goal lead 7:20 into the third when Mark Scheifele beat Capitals defenceman Michal Kempny in a battle behind the net before feeding Connor in the slot.

The Jet winger made no mistake, firing the disc past Samsonov to score his 32nd goal of the season.

Winnipeg visits Edmonton on Saturday while Washington travels to Minnesota for a Sunday matchup.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Blake Wheeler had a pair of goals and added an assist as the Winnipeg Jets doubled up the Los Angeles Kings by a 6-3 score Tuesday night.

The Jets closed out a six-game homestand with a much needed win as they moved to within a point of the final playoff berth in the Western Conference.

They trail the Arizona Coyotes by a single point with 67 on the season.

Trades impacted both clubs heading into the contest as Los Angeles dealt winger Tyler Toffoli to Vancouver yesterday and held veteran defenceman Alec Martinez out of the lineup as his trade is expected as soon as tomorrow.

Earlier in the day Winnipeg acquired defenceman Dylan DeMelo from the Ottawa Senators for a 3rd round pick in the 2020 Entry draft.

Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists for Winnipeg.

Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist for the Jets.

Jansen Harkins and Mason Appleton also scored for Winnipeg, who won their second straight.

Jack Roslovic had a pair of assists.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 31 shots for Winnipeg, who closed out their six-game homestand with a record of 4-2.

Dustin Brown had a pair of goals for the Kings.

Matt Roy and Anze Kopitar each chipped in a pair of assists.

Calvin Petersen made 28 saves for Los Angeles, who dropped to 21-34-5.

Dustin Brown scored 35 seconds into the contest to give the Kings an early lead.

The veteran winger snagged a rebound off a Joakim Ryan shot from the point before snapping it past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, beating him high blocker side to score his 11th of the season.

Jansen Harkins tied the contest 13:13 into the second when Patrik Laine fed him a perfect pass off the rush which Harkins promptly fired past Calvin Petersen, beating him with a low shot.

The goal was his 2nd of the season.

Mason Appleton gave Winnipeg the lead late in the second period when Jack Roslovic broke into the Kings zone at full speed before moving in and leaving a drop pass for Appleton, who beat Petersen between the legs with a wrister at 17:05.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Blake Wheeler gave the Jets a two-goal cushion with 1:27 left in the second when Mark Scheifele burst down the left side boards before hitting Wheeler with a crisp pass which the Jets captain converted to make it 3-1 Winnipeg.

The goal was his 19th of the season.

Martin Frk pulled Los Angeles to within a goal 1:21 into the third period when he completed a wraparound goal after Adrian Kempe fired the puck from the right point off the end boards.

Frk picked up the disc and stuffed the puck just inside the right post on a wraparound to make it 3-2.

Nikolaj Ehlers restored the two-goal cushion at 5:49 when he completed a two-on-one firing a Mark Scheifele feed past Petersen.

The goal was his 21st of the season.

Dustin Brown scored his 2nd of the night with 4:44 left in the third when he got his stick on a Matt Roy shot from the point.

The play was reviewed for a high stick and the goal was allowed to stand.

The goal was his 12th of the season.

Patrik Laine scored an empty netter with 2:17 left in regulation to seal the win for the Jets.

The goal was his 25th of the season.

Blake Wheeler tipped a Neal Pionk shot from the point past Petersen to make it 6-3 at 18:31.

The goal was his 20th of the season.

Winnipeg visits Ottawa to kick off a four-game road trip Thursday while Los Angeles returns home to host Florida.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Nathan Beaulieu's first goal of the NHL season proved to be a big one Sunday night.

The Jet defenceman stepped into a Patrik Laine feed along the blue line and ripped the puck past Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford 1:36 into the third period.

He got a little bit of help on the play as the puck changed direction when it hit Blackhawk winger Alex DeBrincat's stick and sailed past Crawford.

“Obviously it wasn’t the prettiest goal I’ve ever scored but it was a big one," said Beaulieu. "That was a grinder for us. We knew how important that win was for us, just the points in the standings. It wasn’t our best game, but you’ve got to win those games at important, key times.”

The win snapped a two-game losing skid for Winnipeg, who close out a six-game homestand on Tuesday against Los Angeles.

Mason Appleton had a goal and an assist for the Jets.

Jack Roslovic also scored for Winnipeg.

Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for the Jets, who posted their 30th win of the season.

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who lost for the fourth time on their five-game road trip.

Ryan Carpenter scored for Chicago.

Corey Crawford stopped 35 shots for the Blackhawks, who dropped to 26-25-8.

Ryan Carpenter got Chicago on the board 15:44 into the first period when he redirected a Patrick Kane backhand from the right corner past Connor Hellebuyck to make it 1-0.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Mason Appleton tied the contest 6:38 into the second after the Jet winger redirected a Nathan Beaulieu shot from the point past Corey Crawford to make it 1-1.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Kyle Connor appeared to have given the Jets the lead at 9:05 when he knocked the puck into the goal when the puck careened off the glass from a Tucker Poolman shot and he batted the disc into the net.

The goal was disallowed and the game remained tied.

Winnipeg took the lead 15:37 into the second when Jack Roslovic redirected a Dimitry Kulikov shot from the point past Crawford to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 12th of the season.

Patrick Kane made it 2-2 with 52 seconds left in the second after a nice setup by Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Toews took control of the disc in his own end and crossed the Jet blueline before working a give-and-go with Dominik Kubalik before dishing to a streaking Kane who was driving the net.

Kane beat Hellebuyck with a low shot to tie the game.

The goal was his 27th of the season.

“It's tough," said Kane. "It stings right now, for sure. Played great in the first again, probably an even period, but given the back-to-back situation it was nice to be up 1-0 and they started taking it to us in the second again. Kind of similar to the last game.”

Nathan Beaulieu gave the Jets the lead 1:36 into the third period, one timing a Patrik Laine feed past Crawford to make it 3-2 Winnipeg that changed direction off of Alex Debrincat's stick and sailed past the Chicago goaltender.

The goal was his 1st of the season.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice gave credit to Beaulieu afterward.

“Good for him because he’s done lots of really good things for us and those guys don’t get much of a payoff sometimes. They play hard minutes, normally a lot of penalty-kill time and get some people to the net but good for him, he’s earned it," he said.

Blackhawks Head Coach Jeremy Colliton said his club gave up three goals from point shots and that was the difference in the game.

"I thought overall we played pretty hard. It was a pretty even game. Ultimately I think the difference was you know they scored three goals on point shots and got traffic and give themselves a chance to get a bounce. We had our chances to tie it up but you know it's, I think we need to find a way to generate some of those goals ourselves."

Chicago returns home to host the Rangers on Wednesday while Winnipeg closes out a six-game homestand Tuesday against Los Angeles.

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NOTES-The game had no penalties.

Saturday, 15 February 2020 02:40

Sharks edge Jets 3-2

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Timo Meier fired the game winner 6:47 into the third period as the visiting San Jose Sharks edged the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-2 score Friday night.

Meier swooped in from the high slot to scoop up a rebound off a Brent Burns shot from the right point before firing it into a wide open net to give San Jose the win.

The goal marked his 6th point in his last four games.

“I think it was an overall good play by the whole line, all five guys chipping in and then going to work in their zone and keeping it simple, getting some shots through. That point shot from (Brent) Burns getting through and then luckily just kind of ended up on my side and I could bury the rebound," he said.

“Yeah, it got a little tight. I was a little worried that he's (Hellebuyck) going to get his stick on it but luckily it went in and I'll take those any day.”

Sharks winger Evander Kane, who contributed two minor penalties to the game sheet due to his attention to Jets defenceman Neal Pionk says the reason for Meier's success lately is simple.

“He's playing heavy," said Kane. "He's skating. He's a big, powerful guy with a good scoring touch. When he goes hard to the net he can finish so that was another example of that tonight.”

Marcus Sorensen and Melker Karlsson also scored for San Jose, who won for the 25th time this season.

Aaron Dell stopped 30 shots for the Sharks, who moved to 25-28-4.

Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg.

Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 32 shots for the Jets, who dropped to 29-25-5, leaving them a single point out of the final Western Conference Wild Card playoff spot with 63.

San Jose took a 1-0 lead at 14:51 of the first period after a Marcus Sorensen knocked the puck past Connor Hellebucyk during a goalmouth scramble.

The Jets challenged goaltender interference but were unsuccessful.

The goal was Sorensen's 6th of the season.

“I mean, I’ve heard multiple reasons," said Hellebuyck of the explanation he was given.

"One, they said they saw it in the net before they touched me. That was clearly not right. Another one they said something about the contact wasn’t forced. We had that exact same one, and this is where you guys can help the league a little bit, show the exact same one in San Jose at the beginning of the year for us that they called off. I believe Evander (Kane) scored it and this is the exact same case. My pad was pushed in, throwing me off. Nothing I can do.”

Winnipeg didn't mount much of an attack in the opening stanza as they registered three shots on goal during the first period.

Kyle Connor tied the contest on the power play 8:21 into the second.

With Evander Kane off for interference, Blake Wheeler hit Connor with a touch pass just in front of San Jose goaltender Aaron Dell.

Connor threw the puck back between his legs before snapping a high shot past a shocked Dell to make it 1-1.

The goal was his team leading 29th of the season.

Blake Wheeler gave Winnipeg the lead at 9:47, one timing an Andrew Copp feed from the corner past Dell, beating the Sharks netminder high glove side.

The goal was his 18th of the season.

Melker Karlsson tied the game 5:18 into the third after working a give-and-go off a drop pass with Joel Kellman.

Karlsson broke across the blue line on the left side boards before dropping the puck for Kellman before driving the net.

Kellman hit him with a pass from the corner which he fired past Hellebuyck, beating the Winnipeg netminder with a low shot.

The Sharks took the lead 1:29 later when Connor Hellebuyck failed to control a rebound off a Brent Burns shot and left the disc for Timo Meier, who had little trouble shooting the puck into a wide open goal to score his 19th of the season at 6:47.

The Jets made a final push in the last minute of regulation with Kyle Connor hitting the goal post but were unable to tie the game.

Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner thought his club played a solid road game.

"I think so, I think you know I mean we knew coming into this game that we had to be at our very best and to co-op a point or two out of here. Um this is a team that's been rolling a bit and kind of offence," he said.

"We needed a big performance by Deller (Dell) and he was our best player tonight by far. They had a lot opportunities, especially in the first period even though they (Jets) only registered three shots they missed the net on a few of them and Deller made some saves," said Boughner.

San Jose continues their short two-game road trip Saturday in Minnesota while Winnipeg hosts Chicago on Sunday.

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 04:56

Kreider fires a pair as the Rangers dump Jets 4-1

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Chris Kreider scored twice and Igor Shesterkin and Henrik Lundqvist combined to stop 43 shots as the New York Rangers dumped the Winnipeg Jets by a 4-1 score Tuesday night.

Kreider said that was the start his club needed to pick up a needed win against a skilled team on the road.

"I think that's just the way you want to start any game," said Kreider. "I mean we know they (Jets) come out especially hard in this building. They come out hard in general they've got a lot of get up and go. Fast team, a lot of skill and great at creating chances."

Kreider's opening tally came on a breakaway late in the first period when he skated into a puck at centre ice before neatly tucking the puck past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck's right pad with a backhand deke.

"It was just a reaction," said Kreider matter-of-factly.

But Kreider's game has been anything but matter-of-fact lately, as the Ranger left winger has ten goals in his last thirteen contests which doesn't hurt with the NHL trading deadline coming later this month.

He's expected to be one of the most sought after forwards for teams making a playoff run but if that's the case he's not buying in, yet.

He's working on making the Rangers a better club down the stretch.

"Guys are getting more comfortable with each other. Young guys are growing up every single day. It's unbelievable to see how much everyone's progressing, how much everyone's improving, so that's something we've focused on and that's something we've got to continue to focus on.”

The Rangers opened up a three-game road trip with a win (28-23-4), but still remaing nine points back of an Eastern Conference wild card berth.

Ryan Strome had a goal and an assist for New York.

Winnipeg had their two-game winning streak snapped, suffering their first home loss of a six-game homestand.

The Jets sit one point back of the Arizona Coyotes for the final Western Conference wild card berth with 63 points (29-24-5).

Nikolaj Ehlers scored the lone goal for the Jets on the night.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 28 shots for Winnipeg.

New York goaltender Igor Shesterkin had to be replaced by Henrik Lundqvist with 6:04 left in the first after feeling the effects of a collision earlier in the period with Jet forward Andrew Copp.

Copp was shoved into Shesterkin by Ranger defenceman Tony Deangelo and had his leg bent awkwardly just over the eight minute mark.

Deangelo was penalized on the play.

Winnipeg outshot New York 13-11 in the opening period but the Rangers grabbed the lead late in the first when Chris Kreider scored with 35 seconds remaining after picking up a puck banked off the boards by Pavel Buchnevich which he skated into, blowing past Jet defenceman Sami Niku before tucking the disc past Connor Hellebuyck with a neat backhand deke.

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead with a power play marker 7:30 into the second when Kreider scored his second of the night, firing a rebound off a Ryan Strome shot from close in past Hellebuyck.

The goal was his 22nd of the season.

Ryan Strome scored 53 seconds into the third, sliding the puck through Hellebuyck's pads to put the Rangers up 3-0.

Mika Zibanejad made it 4-0 35 seconds later slamming a Pavel Buchnevich pass from behind the net past Hellebuyck to score his 23rd of the season.

Nikolaj Ehlers got Winnipeg on the board 4:35 into the third, tipping a Sami Niku shot from the right point past Shesterkin to make it 4-1.

The goal was his 20th of the season.

Ehlers moved into 9th spot in franchise scoring with the tally, his 110th as a Jet, one more than Evander Kane.

The Jets pushed hard for a second goal and came close with just over 3:20 remaining in the third when Patrik Laine broke in on a 2-on-1 and rang the puck off the left post.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler didn't mince words afterward.

“I don’t know if we’ve met before, but the last eight to ten games, our team’s competed our asses off. Tonight was an off night," said Wheeler.

“They definitely cashed in. Our shots were in areas that we have guys that can put it in, but there weren’t a whole lot of second chance opportunities, there weren’t ones where we’re banging in rebounds. They had a couple rebounders off the top of my head, this time of year that’s how you score.”

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice thought his club dug themselves a hole after going down a pair to the Rangers.

“I don't know that it ever turned. I thought they were good defensively, for the most part. We had to work real hard for the offence that we did get. I never felt that they were loose in their game. Then, it’s in the third. The PK goal obviously puts us in trouble. We’re not necessarily in trouble at 1-0, it’s an even game in a lot of ways. You get some chances and they’re getting theirs. It felt like two because of how hard you had to work for your offence. And you’re in a bit of trouble after (2-0).”

Rangers Head Coach David Quinn liked his club's effort on the night.

"I just really liked our game. I thought we defended really well. We managed the puck really well. I thought we did a good job defensively. I'm not going to nit-pick here, it's a 4-1 win, we did a lot of great things. Once we got the penalty and they got the bounce, we got a little sloppy and they turned it on, but we really put ourselves in a great position tonight. I couldn't be more proud of our guys."

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 22:44

Preds edge Jets 1-0

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Turris's first goal in over a calendar month proved to be the game winner as the Nashville Predators edged the Winnipeg Jets by a 1-0 score Sunday afternoon.

Turris finished off a textbook two-on-one, redirecting a Yakov Trenin feed off the rush past Connor Hellebuyck's outstretched glove to give the Predators the lead and ultimately the win.

Trenin read the play and intercepted a saucer pass from Jets forward Adam Lowry just outside the Winnipeg blue line before moving in and feeding Turris.

“I've been really impressed. He's (Turnin) just such a big, strong guy. He's fast. As he's getting more comfortable, I think he's reading the play and trying to make more plays now," said Turris.

The outcome was a direct result of overcoming droughts.

Nashville's Turris overcame his while the Jets did not, dropping their sixth straight home game, a streak which began December 17th after Carolina handed them a 6-3 defeat.

The Predators have won four straight road contests (21-16-7), while the Jets lost their second straight.

Jusse Saros made 28 saves for Nashville to earn the shutout, his first of the season.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 31 shots for Winnipeg, who dropped to 24-18-4.

Kyle Turris scored 11:56 into the first period to put Nashville up 1-0 when Yakov Trenin intercepted an Adam Lowry pass at the blueline before breaking in and feeding Turris, who redirected it past Connor Hellebuyck's outstreched glove.

The goal was Turris's first since December 3rd.

There was no scoring in the second period.

Winnipeg did have their chances to score.

The first was a first period breakaway just under six minutes into the contest when Tucker Poolman sent Andrew Copp in on a breakaway and was stymied by Jusse Saros.

“I really don’t think he (Saros) saw it to be honest. I think it just kind of hit him. Smaller goalie, I think he was challenging, had a lot of time. I just tried to put it over his shoulder. It just looked like it kind of hit him and he reacted after it hit him," said Copp.

“Well I mean he (Saros) stopped every one of them, so I don’t think we did enough, obviously. Yeah, I think we could have done better at getting more pucks to the point, honestly, we were holding on to a couple down there that we probably didn’t need to, and once we did we weren’t getting enough people in the lane and we weren’t getting enough shots there. An area of improvement for sure," he said.

Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers grazed a goal post off the rush with just under six minutes remaining in the third period.

"No I mean I think the first period coming off of a road trip, you know, is always a little sluggish," said Jets captain Blake Wheeler.

"You know, second period was better and the third was just you know we didn't kinda get the looks we were looking for." It was more of a stalemate, you know. They got one opportunity and they buried it."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said his club continues to give up the puck which is problematic.

“Well, we will look at our first period as the uneven period for us. You’re always concerned your first game back, first period back after a road trip, probably more so in the hockey that’s played on that trip, the style of game. It looked nothing like the game tonight except the first period. We turned it over an awful lot, the other team didn’t so we found ourselves chasing the game for the first 20 minutes. Connor (Hellebuyck) was really good. But then after that, back to what we do really well. It started with a little bit of physicality, which just wasn’t a part of our past four of five games, they were no hitters. We got back to bumping a little bit, got some zone time, and then we just weren’t effective enough in getting the puck to the net in chaos. They did a pretty good job getting in the shooting lane. Still, we were over 30 shot attempts from our blue line, around half of those probably got to the net, but then nothing off that. So he sees it and gets it to the corner, steers all the rebounds really well or he eats it, so there wasn’t the second-shot opportunity after some good zone time or some good work," he said.

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Friday, 03 January 2020 03:26

Leafs double up Jets 6-3

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-William Nylander is the hottest scorer on a team loaded with offence. The 23 year-old winger fired a pair of goals and added an assist Thursday night to pace his Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Nylander fired the first and last goals for a sizzling Toronto team that has points in eight of their last nine contests, their only blemish a 5-4 loss to New Jersey in overtime.

"He just looks really confident and he's feeling it," said Maple Leafs Head Coach Sheldon Keefe of his young scorer. "His linemates have been good around him and he's been making plays to them and they've been making plays to him. He's putting himself in good spots. He's feeling it and he's making good on his chances. It's been fun to watch him here."

But if you ask Nylander he thinks finding open ice suits his game.

"Yeah, of course. The first (goal) was kind of off the forecheck. With the other one, [Kerfoot] could have maybe shot too or passed it. I was just trying to be an option for him there," he said.

Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and an assist for Toronto.

Travis Dermott, Pierre Engvall and Mitch Marner had single goals for the Maple Leafs, who won their second straight game on their two game road trip through the Central Division.

Frederik Andersen backstopped Toronto to the win, making 45 saves.

Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor each had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, who have lost four of their last five contests.

Connor has 7 goals in his last 5 games.

Patrik Laine scored the other Jet goal.

Connor Hellebuyck and Laurent Brossoit combined to make 22 saves for Winnipeg, who dropped to 22-16-3.

A pair of first period turnovers proved fatal for Winnipeg as they gave up a pair of goals from which they never recovered.

William Nylander gave Toronto the lead 3:24 into the first when a misplayed puck behind the net by Connor Hellebuyck ended in Nylander scoring his 18th goal of the season.

Nylander narrowly missed giving the Leafs a 2-0 lead shortly after the first goal, grazing the goalpost off a shot from the slot.

Kasperi Kapanen made it 2-0 at the nine minute mark when he took advantage of a Lucas Sbisa turnover and slid the disc between Hellebuyck's legs.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

The Jets scored on the power play early in the second to make it 2-1.

With Jason Spezza off for delay-of-game, Kyle Connor moved in and wired a wrister past Frederik Andersen to make it 2-1 at 3:45.

The goal was his 21st of the season.

Patrik Laine tied it up at 7:44 after moving past Leaf defenceman Morgan Reilly and firing from a sharp angle, beating Andersen along just inside the right post from the corner.

The goal was his 15th of the season.

Travis Dermott restored the lead for the Maple Leafs, shovelling the puck into the net after a a Alexander Kerfoot shot careened off the post and hit Hellebuyck in the seat of the pants.

Pierre Engvall made it 4-2 35 seconds later at 9:37 off a faceoff, beating Hellebuyck with a low shot after Jason Spezza won the draw.

Mark Scheifele made it 4-3 at 12:48, picking up the puck at centre ice before moving in to the top of the right circle and beating Andersen with low wrist shot, just inside the right post.

The goal was his 19th of the season.

The Leafs scored a late power play goal at 16:52 when Mitch Marner one timed a Tyson Barrie feed from just inside the top of the left faceoff circle which Hellebuyck could only get a piece of before it trickled into the net to make it 5-3.

The goal was his 17th of the season.

Laurent Brossoit started the third period in goal for Winnipeg after starter Connor Hellebuyck gave up five goals on just seventeen shots.

William Nylander scored 8:45 into the third for Toronto when Alexander Kerfoot found him beside the Winnipeg net and hit him with a pass from the slot.

He fired the disc just inside the right post to make it 6-3.

Winnipeg pulled their goaltender with 2:18 remaining.

Patrik Laine, whose second period tally tied the game said the Jets played well but overall he liked their defensive effort.

"Yeah, I think we made a couple bad reads defensively but I think we played some good defence at times and that kind of talent, we didn’t give them too much but, you know, gave them enough. They put up six and it’s hard to win when we give up six," he said.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said turnovers proved to be costly.

"That would be the difference. I don't think they were (earned) on the first two and they're in the back of the net. Then you look at the number of chances we have that came off giveaways. I think after two we're at 12, they're at 11. Whether you trust that stat or not, we forced them into a bunch, they forced us into a bunch. They made more of what we gave them, other than the first two. The turnovers you don't like are a mental turnover, when you're trying to put a puck in a place it shouldn't go. Those ones you can show on video and say we can deal with. The ones that knuckle off a guy's stick and it's onto somebody else's tape. There's no prescription for that, right? It doesn't happen very often."

Both clubs next see action on Saturday.

The Maple Leafs kick off a three-game homestand against the New York Islanders while Winnipeg opens a four-game road trip in Minnesota.

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ATTENDANCE-15,325

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-David Perron scored the game winner with 1:46 remaining in overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets Friday night.

Jets Centre Mark Scheifele got control of the puck at the St. Louis blueline before giving the puck away to Perron, who moved in on a breakaway and beat Hellebuyck with a backhand deke to give the Blues the win.

The goal was his 16th of the season.

The Blues appeared to have the game won until late in the third when Jets captain Blake Wheeler drove the net hard and converted a Nikolaj Ehlers feed from behind the goal line past Craig Binnington.

Ehlers, punched the puck ahead along the left side boards before gaining control of the puck and feeding Wheeler to make it 4-4 and sent the game into overtime.

Tyler Bozak had a pair of goals for the Blues, who won their 7th straight contest.

Alex Pietrangelo scored and added an assist.

Justin Faulk also scored for St. Louis.

Jaden Schwartz had three assists.

Jordan Binnington stopped 26 shots for the Blues, who moved to 25-8-6.

Kyle Connor scored twice in the loss for Winnipeg.

Gabriel Bourque also scored for the Jets, who lost their 4th straight home contest.

Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for Winnipeg, who dropped to 21-15-3.

Justin Falk got St. Louis on the board 1:10 into the contest one timing a Jaden Schwartz feed from the corner past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, beating him just above his left pad.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Gabriel Bourque drew the Jets even with 45 seconds remaining in the first, blowing a slapshot past Blues starter Jordan Binnington off a Mason Appleton shot which drifted out to the left faceoff dot.

Bourque skated into the disc and beat Binnington low glove side to make it 1-1.

Alex Pietrangelo gave the Blues a 2-1 lead 5:30 into the second, jamming a puck between the goal post and Hellebuyck's skate to make it 2-1.

Kyle Connor made it 2-2 at 9:37 after taking a Nathan Beaulieu feed from the right side boards before moving in tight to the goal and beating Billington just under the cross bar.

Nikolaj Ehlers nearly gave Winnipeg the lead almost finishing off a 2-on-1 pass from Jack Roslovic but his skate prevented the puck from going into a wide open net.

St. Louis took the lead on the power play at 16:08.

With Mark Scheifele off for hooking the Blues worked a short passing play finished off by Tyler Bozak, who snapped the disc past Hellebuyck from his right side to make it 3-2.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

With Vince Dunn off for slashing, Kyle Connor tied the match with a power play marker 3:12 into the third, shovelling a rebound off a Mark Scheifele shot past Billington to make it 3-3.

The goal was his 17th of the season.

Tyler Bozak gave the Blues the lead at 5:10, one timing a Robert Thomas feed from the right corner, beating Hellebuyck high glove side to make it 4-3 from fifteen feet out.

Blake Wheeler tied the game with 1:14 remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.

David Perron scored the overtime winner for the Blues.

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ATTENDANCE-15,325

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