Tuesday, 12 December 2017 03:32

Jets down Canucks 5-1

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Matthieu Perreault scored twice and added an assist as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 to snap a three-game winless skid Monday night. He not only fired the game winning tally in the second period on a beautiful passing play but also got his 100th career goal, tipping a disc past Jacob Markstrom on Winnipeg's 5th goal of the night. "It's definitely a good one. It's kind of a reaction play. It was going in his empty net and I just got my stick on it. I could have tipped it out of the way so lucky enough it went in," said Perreault. “A couple good power plays. I think that first one was just at the end of the power play, but we were in there getting a lot of chances. Our D-gap was a lot better so it keeps pucks in their end and we were able to get more shots on goal.” Dimitry Kulikov, Nikolaj Ehlers and Matt Hendricks also scored for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots to backstop the Jets to the win, their first in three games (18-8-5). Brock Boeser scored Vancouver's lone goal on the night. Jacob Markstrom turned aside 19 shots for the Canucks, who dropped their third straight game (14-13-4). Dimitry Kulikov scored 1:28 into the contest, floating a soft wrister past Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom from the blueline that bounced through his legs. The goal was his 2nd of the season. Brock Boeser tied the contest 6:53 of the first period as Henrik Sedin poked the puck off the end boards behind the Winnipeg net before hitting Boeser with a slick pass which the Vancouver rookie promptly fired past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to make it 1-1. The goal was his team leading 16th of the season. That was the only offence the Canucks could muster. "We gotta find a way to score some more goals," said Daniel Sedin, who assisted on the lone Vancouver goal on the night. "We need more shots to the net and get to the rebound. That's the way we gotta score now." Perreault gave the Jets the lead just under five minutes into the second period, one timing a pretty tic-tac-toe play past Markstrom to make it 2-1. Bryan Little fed Joel Armia alongside the Vancouver goal which he simply pushed back at a waiting Perreault at the hash marks. The winger made no mistake, beating Markstrom low along the ice to give Winnipeg a one goal lead. The goal was his 8th of the season. With Nic Dowd off for hooking Nikolaj Ehlers put the Jets up 3-1 on the power play when he one timed a rebound past Markstrom to score his 14th of the season. Tyler Myers put a shot on goal which the Canucks goaltender kicked right to Ehlers who was sitting right at the top of the faceoff circle. The Winnipeg winger simply blasted the puck right past Markstrom to give Winnipeg a two-goal lead 14:09 into the second period. Josh Morrissey converted an Adam Lowry feed on a two-on-one 11:38 into the third period to give the Jets a 4-1 lead. The goal was his 4th of the season. Lowry got a hold of the puck on the move by the Canucks bench before breaking in and hitting a streaking Morrissey who was driving the net. The Jet defenceman re-directed it past Morrissey to give the Jets a commanding lead. Matthieu Perreault added an empty netter with 43 seconds left, tipping in a Matt Hendricks shot to make it 5-1 Winnipeg. "That didn't feel like a 5-1 hockey game that's for sure," said Canucks Head Coach Travis Green afterward. "I think 5-on-5 we gave up 17 shots and we gotta find a way to score a couple more goals." Thomas Vanek echoed his coach's sentiment about offence. “Every team has injuries. When I have the scoring chances that I had tonight, I’ve gotta put them away. It doesn’t matter who’s in and who’s out, I’ve gotta find a better job of putting one of those in there and get some momentum back.” SHOTS-VANCOUVER 26 WINNIPEG 24 ATTENDANCE-15,294
Saturday, 09 December 2017 23:02

Admirals sink Moose 4-3 in Shootout

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Trevor Smith registered the game winning tally in the shootout as the Milwaukee Admirals edged the Manitoba Moose by a 4-3 score Saturday afternoon. The Admrials came back from a three-goal deficit to post the win after Manitoba scored three times in the first period. Phil Lane, Jimmy Oligny and Tyler Kelleher scored for the Admirals, who posted their 12th win of the season (12-10-1-0). Juuse Saros turned aside 23 shots for Milwaukee. Cameron Schilling, Cam Maclise and Jimmy Oligny scored for Manitoba, who dropped to 17-5-2-1. Michael Hutchinson was solid, stopping 23 shots for the Moose. Cameron Schilling gave Manitoba a 1-0 lead 6:15 into the contest, tipping a shot from Peter Stoykewych past Admirals starter Juuse Saros. The goal was his 3rd of the season. The Admirals replied 23 seconds later when Tyler Moy put a puck past Moose gaoltender Michael Hutchinson to score his 4th of the season. Manitoba took a 2-1 lead at 13:33 of the 1st period when Cam Maclise converted a Jansen Harkins pass and snapped a shot past Saros from the slot. The goal was his 3rd of the season. Mason Appleton made it 3-0 when he tipped a disc past Saros at 15:52 of the first period. Kirll Gotovets shot the puck from a sharp angle which Appleton got his stick on, beating Saros to score his 9th of the season. Jimmy Oligny fired a high shot past Hutchinson just over a minute into the second period after taking a feed from Bobby Butler at 12:08. The goal was his first of the season. Tyler Kelleher tied the contest with six minutes to go in regulation, converting a cross crease pass from Justin Kirkland to score his 6th goal of the season. The game went to overtime. There was no scoring in overtime and the game went to a shootout. MILWAUKEE-Kirkland (score), Smith (score) MANITOBA-Sgarbossa (score), Petan (miss), Lemieux (miss) SHOTS-MILWAUKEE 26 MANITOBA 26 ATTENDANCE-5282
Monday, 04 December 2017 03:09

Jets trounce Sens 5-0

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 50 shots he faced to earn the shutout and Jets captain Blake Wheeler had a goal and three assists as the Winnipeg Jets trounced the Ottawa Senators 5-0 Sunday night. The shutout was his first of the season and 7th of his NHL career. Wheeler's 4 point night vaulted him into first place in assists with 28 on the season. "They showed it on the board and guys started saying stuff and whatever. It’s not what I’m out here trying to do, to be honest with you. It’s about trying to play how we’re trying to play every single night. That’s the gist of of what Scheif and I have tried to do this year, play fast, play hard every single night. When we’re doing that, we’re going to create chances. Sometimes they’re all going to seem to go in but even on nights where they’re not going in, we still want to have an impact on the game.” The win was their 5th straight at home and solidified their hold on 1st place overall in the Western Conference standings with 38 on the season (17-6-4). Patrick Laine and Tyler Myers scored singles for Winnipeg. Matthieu Perreault had a goal and two assists and Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist. Mike Condon and Craig Anderson combined to stop 45 shots for Ottawa, who dropped to a game under .500 with the loss (9-10-6). Ottawa continues a four-game road trip Wednesday in Anaheim. Winnipeg begins a three-game trip Tuesday in Detroit. The Jets got on the board early with a power play goal when Mark Scheifele scored 2:20 into the opening stanza with a power play marker, converting a cross ice feed from Blake Wheeler to give the Jets a 1-0 lead. The goal was his 14th of the season. Matthieu Perreault made it 2-0 six minutes into the contest, tipping a Jacob Trouba shot from the point past Ottawa goaltender Mike Condon. The goal was his 7th of the season. Blake Wheeler made it 3-0 off a nifty behind the net pass from Mark Scheifele at 3:18 of the 2nd period. Perreault narrowly missed a scoring chance in front of the Ottawa goal and chased the puck to the left corner before getting the puck to Scheifele, who didn't wait and fired a slick pass to Wheeler in the high slot which the Jets captain one timed past Condon to score his 7th goal of the season. Winnipeg's power play struck again at 6:20. With the Jets enjoying a two-man advantage Patrick Laine one timed a Blake Wheeler feed past Condon to score his 13th goal of the season. Tyler Myers made it 5-0 off a blast from the point at 6:50. Bryan Little slid the disc to the Jets defenceman from the side boards which he simply blasted past a shocked Condon. Senators Head Coach Guy Boucher had seen enough and pulled Condon in favor of Craig Anderson. There was no scoring in the third period. Boucher didn't mince words following the game. “We jumped on and we weren't very smart. We took a penalty on a change-up for no reason, two guys changing for the same guy. “We took some other penalties. We didn't play well on the penalty kill. We weren't menacing on the power play, either. The work ethic wasn't as high as theirs. “Right now, (the Jets) are firing from all cylinders and they play great and we did not at all so that's a recipe for disaster and we've got to move on.” “Can't stay here and say we were coming here and we're going to shellack these guys. We were well aware that these guys were shellacking everybody. “I just thought we were going to get a much better pushback and a much better shooting mentality. That's what we've got to go back to. We've got the guys to be able to do that.” Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said the win was a good one but his club has to move on. “We were pretty solid right through. I thought it was a real powerful, long start… It’s a good win, but we’ll absolutely leave this one here. That wasn’t Ottawa’s best game.” SHOTS-OTTAWA 21 WINNIPEG 49 ATTENDANCE-15,294
Sunday, 03 December 2017 03:34

Moose shutout Monsters 4-0

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-The Manitoba Moose power play proved the dominant factor as Manitoba fired three goals with the man advantage on their way to a 4-0 win over the Cleveland Monsters Saturday night to extend their winning streak to nine games. Julian Melchiori and Jack Roslovic had singles for Manitoba (17-5-1-1). Nic Petan paced the Moose offence with three assists. Sami Niku and Michael Spacek each had a goal and an assist. Michael Hutchinson earned the shutout for the Moose, stopping all 27 shots he faced. Manitoba opened the scoring 6:52 into the opening period when Julian Melchiori scored off a slapshot from the left point. The puck careened off the goalpost before hitting the back of goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks and dribbling across the goal line. The goal was his 4th of the season. With Sam Vigneault off for tripping the Moose scored on the power play when Jack Roslovic tipped a Sami Niku slapshot from the point past the Cleveland goaltender to make it 2-0. The goal was his 13th of the season. Manitoba's power play continued to fire on all cylinders in the second period as Michael Spacek added to the Moose lead at 8:19 by absolutely blowing a slapshot from the top of the right face off circle past Kivlenieks after Nic Petan shovelled a puck into his forehand. The goal was his 3rd of the season. Sami Niku's power play goal 8:11 into the third period made it 4-0 Moose. The shutout was threatened with less than a second remaining in regulation as the Monsters Joe Pendenza found himself in front of a wide open Moose net with the puck, which he promptly fired off the goalpost. SHOTS-CLEVELAND 27 MANITOBA 30 ATTENDANCE-5160
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:12

Jets hammer Wild 7-2

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-The Winnipeg Jets spotted the Minnesota Wild a two-goal lead before storming back to score six straight goals to beat their Central Division rivals by a score 7-2 Monday night. Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each had a goal and two assists on the night. Joel Armia had a goal and an assist. Jacob Trouba, Mattieu Perreault added singles for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck was solid in net for Winnipeg, turning aside 17 shots. Jason Zucker and Cam Stewart scored for Minnesota. Alex Stalock stopped 21 shots, taking the loss for the Wild. Zucker got the Wild on the board just over 8 minutes into the opening period, when Charlie Coyle hit the breaking winger on his way to the net with a crisp pass. Zucker deked first before sliding a backhand past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to make it 1-0 Minnesota. The goal was his 13th of the season. The Wild appeared to take a 2-0 lead at the 12:45 mark when Charlie Coyle took a stretch pass that resulted in a Wild goal off his rebound shot but the Jets challegned the goal as being offside. The goal was overturned after a video review by the linesmen. Minnesota did take a 2-0 lead just over a minute later when Chris Stewart called for a pass at the side of the Winnipeg goal and Matt Cullen hit him with a perfect cross crease pass which Stewart promptly fired past Hellebuyck to score his 7th goal of the season at 13:54. Joel Armia cut the Minnesota lead in half 15:47 into the 1st period, sliding a puck past Wild goaltender Alex Stalock after it was re-directed by Matt Hendricks skate on it's way to the net. The goal was his 4th of the season. The Jets evened the contest on teh power play when Blake Wheeler hit Mark Scheifele with a cross ice pass that the Winnipeg forward one-timed a low shot past Stalock to make it 2-2. Jacob Trouba finished off a three-way passing play at 10:57 of the 2nd period to give the Jets a 3-2 lead. Andrew Copp got the puck up to Scheifele on a break and the Jets assistant captain drew the Minnesota defenceman in before hitting a charging Trouba who got his shot off before Stalock could get across his crease as the Winnipeg defenceman potted his 2nd goal of the season. Matthieu Perreault scored at 14:19 after Joel Armia scooped up a puck at the top of the faceoff circle and hit him with a cross-ice feed that the Winnipeg forward one-timed past Stalock to make it 4-2 Jets. The goal was his 6th of the season. Kyle Connor added to the Jets lead 5:13 into the 3rd period on the power play. With Daniel Winnik off for high sticking, Blake Wheeler bowled his way to the net with the puck before getting knocked over by the Wild defenceman before dropping the puck for an opportunistic Connor, who skated in and fired a backhand past Stalock to make it 5-2 Winnipeg. The goal was his 7th of the season. Bryan Little put the game out of reach at 6:18 of the 3rd, tipping a Ben Chiarot blast from the left point past Stalock to make it 6-2 Jets. Blake Wheeler scored at 13:26 of the 3rd after his pass attempt went in off the Minnesota defenceman's skate. SHOTS-MINNESOTA 19 WINNIPEG 28 ATTENDANCE-15,294
Saturday, 18 November 2017 23:43

Jets down Devils 5-2

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-The Winnipeg Jets fired three goals in just over a minute and a half in the second period Saturday afternoon as they cruised to a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. The win was their fourth in a row. Both teams had identical 11-4-3 records heading into the game but the 3 goal outburst in 1:35 proved to be too much for the Devils to recover from. "Our gaps were a little bit loose. You know it played into their strength and they capitalized when they had those chances when they had that span there," said New Jersey Head Coach John Hynes afterward, noting that Winnipeg's goals came off the rush. Patrick Laine, Jacob Trouba had singles for Winnipeg while Kyle Connor, Matthieu Perreault and Matt Hendricks each had a goal and an assist. Mark Scheifele and Joel Armia each had a pair of assists. Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves to backstop the Jets to the win. Brian Gibbons and Will Butcher scored for the Devils Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid combined to turn aside 29 shots for New Jersey, who lost their second game in a row. There was no scoring in the first period. Kyle Connor opened the scoring 5:51 into the second period after he knocked a rebound off a Blake Wheeler shot past New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider. Mark Scheifele hit Wheeler with a pass that the Jets captain one timed at teh devils goal. Connor drove the net hard and hammered the rebound past Schneider to give the Jets a 1-0 lead. The goal was his 5th of the season. New Jersey tied the contest at 6:52 after video review showed Brian Gibbons beat Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck with a high shot that hit the bar in the back of the net. The goal was his 9th of the season. Patrick Laine restored the Jet lead at 8:06 tipping a Nikolaj Ehlers shot past Schneider to make it 2-1. The goal was his 10th of the season. Jacob Trouba made it 3-1 Jets at 8:41 after he drifted a wrister past Schneider, beating him glove side after Kyle Connor hit him with a pass at the top of the right faceoff circle. The goal was his 1st of the season. The Jets struck again a minute later when Matt Hendricks scored at 9:41 to make it 4-1 Jets after he one timed a Matthieu Perreault feed from behind the Devils net past Schneider. Matthieu Perreault scored at 18:18 off a nifty backhand pass from Matt Hendricks redirecting the puck high over Schneider's shoulder to score his 3rd of the season to make it 5-1 Winnipeg. The tally was his second in two games since returning from a 12 game abscence due to injury. "We thought we’ve been playing pretty well. Matty’s first game back he scored a big goal for us, obviously, but we thought we could have brought a little bit more throughout the course of the game. We had some real good spurts and then kind of lacked a little bit. We wanted to have a more consistent game," said Matt Hendricks of his new linemate. Will Butcher scored 7:14 into the third period, poking a puck past the goal line that had slipped through Hellebuyck's pads off a shot from Taylor Hall. The goal was his 1st of the season. Winnipeg Head Coach Paul Maurice said Gibbon's goal in the second period didn't surprise him. “I didn’t think it changed. I thought we were going like that at the start. The second period especially, we got up to our speed. I think they were a little quicker than we were in the first, and then we were just a bit quicker than they were in the second and that was the diference.” SHOTS-NEW JERSEY 36 WINNIPEG 34 ATTENDANCE-15,294
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Jack Roslovic fired two goals and had a pair of assists to pace the the Manitoba Moose to a 6-4 win over the Chicago Wolves Friday night. The Moose swept the two-game series with the win. Manitoba sits atop the Central division standings with 22 points. Chicago holds down 7th spot with 9 points on the season. The Moose host the Laval Rocket beginning on Sunday while Chicago wraps up a three-game road trip on Sunday in Rockford. Julian Melchiori, Sami Niku, Buddy Robinson and Chase De Leo had singles for the Moose. Mason Appleton had a pair of assists for Manitoba. Eric Comrie turned aside 37 shots for the Moose. Brandon Pirri, Brett Sterling, Stefan Matteau had singles for the Wolves. Jason Garrison had a goal and an assist for Chicago. Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 25 shots in the loss for the Wolves. Manitoba got on the board early 1:05 into the contest when Julian Melchiori beat Chicago goaltender Kasmir Kaskisuo with a slapshot from the point. The goal was his 2nd of the season. Sami Niku made it 2-0 after moving in from his point position and ripping a wrister past Kaskisuo, beating the Chicago netminder glove side at 8:42. With Brendan Lemieux off for unsportsmanlike conduct, Chicago wasted no time getting on the board when when Brandon Pirri one timed a Jason Garrison feed past Manitoba goaltender Eric Comrie to make it 2-1 at 12:49 of the first period. The goal was his 4th of the season. The Wolves evened the contest at 15:33 when Brett Sterling shovelled a bouncing puck past Comrie to make it 2-2. The goal was his 2nd of the season. With Bryce Gervais off for high sticking the Moose power play struck again at 17:44 when Buddy Robinson relayed in a Cameron Schilling shot past Kaskisuo. The goal was his 6th of the season. Stefan Matteau drew Chicago even at 8:33 of second period, banking a shot in from the side of the Manitoba goal off of Comrie's right goal pad after Beau Bennett hit him with a slick pass from behind the net. The goal was his 3rd of the season. Jack Roslovic restored the one goal lead at 12:58 after converting at Peter Stoykweych pass from just inside the blue line. Roslovic skated to the top of the right face off circle before snapping a wrister just inside the goal post to make it 4-3 Moose. The goal was his 9th of the season. With Brody Sutter off for tripping Jason Garrison blasted a slapper past Moose goaltender Eric Comrie from the point to even the contest at 4 apiece. Jack Roslovic put the Moose ahead just 11 seconds later, jumping on a loose puck in the Wolves zone before going through a Chicago defender and firing a low shot past Kaskisuo to make it 4-3. Chase De Leo added an empty netter with 1:53 left in regulation to make it 6-4 for the Moose. SHOTS-CHICAGO 41 MANITOBA 31 ATTENDANCE-5695
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 03:47

Jets down Yotes 4-1

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Adam Lowry had a goal and an assist to pace the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night. Andrew Copp, Joel Armia, Bryan Little added singles for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 33 shots for the Jets, who opened a three-game homestand with a win. Alex Goligoski replied for Arizona. Antti Raanta and Scott Wedgewood combined to stop () shots for Arizona, who dropped their second straight game to Winnipeg. The Jets host Philadelphia Thursday. Arizona continues their four-game road trip in Montreal Thursday. Andrew Copp got the Jets on the board 15:30 into the first period, coming out of the corner with the puck getting a shot on goal before following up on the rebound to make it 1-0 at 15:30. The goal was his 3rd of the season. Joel Armia made it 2-0 1:43 into the second period when Nikolaj Ehlers flipped the puck high to clear the Jets end before Armia caught the disc at centre ice, before skating in and beating Raanta with a high wrister the Arizona goaltender could only get a piece of. The goal was his 3rd of the season. Bryan Little extended the Winnipeg lead to 3-0 after he pickpocketed Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larrsson at the Jets blueline before breaking in alone and firing the disc past Antti Raanta, beating him just inside the post. The goal was his 2nd of the season. Arizona Head Coach Rick Tocchet had seen enough and pulled Raanta following the goal, replacing him with Scott Wedgewood. Adam Lowry converted a Patrick Laine feed at 12:39 to put Winnipeg up 4-0, wiring a high wrister past Wedgewood to score his 2nd goal of the season. The Jets had the Coyotes pinned in their own end for almost a minute, cycling the puck before they made a line change and caught a tired Arizona side flat footed before Laine tipped the puck to Lowry. Alex Goligoski got Arizona on the board 5:21 into the third period, scoring on a shot from the point which Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebucyk was screened on to make it 4-1. The goal was his 2nd of the season. SHOTS-ARIZONA WINNIPEG ATTENDANCE-15,294
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Mark Scheifele fired three goals and Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 21 shots as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Dallas Stars 5-2 Thursday night. The win was their third in a row. Patrick Laine and Tyler Myers added singles for Winnipeg, who have registered at least a point in their last Blake Wheeler had three assists for the Jets. Alex Radulov and Mattias Janmark replied for Dallas. Ben Bishop turned aside 22 shots for the Stars, who return home to host the Buffalo Sabres Saturday. The Jets wrap up their two-game homestand Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens. With Jason Dickinson off for holding Mark Scheifele scored on the power play just under eleven minutes into the first period, one timing a cross ice feed from Blake Wheeler past Dallas goaltender beating him just inside the left post to put Winnipeg up 1-0. Patrick Laine scored at 13:04 converting a Dimitri Kulikov pass in the slot past Dallas goaltender Blaine Bishop to make it 2-0. The goal was his 5th of the season. Tyler Myers made it 3-0 at 15:16 when Dimitri Kulikov hit Myers from the slot with a crisp pass at the blue line which the towering defenceman promptly rocketed past Bishop. Alex Radulov got Dallas on the board with just over two minutes remaining in the opening period when he got hold of a loose puck just in front of Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and outwaited the Winnipeg netminder before firing a backhander just under the crossbar to make it 3-1 at 17:59. The goal was his 5th of the season. Brandon Tanev appeared to give the Jets a 4-1 lead with 4:20 remaining in the second period but the goal was overturned on further review after replay revealed Mark Scheifele had prevented Bishop from using his stick with his skate as the puck crossed the goal line. Mattias Danmark pulled the Stars to within a goal at 18:26 after he moved in from the left side boards with the puck and fired a wrister through traffic that Hellebuyck did not see to make it 3-2. Mark Scheifele scored 1:47 into the third period on a strange play. Josh Morrissey shot the puck from the left point and the puck Scheifele tipped the puck and it floated high in the air before coming down in the net. The goal was his 6th of the season. Kyle Connor had a chance to add to the Jets lead late in the third period when he was awarded a penalty shot after he was fouled from behind on a breakaway by Stars defenceman Greg Pateryn, but wasn't able to get off a shot in his attempt. Scheifele completed the hat trick with just under a minute remaining in regulation, scoring an empty netter. The goal was his 7th of the season. SHOTS-DALLAS 23 WINNIPEG 27 ATTENDANCE-15,294
Monday, 30 October 2017 02:16

Jets pound Penguins 7-1

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Blake Wheeler fired three first period goals as part of a five-goal outburst in the opening stanza as the Winnipeg Jets cruised to a 7-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night. Wheeler added an assist for a four-point night for the Jets captain. "It's all about getting two points," said Wheeler. "Both of us have played three-in-four. We're fortunate to get the day off yesterday. They (Pittsburgh) had to play in Minny. So it's tough when you're playing back-to-back on the back end of a three in four it takes a little time to get going."
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