Monday, 16 December 2019 00:33

Jets hammer Flyers 7-3

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-A four goal second period outburst by the Winnipeg Jets gave the Winnipeg Jets the control they needed as they cruised to a 7-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday afternoon.

With Joel Farabee serving a five-minute major for interference for a hit on Jets winger Matthieu Perreault, the Jets power play buried the Flyers, as Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each scored during the man advantage.

Perreault left the game and did not return.

Logan Shaw scored his 1st of the season 1:20 after Scheifele's marker and Patrik Laine followed suit just 16 seconds later to break the game wide open for the Jets before the second period ended.

Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and two assists.

Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist.

Neal Pionk registered three assists for Winnipeg.

Nikolaj Ehlers, Luca Sbisa, Logan Shaw and Patrik Laine added singles for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 shots for Winnipeg, who won their 20th game of the season (20-11-2).

Matt Niskanen, James Van Reimsdyk and Shayne Gostisbehere scored for the Flyers, who lost their third striaght game.

Brian Elliot and Carter Hart combined to turn aside 16 shots for Philadelphia who dropped to 17-11-5.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored off a faceoff just under five minutes into the contest to give the Jets a 1-0 lead at 4:57.

The goal came off a faceoff in the Philadelphia zone. After Blake Wheeler pushed the puck was ahead Roslovic tipped the disc back to Ehlers who snapped a high wrister past Brian Elliot's glove and ended a four-game goalless drought for the Jet winger.

The goal was his 14th of the season.

Luca Sbisa made it 2-0 at 11:49, taking a partner pass from Neal Pionk feed before moving into the top of the left faceoff circle and drifting a slap shot past Elliot, beating the Flyers netminder top right hand corner to score his 2nd goal of the season.

Matt Niskanen got the Flyers on the board 4:15 into the second, pouncing on a rebound off a Kevin Hayes shot before kicking the puck to his stick and slding a backhand past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to make it 2-1.

With the Jets on a five minute man advantage Blake Wheeler stepped into a slapshot from the right side boards and beat a screened Elliot blocker side at 10:44.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

Mark Scheifele converted a Blake Wheeler feed at 13:15, snapping a wrister past Elliot from the middle of the slot to make it 4-1 Winnipeg.

The goal was his 15th of the season.

Logan Shaw made it 5-1 at 14:35 beating Elliot just under the cross bar from inside the left faceoff circle.

The goal was his 1st of the season.

The tally was his first NHL goal since February of 2018, when he was a Montreal Canadien.

"Yeah, that was a long time ago," said Shaw. "It definitely felt good to get that one. For us, as a line we've been trying to work hard each and every day. That's definitely just a bonus for us right now and it felt good."

Patrik Laine scored just 16 seconds later to make it 6-1, banking the puck in off of Shayne Gostisbehere's skate to score his 10th goal of the season at 14:51.

James Van Reimsdyk scored at 18:52 to make it 5-2, snapping a high shot past Hellebuyck from in close.

Carter Hart replaced starting goaltedner Brian Elliot to start the third period.

With Shayne Gostisbehere off for delay of game, the Jet power play struck again, this time just eight seconds into the man advantage when Kyle Connor tipped a Neal Pionk shot past Carter Hart to make it 7-2 6:43 into the third period.

The goal was his 14th of the season.

Pionk, who had three assists in the game, feels comfortable getting pucks on net with the man advantage.

"Paul (Maurice) always talks about having a shooter’s mindset. I think we had that tonight. I know we didn’t get a ton of shots, but at the same time we were opportunistic and they went in," said Pionk.

Shayne Gostisbehere scored on a forty-foot wrister at 9:41 to pull the Flyers to within four.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice thought the referee got the call right on Farabee's major.

"That’s the most dangerous play in hockey. Even a hit from behind a player has a sense that it’s coming. And that’s why that five minute interference came in. Because it can be devastating. The referee’s certainly got it right on the ice," he said.

Maurice downplayed his club reaching the twenty win milestone.

"We don’t talk about the standings ever. They’re (players) on their phones all the time and I’m sure they look at the standings. But Christmas hockey is funny, it’s unique, it’s a little loose. The young guys have been gone away from home for a long time and are looking forward to those three days (off at the break). The older guys with kids have got lots of family in. You see it, it’s not just the Winnipeg Jets. The team that can stay focused and still get their job done...we would say that clearly these points are just as important as the last three or four games of the season," he said.

Flyers Head Coach Alain Vigneault was candid with his take on the afternoon's events. "We played hard tonight. You know we're playing back-to-back nights, we came to play. We had just made it a 2-1 game and get a five minute penalty with a lot of our penalty killers not being in our lineup tonight so it made it obviously challenging against a power play that you know has got some big weapons," he said.

Both clubs see action next on Tuesday as Winnipeg hosts Carolina and Philadelphia returns home to face the Anaheim Ducks.



Wednesday, 11 December 2019 03:39

Jets dump Red Wings 5-1

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Blake Wheeler and Andrew Copp each had a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets dropped the Detroit Red Wings in a 5-1 rout Tuesday night.

A late second period three goal outburst in a two-minute span proved to be the difference in the contest.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler began the scoring surge at 16:43, converting a Nikolaj Ehlers feed by wiring a wrister past former teammate Eric Comrie, who got the start in goal for the Red Wings.

Andrew Copp followed up by deflecting a Josh Morrissey shot past Comrie 1:48 later and Patrick Laine split the Red Wings defence just 11 seconds later and overwhelmed him with a forehand deke at 18:43.

Adam Lowry and Mark Scheifele also scored for the Jets, who moved to 19-10-2 on the season.

Laurent Brossoit and Connor Hellebuyck combined to make 16 saves.

Christoffer Ehn scored the lone goal for the Red Wings (7-22-3).

Eric Comrie turned aside 25 shots for Detroit, who saw their winless streak grow to 12 games.

Adam Lowry scored shorthanded 12:17 into the first period after Detroit goaltender Eric Comrie couldn't cover the puck.

Lowry hammered the puck across the goal line, which was challenged the Red Wings but the goal was allowed to stand after it was found Comrie never had complete control of the puck.

The goal was the first shorthanded tally of the season for the Jets.

“They made their call, I've got to live by that call. They've been reffing a lot of games," said Comrie afterward.

“I thought I did but, I mean, I think any goalie would think they would. They think they made the right call, I thought I had it so it is what it is," he added.

Andrew Copp, who was credited with an assist on the play, thought Comrie didn't fully cover the disc.

"In the d-zone, it was a great read by (Adam Lowry) that he saw (Dylan Larkin) pop that in the middle. Ended up a dirty puck and then we swatted at it, got it down, I think (Robby) Fabbri dove and tipped it back to (Eric Comrie) and then it was just kind of a scramble. Glad we were able to stop on it and put it in. You never really know with those. I was telling (referee Ian Walsh) that he probably owed me the penalty shot from the other night so I’m glad he let that one go. It was definitely borderline but I didn’t think (Comrie) had it fully.”

Christoffer Ehn tied the contest 7:39 into the second period after fighting for a loose puck and hammering past Connor Hellebuyck, who gave up a goal on the two shots he faced.

The goal was Ehn's 1st of the season.

Hellebuyck came in to relieve starter Laurent Brossoit, who had an equipment issue he couldn't resolve and played 69 seconds.

The little lace that attaches my skate to my pad just completely ripped apart," said Brossoit. "We tried to get it knotted up and get me back in there but it was a bit trickier than we thought. I thought it was all together and all done and I guess it must have just come undone."

"We were working at it for a while. I would say it was the regular allotted time before they start requesting another goalie in there," he added.

Blake Wheeler put Winnipeg in front with 3:17 left in the second.

Nikolaj Ehlers turned hard toward the boards with the puck before Matthieu Perreault stopped the disc for him on the way by before the Dane winger hit Wheeler with a hard pass in the high slot.

The Jet captain beat Comrie glove side to score his 8th of the season.

Andrew Copp made it 3-1 1:48 later when he deflected a Josh Morrissey wrist shot past Comrie.

Patrick Laine scored 11 seconds later, breaking past the Detroit defence before moving in alone on Comrie and beating him with a forehand deke at 18:43.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

With Mike Green off for high sticking, Mark Scheifele one timed a Neal Pionk feed past Comrie four seconds into the man advantage to make it 5-1 Winnipeg just over five minutes into the third.

The goal was his team leading 14th of the season.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said he liked his club's speed overall.

“I thought when we got good, we got fast. So any of the pucks that we go to the net, that got kicked to the corner, we chart our first touches, who touches the puck first, and we weren’t particularly good in the first period. We were very good at that. We weren’t overseaming the puck, as we call it, we weren’t slowing down to find a seam play, we were kind of speeding up and taking the first shot that was there. Some chaos came from that," he said.

Detroit Head Coach Jeff Blashill just wants to find a way to stop the bleeding as their losing streak now stands at 12 games.

"Right now we gotta find a way to win a hockey game," said Blashill. "We've gotta get some confidence and moxie back into us. We're not a good enough team right now. The only people that can change that is us."

The two teams face each other again Thursday night in Detroit.



Sunday, 08 December 2019 22:50

Jets edge Ducks 3-2

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Mark Scheifele's power play goal with 4:22 remaining in regulation proved to be the game winner as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Anaheim Ducks by a 3-2 score Sunday afternoon. With Ryan Getzlaf off for tripping the Jets power play unit used quick puck movement to produce the go ahead goal.

Neal Pionk spotted Blake Wheeler at the top of the right circle and got him the puck.

The Jets captain took full advantage, sliding the puck to a waiting Mark Scheifele in the slot.

He made no mistake, beating Ducks goaltender John Gibson glove side with a wrister.

Adam Lowry also had a goal for the Jets.

Matthieu Perreault had a pair of assists.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 31 shots to pick up the win for the Jets, who are now 18-10-2 on the season.

Jakob Silfverberg and Kevin Shore scored for the Ducks, who have lost three of their last five games.

John Gibson made 30 saves for Anaheim, who dropped to 13-13-4.

Mark Scheifele scored 7:02 into the first to give Winnipeg a 1-0 lead.

Kyle Connor flipped the disc to a wide open Scheifele, who one timed the puck past Ducks goaltender John Gibson, beating him just inside the left post.

The goal was his 12th of the season.

Jakob Silfverberg evened the contest 32 seconds later when Rickard Rakell got control of the puck along the end boards and hit him with a nifty backhand pass from behind the net to make it 1-1.

Silfverberg one-timed the feed past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, beating him high blocker side.

The goal was his 11th of the season.

Adam Lowry gave Winnipeg the lead with 1:51 remaining in the second period when Andrew Copp hit the winger with a pass from the corner.

Lowry, who was driving the net, delayed for a moment before beating Gibson glove side with a wrister.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Anaheim tied the game 8:04 into the third on a goalmouth scramble when Kevin Shore knocked a puck past Connor Hellebuyck to make it 2-2.

Mark Schiefele scored at 15:38 on the power play to make it 3-2 Jets.

The goal was his 13th of the season.



Sunday, 08 December 2019 03:14

Wolves double up Moose 4-2

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Dylan Coghlan had a goal and an assist to pace the Chicago Wolves to a 4-2 win over the Manitoba Moose Saturday night.

Coghlan fired a pair of slapshots just over a half minute apart late in the first period which proved to be the difference in the game.

The first was tipped past Moose goaltender Griffen Outhouse by Jermaine Loewen.

The second was a high slapshot from the right side boards just above the right faceoff circle which he blew past Outhouse to give the Wolves the lead.

Reid Duke and Lucas Elvenes also scored for the Wolves, who moved to Oscar Dansk stopped 25 shots for Chicago, who moved to 11-14-2-0 on the season.

Kristian Reichel scored the lone goal for the Moose.

Griffen Outhouse made 25 saves for Manitoba, who dropped to 13-13-0.

Kristian Reichel got Manitoba on the board 11:40 into the first with a 50 foot wrister that he fired through a crowd in front of the Chicago net and caught the inside of the left post.

The goal was his first of the season.

The Wolves pulled even at 18:52 when Jermaine Loewen parked himself in front of Moose goaltender Griffen Outhouse and tipped a Dylan Coghlan blast from the point past him to make it 1-1.

The goal was his 1st of the season.

Coghlan struck again just 32 seconds later when he stepped into a slapshot from the right side boards, beating Outhouse with a high slapshot with 36 seconds remaining in the first to give Chicago the lead.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Reid Duke made it 3-1 6:50 into the second, wiring a high wrister just under the cross bar.

Valentin Zykov stepped around Moose forward Kristian Vesalainen at the blue line after Vesalainen missed his check and hit the Duke with a crisp pass which the Chicago forward promptly snapped past Outhouse to score his 6th of the season.

With Seth Griffith off for high sticking Lucas Elvenes took a feed from Brandon Pirri before breaking in to the hash marks and unleashing a wrister which beat Outhouse glove side to make it 4-1 Wolves at 15:53 of the third.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

J.C Lipon tipped a Cameron Schilling shot past Dansk with 2:13 remaining in regulation to make it 4-2

The goal was his 5th of the season.



Wednesday, 04 December 2019 03:43

Jets shoot down Stars 5-1

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor had a goal and two assists to pace the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-1 win over the visiting Dallas Stars Tuesday night.

The Jets used a balanced attack to get the win as Josh Morrissey, Mark Scheifele, Nik Ehlers and Patrik Laine each had a goal and an assist for the Jets, who moved to 17-10-1 on the season.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 27 shots to pick up the win for the Jets, who won for the 4th time in their last 5 games.

Miro Heiskanen scored the Stars lone goal on the night on a second period breakaway.

Anton Khudobin took the loss for Dallas (15-11-3), their 4th straight, allowing 5 goals on 30 shots.

Patrick Laine appeared to have scored 13 seconds into the contest, beating Dallas goaltender Anton Khudobin with a wrister but Dallas successfully challenged the play as being offside.

"I knew right away when I came to the bench. The guys were looking at me and I was like ‘Yeah, that’s offside.' Probably not going to be able to sleep tonight, but will try to get some rest on the plane tomorrow," said Laine.

But it didn't matter as Dallas didn't respond to their good fortune.

"Obviously you don't want to give up a goal that quickly. I just don't think we responded, and they (Jets) won the majority of the puck battles. Right now it's kind of one bad game, one good game, one bad game. We need to get back to that consistent Dallas Stars hockey we've been doing before and get all this together," said Stars centre Tyler Seguin.

Nikolaj Ehlers put Winnipeg up 1-0 at 7:45, stopping a Neal Pionk shot on it's way to the net before snapping the disc past Anton Khubodin just inside the left post.

The goal was his 13th of the season.

Kyle Connor tipped a Josh Morrissey shot through Khudobin's pads at 7:56 of the second period to put the Jets up 2-0.

The goal was his 11th of the season.

Josh Morrissey extended the lead to 3-0 when his wrist shot rebounded off of Khubodin and off of a backchecking Mattias Janmark's skate and into the Dallas net at 11:12.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Miro Heiskanen got Dallas on the board just under the eighteen minute mark of the second period, taking a stretch pass from Andrej Sekera in the neutral zone before breaking past Neal Pionk before snapping a shot past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to make it 3-1 at 17:59.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Patrik Laine restored the three-goal cushion a minute and a half later when he converted a Mark Scheifele feed, beating Khudobin with a forehand shot at 19:29.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

Mark Schiefele scored with 6:01 left in regulation, taking a nifty pass from Patrik Laine from the blue line before breaking around the Stars net and neatly executing a wraparound to score his 10th goal of the season.

“I liked how -- we could use the word -- connected the group was," said Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice. "If there was a breakdown there was somebody three or four feet away wired into stopping our problem. So, our gap was good, there wasn’t a lot of easy ice for the other team. The opposite from the first period in L.A. So, I liked a lot of that. We left a lot of offence on the table there. We haven’t had a big game where we had a lot of chances, so good. If you don’t score, it’s slightly frustrating but you’re still a lot happier if you think you can. Now you’re in a game where there’s some offence there and we liked it."

Stars Head Coach Jim Montgomery was blunt in his assessment of the night's activities.

"That was our worst game of the year," he said. "And we never responded throughout the game and I apologized to Dobie (Khudobin) after the second for the effort in front of him." "Probably our worst rush defence game of the year. You gotta give the Jets credit. They were committed to their identity, they're checking, they're making plays. You know, we gotta get back to our identity." The two teams face each other again Thursday in Dallas.



Sunday, 24 November 2019 04:07

Jets edge Columbus 4-3

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Andrew Copp scored the game winner with 1:54 left in regulation as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Colmubus Blue Jackets by a 4-3 score Saturday night.

Copp intercepted a clearing attempt by Columbus goaltender Elvis Merzlikins before dropping the disc to the ice and firing a weak wrister which defenceman David Savard attempted to block with his glove.

He got a piece of it, just enough to change it's direction, confusing Merzlikins before skidding across the goal line which to give the Jets the win.

The goal was Copp's 4th of the season and second point of the night as he added an assist.

"Yeah. The way the game went, it was kind of back and forth and you just never really know, especially with two minutes left. You pick off and the goalie is scrambling to get back to the net, just try to get one there and luckily enough it kind of hit off a D-man and slid in. Kind of a fortuitous bounce but with two minutes left, you’ll take them any way you can get them.," said Copp.

The win appeared unlikely for Winnipeg as they suffered three key injuries in the third period.

The Jets blue line was left with four defencemen for most of the third period as both Josh Morrissey and Nathan Beaulieu left the game and did not return.

To add to the injury situation, starting goaltender Laurent Brossoit departed with cramps 11:19 into the third and was replaced by Connor Hellebuyck.

The win was Winnipeg's 6th in their last 8 games.

Jets defenceman Lucas Sbisa said the four defenceman left on the Jets bench didn't get fancy.

"One guy goes down, then two guys go down. It’s not something you see happen too often. All of a sudden there’s plenty of room on the bench, but you don’t get to sit on it too long. It’s fun. The four of us, we just rallied together and see it as a challenge. Obviously, there’s a few adjustments you gotta make. You keep (shifts) short for 20 minutes and do whatever it takes," he said.

Blake Wheeler also had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Matthieu Perreault each scored for the Jets, who moved to 14-9-1.

Laurent Brossoit and Connor Hellebuyck combined to make 32 saves.

Pierre-Luc Dubois, Seth Jones and Gustav Nyquists scored for Columbus.

Elvis Merzlikins turned aside 27 shots for the Blue Jackets, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped.

Pierre Luc Dubois scored on the power play just under the five minute mark.

With Lucas Sbisa off for hooking Dubois snapped a rebound off an Oliver Bjorkstrand shot past Winnipeg goaltender Laurent Brossoit from inside the right faceoff circle.

The goal was his 10th of the season as Dubois extended his point streak to 4 games.

Blake Wheeler tied the game at 8:23 when Jack Roslovic broke down the right side boards before hitting the Jet captain with a crisp pass at the top of the circle before firing the puck through his pads to make it 1-1.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

Nikolaj Ehlers gave Winnipeg the lead 5:19 into the second period.

The Jets leading scorer worked a give-and-go with Blake Wheeler before snapping the disc past Merzlikins to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 11th of the season and his 4th goal in his last 5 games.

The assist was also Wheeler's 600th point as a Thrasher/Jet.

Seth Jones tied the contest 6:30 into the second on the power play.

Zach Werenski got control of the puck at the left point before switching positions with Jones and setting him up for the one timer which the Blue Jackets defenceman executed, blowing a low slap shot past Brossoit to make it 2-2.

Gustav Nyquist gave Columbus the lead 43 seconds later when he snapped a puck sitting in the crease through Brossoit's pads after the disc careened off of defenceman Neal Pionk following a save by Connor Hellebuyck just and sat there.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Matthieu Perreault tied it up 13:43 into the second after converting an Andrew Lowry feed from the corner.

Perreault got his shot off, but it fluttered like a knuckleball and landed just inside the right post.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

Andrew Copp scored the go-ahead goal with 1:54 left in regulation to make it 4-3 Jets.

A clearly exasperated Columbus Head Coach John Tortorella threatened to leave the media scrum after the game if anyone asked about his goaltender but managed to get through the post-game interview saying, "Oh we were trying, we were trying. They were doing a lot of, they know they're down four D so they were trying to protect them also." "But we were the better team. We were the better team that found a way to lose," he added.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice credited his defence for holding onto the lead in the third.

"They’ve got miles on them too, because we just came off (the road trip). You go into Tampa and your defence has to play at its top end. The Nashville and Dallas (games) are heavy games, there’s a cost to them. But what you saw is the way that we’ve been playing, just competing on everything. Trying to block shots, get up in the play when you can, finish checks, close people out. Those guys were great. Lowry’s line. The Wheeler line was dynamic. For a group of guys...they’re at the end of a trip, they competed hard and fast and were sharp too. We had a lot of really good performances. As a group, maybe, you know what, as a group we were great. A big part of this is just heart. And they get full marks for that."



Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Cole Maier scored twice and Mikhail Berdin stopped 35 shots as the Manitoba Moose beat the San Antonio Rampage by a 5-2 score to win their 6th straight game Sunday afternoon.

The win moved the Moose into third place in the Central Division with 18 points on the season (9-8-0-0).

Leon Gawanke had a goal and an assist in the win.

Andrei Chibisov and Kristian Vesalainen also scored for the Moose.

Mikhail Berdin made 35 saves for Manitoba, who swept their four-game homestand.

Ville Husso stopped 28 shots for the Rampage, who lost their fifth straight.

Mike Vecchione and Jordan Kyrou scored for San Antonio, who There was no scoring in the first period.

Mike Vecchione opened the scoring just under the four minute mark when he fired a wrister past Manitoba goaltender Mikhail Berdin just inside the left post at 3:52.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

The Moose replied with a shorthanded marker at 5:56.

With C.J. Suess off for hooking, J.C. Lipon broke in and left a drop pass for Cole Maier who beat Rampage goaltender Ville Husso just under the cross bar to make it 1-1.

The goal was his 2nd of the season.

Jordan Kyrou scored just 23 seconds later on the same power play, beating Berdin with a clean shot to give San Antonio the lead.

Andrei Chibisov scored with at 19:59 of the second period as he broke in alone before beating Husso with a low shot to make it 2-2.

Jansen Harkins sprung the Moose forward free with a nifty pass, hitting him in full stride before the first-year forward skated in and scored his 4th of the season.

The assist stretched Harkins' point streak to 9 games.

Maier scored his second of the game 3:26 into the third, banging a rebound into a wide open net after Leon Gawanke nailed the goalpost with a high wrister.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Kristian Vesalainen gave the Moose some breathing room 13:24 into the third on a nice solo effort.

The second-year winger broke down the left-side boards with the puck, before cutting hard to the net and having the disc go in off of Rampage defenceman Niko Mikkola's skate to make it 4-2 Manitoba.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Leon Gawanke added an empty netter with 3:14 left in regulation to seal the win for Manitoba.

San Antonio continues their four-game road trip on Tuesday in Chicago while Manitoba visits Belleville Wednesday.



Thursday, 14 November 2019 03:38

Moose edge Stars 2-1 to sweep series

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Emile Poirier scored the game winner 10:52 into the second period and Mikhail Berdin stopped 36 shots as the Manitoba Moose edged the Texas Stars 2-1 Wednesday night.

The win was their 4th straight as Manitoba swept the two-game series.

Kristian Vesalainen also scored for the Moose.

Mikhail Berdin made 36 saves for Manitoba, who moved to 7-8-0-0.

Landon Bow took the loss for Texas, who lost their ninth in a row.

The Moose got on the board first with a power play marker late in the first period.

Kristian Vesalainen scored with 22 seconds remaining after taking a feed from Sami Niku before stepping into a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle and beating Texas goaltender Landon Bow with a low wrister.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Texas drew even at 9:14 of the second when Brian Mclure tipped a Adam Mascherin shot from the right side boards past Berdin to score his 3rd goal of the season.

Emile Poirier restored the Manitoba lead 1:38 later when he shook his check while driving the net hard and snapped a Cole Maier feed past Bow to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 2nd of the season.

There was no scoring in the 3rd period.



NOTES-RW Jan Spacek was recalled to the Winnipeg Jets earlier in the day.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 04:49

Avalanche bury Jets 4-0

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-If Colorado Avalanche rookie goaltender Adam Werner has a nervous bone in his body, he's not letting on.

The 22 year-old made his NHL debut Tuesday night in unorthodox fashion, replacing starter Pavel Francouz just over half a minute into the game after Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele barrelled into him after releasing a shot.

The result was the back of Francouz's head bouncing off the ice with an almost certain concussion.

Enter Werner, who settled in quickly, stopping all 40 shots he faced in his first NHL game.

Ironically, the NHL isn't awarding Werner with a shutout because he didn't play the full game but instead awarded a team shutout to Colorado.

But that isn't fazing Werner in the least.

"You just get in there for a short time, try to have fun and play my game," said Werner. "I get a pretty great start there, an easy shot and get the feeling of the puck and the guys help me so much. It was a nice game to play for me."

Avs leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon, who had a four point night himself couldn't stop raving about Werner's performance.

“It's amazing. I'm really happy for him. It's an amazing performance for (Werner). First start ever, came in so comfortably and made some huge saves. It wasn't just an easy game for him," he said.

"He must be so proud of himself and all his family and friends I'm sure are so proud of him so it's a really cool moment for him," he added.

Nathan MacKinnon had a pair of goals and added two assists for Colorado.

Cale Makar also scored for the Avalanche (11-5-2), who won the opening game of a five-game road trip.

Joonas Donskoi had a goal and an assist.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 21 shots for Winnipeg, who closed out a four-game homestand with a loss.

The Jets dropped to 10-8-1.

Cale Makar put the Avalanche on the board with just under a minute remaining in the opening period.

The Colorado defenceman took a feed from Nathan MacKinnon before moving in off the left side boards and wiring a high wrister past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

There was no scoring in the second period.

Nathan MacKinnon gave the Avalanche the lead early in the third when he worked a give-and-go with Matt Calvert before snapping a quick wrister past Hellebuyck, Calvert tapped the disc back to MacKinnon in the high slot before he beat the Jet goaltender high blocker side 18 seconds into the period.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

MacKinnon broke free at 7:13, blowing past the Winnipeg defence before firing a low shot past Hellebuyck to give the Avalanche a two-goal lead.

The goal was his 11th of the season.

Joonas Donskoi scored his 9th goal of the season at 13:13, knocking rebound off a Nazem Kadri shot past Hellebuyck to make it 4-0 Avalanche.

Avalanche Head Coach Jared Bednar labelled Werner as the story.

"I'm really happy for the kid. He's been up here working (AHL callup), excited to be here and gets thrown into the game early and then to have the performance he had...we weren't great with the puck tonight. We turned the puck over a lot. Our guys worked extremely hard to defend but then we handed the puck back Winnipeg a lot. On turnovers you tend to see the best scoring chances against."

"Werns was awesome, he was making saves all over the place 5-on-5, some of those turnovers and on the power play. He just looked real solid, square to the puck. You know I guess sometimes you get thrown into the heat of the battle when you're not expecting it and you get a great performance," he said.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice wasn't dejected about the result on the night.

"Not at all, what’s the final number, 40-24. We got beat by four goals so we’re not brag that we dominated the game. I didn’t feel that way. Their guy made a bunch of good saves. We had a bunch of good chances that didn’t go for us. At 3-0 we made a mistake on a play that we were maybe cheating on a little bit to try and get back into the game," he said.

Both teams see action next on Thursday as Colorado visits Edmonton and Winnipeg travels to Florida.



Sunday, 10 November 2019 23:02

Jets outshine Stars 3-2 in overtime

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Mark Scheifele's goal 21 seconds into overtime lifted the Jets to a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars Sunday afternoon.

Scheifele picked up the puck in his own corner after defenceman Josh Morrissey won a puck battle and broke down almost the entire length of the ice on a 2-on-1 with Kyle Connor but elected to shoot the puck instead of passing it.

The decision proved to be the right one as he beat Dallas goaltender Anton Khubodin short side just inside the right goal post to give the Jets their fourth win in their last five games, sending the sellout crowd home happy.

"At first I thought Heiskanen was going to come over a little more and I was going to go into the triangle to KC, but he kinda backed off a little bit and I thought I’d just shoot it," said Scheifele, who has two overtime winners this season.

Winnipeg overcame a one-goal lead heading into the third, something that wasn't lost on Jets captain Blake Wheeler.

"We have confidence in all situations at this point. We’ve come back from four down and won a hockey game. I think the best thing is when we’re down a goal we don’t change our game, we don’t cheat the game, we don’t stretch or do things that aren’t in our DNA. The game-tying goal is a perfect example of that. Throw a puck to the net from a bad angle, bounces around to our guy’s tape and he buries it. That says it all right there," he said.

Patrik Laine and Andrew Copp also scored for Winnipeg, who moved to 10-7-1 on the season.

Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets.

Mattias Janmark and Radek Faksa scored for Dallas, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Anton Khubodin turned aside 26 shots for the Stars, who opened their four-game Canadian road trip with a loss.

Patrik Laine put the Jets on the board late in the first period with a power play marker.

With Jamie Benn off for interference, Laine stepped into a Neal Pionk feed at the top of the right face off circle and blasted a slapshot past Stars goaltender Anton Khubodin, beating him high glove side.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Mattias Janmark tied the game 5:22 into the second after Jason Dickinson stripped Jet defenceman Neal Pionk of the puck behind the Winnipeg goal.

Janmark moved in unchecked before snapping the disc into a wide open net.

The goal was his 2nd of the season.

Radek Faksa gave Dallas the lead just over halfway into the second, redirecting a Esa Lindell shot from the point past Hellebuyck.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Andrew Copp tied it up just under two minutes into the third, firing a rebound off a Tucker Poolman shot into a wide open net after Dallas goaltender Anton Khubodin kicked right onto his stick.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

"I think we’ve proved to ourselves that we can come back in any game this year," said Copp.

"Any game where we’re down a goal or two goals, it doesn’t really matter how much time is left. We have the confidence we can do it. We’ve done it before. I don’t think there’s any real panic in our room when we get down a goal, we know the firepower that we have.”

Dallas captain Jamie Benn, mired in a 13 game scoring drought said the game is simple from his point of view.

"You get pretty much at least one Grade A scoring chance a game. I mean you either put it in the back of the net or you don't. You know and then from there you either continue to keep getting chances or you try and set your teammates up," he said.

Stars Head Coach Jim Montgomery was succint in his assessment of the game.

"They (players) have to decide whose going to be a difference maker. I mean, look who scored for the Jets. We got really good big goals from Janmark and Faksa and that's our third and fourth line."

"It's really important. You need your number one centre and your number one left winger to step up and do more," he added.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice thought his club grew with the overtime win against a tough divisional opponent.

"The first two periods really ... it’s a grinder. It’s hard on every puck. They’ve got a real veteran team, I think average age is 29. So they’ve learned to be hard on sticks, hard on pucks. So there wasn’t a lot of easy movement for two periods to feel that. I think we skated again better in the third. I liked the way we mentally handled that. We got comfortable in the game I’m not saying we’re not built to play but we’ve got some speed here and not a lot of weight on the wings so they can excel in kind of a fast-paced game."

"But learning how to play the grinder is real important," he added.

Dallas continues a four-game road trip Wednesday in Calgary while Winnipeg wraps up a four-game homestand Tuesday night against Colorado.



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