Tuesday, 08 June 2021 04:40

Toffoli scores series winning goal in OT

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Montreal, PQ (NHN)-Tyler Toffoli scored 1:39 into overtime as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 and completed a 4-0 series sweep in the North Division final.

Toffoli one timed a cross-crease feed from Cole Caufield to score his 4th goal of the playoffs and register the series winning goal.

Toffoli also had an assist on Montreal's first goal.

Erik Gustafsson and Artturi Lehkonen also scored for the Canadiens, who won their 7th straight playoff game.

Nick Suzuki had a pair of assists for Montreal.

Carey Price stopped 14 shots for Montreal, who will face the winner of the Colorado Avalanche/Vegas Golden Knights series which is tied at two games apiece.

Logan Stanley scored twice for the Jets, who were missing No. 1 centre Mark Schiefele, who was suspended for four games for charging Jake Evans in game one.

Connor Hellebuyck made 39 saves for Winnipeg.


NOTES-Montreal D Jeff Petry did not play after suffering an upper body injury in game 3 and was replaced by Alexander Romanov who made his Stanley Cup playoff debut.

Montreal, PQ (NHN)-Joel Armia fired a pair of goals and added an assist and Carey Price made 26 saves as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-1 Sunday afternoon to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the North Divsion final.

Corey Perry, Artturi Lehkonen and Nick Suzuki also scored for the Canadiens, who won their sixth straight game.

Adam Lowry scored for the Jets, who now face elimination on Monday.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 28 shots for Winnipeg.

Corey Perry opened the scoring 4:45 into the first period after pinning the Jets in their own end for over a half a minute before circling the net with the puck before firing the puck past Hellebuyck off of Jamie Benn's stick.

The goal was his 3rd of the playoffs.

Artturi Lehkonen scored his first of the playoffs 9:24 into the second period after Philip Danault hit the post.

Joel Armia scored shorthanded at 13:41 after Paul Stastny gave the puck away attempting to get the puck to the point.

Armia intercepted the puck before moving in on Hellebuyck, toe dragging to get a better shooting angle and beating him high glove side.

Adam Lowry scored at 17:51, knocking a cross ice backhand pass from Mathieu Perreault past Price to make it 3-1.

The goal was his 2nd of the playoffs.

With Pierre-Luc Dubois off for cross checking, Nick Suzuki got his stick down and scored from just outside the crease off a bullet pass from rookie Cole Caufield who was along the goal line to give Montreal a 4-1 lead.

Armia scored into an empty net at 16:42 of the third to make it 5-1 Montreal.

Game four goes Monday night in Montreal.


Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Carey Price stopped all 30 shots he faced and Tyler Toffoli's shorthanded marker 1:41 into the second period proved to be all the offence required as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Winnipeg Jets by a 1-0 score and took a two games to none lead in the North Divison final Friday night.

The playoff shutout was the 8th of his career.

“It’s just sticking to what’s working. Hockey is kind of a funny thing that way, you never know when you heat up at the right time. Basically, we have a lot of work to do still," said Price.

“They put the pressure on. Obviously, they’re (Jets) playing desperate hockey at the end of the game and they’re just funnelling pucks towards the net. Like I said, we battle and compete in front and some of them just hit you," he said.

The playoff win was their fifth straight, their first five game winning streak since 2017.

The game was the first one without centreman Mark Scheifele, who was suspended for four games for his hit on Canadiens winger Jake Evans late in game one as he scored an empty netter.

Scheifele, who is tied for the playoff scoring lead on the Jets with five points, chose not to appeal the decision.

Centreman Pierre-Luc Dubois took Scheifele's spot on that line.

Winnipeg went 0-2 on the power play and gave up a shorthanded goal.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler thought it could have gone either way.

“I thought it was a great step in the right direction. I thought we played a great game and unfortunately it was one of those games where whoever scores first is going to win. I thought we got off to a way better start and had quite a few looks to tie the game up and unfortunately it was just a matter of being unable to get that bounce to go our way," he said.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 23 shots for the Jets.

There was no scoring in the first period.

Tyler Toffoli gave Montreal the lead 1:41 into the second with a shorthanded goal.

With Paul Byron off for high sticking, Tyler Toffoli picked up Shea Weber's clearing attempt and drove up the ice into the Winnipeg zone before toe dragging the puck and letting Kyle Connor slip by before firing a wrister just inside the left post.

The goal was Toffoli's 3rd of the playoffs.

Winnipeg pushed for the equalizer in the third period, getting a man advantage 4:31 into the period when Shea Weber tripped Nikolaj Ehlers but were unable to score.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice pulled Connor Hellebuyck with 2:05 remaining in the third period in an effort to get the tying goal but came up short.

“It’s a challenge, for sure. We’ve been a better road team than we’ve been a home team all year. We’ve got some confidence going into the other team’s building and there’s a chance we might get Paul (Stastny) back, which will probably help our group up front," said Maurice.

Game Three goes Sunday in Montreal.


Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Eric Staal scored a goal and added an assist to pace the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets and a 1-0 lead in the North Division Finals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Wednesday night.

The Canadiens, who immediately flew to Winnipeg after downing the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night in game 7 were on their game early as they jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first period.

The Jets, who had twelve days between games after dispatching the Edmonton Oilers in four straight games looked rusty early.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Eric Staal, Nick Suzuki, Brendan Gallagher and Jake Evans scored for Montreal.

Joel Edmundson and Jeff Petry had a pair of assists for the Canadiens.

Carey Price stopped 27 shots for Montreal.

Adam Lowry, Derek Forbort and Kyle Connor scored for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for Winnipeg.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi got the Canadiens on the board 3:30 into the contest tipping in a Jeff Petry slap shot from the point past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to make it 1-0 Montreal.

The goal was his 4th of the playoffs.

Eric Staal gave Montreal two-goal lead 1:40 later when Corey Perry took a drop pass from Joel Edmundson before moving in along the goal line and moving the puck to Perry as Jet defenceman Logan Stanley nailed him.

Staal fired the disc past Hellebuyck to make it 2-0.

The goal was his 1st of the playoffs.

Adam Lowry scored on a shorthanded breakaway at 11:52, splitting the Montreal defence before moving in and beating Carey Price on a backhand deke to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 1st of the playoffs.

Nick Suzuki scored at 17:14 taking Joel Edmundson's long bank pass off the boards at the Jets blue line before patiently moving in and toe dragging Hellebuyck before sliding the puck into a wide open cage to make it 3-1.

The goal was his 3rd of the playoffs.

There was no scoring in the second period.

Winnipeg pulled to within a goal at 9:22 of the third when Pierre-Luc Dubois found an open Derek Forbort and hit him with a crisp pass Brendan Gallagher restored the two-goal cushion for Montreal at 11:04 as he knocked a loose puck sitting in the crease past Hellebuyck after he made a breakaway save on Shea Weber to make it 4-2.

The goal was his second of the playoffs.

With Hellebiuyck pulled for an extra attacker Nikolaj Ehlers found Kyle Connor alone with a cross crease pass and the Jet winger made no mistake beating Carey Price with a one timer.

The game took an ugly turn after Jake Evans scored on a wraparound into an empty net to make it 5-3.

Jets centerman Mark Scheifele, who was backchecking hard on the play, nailed Evans with a stiff bodycheck after he scored and knocked him out cold.

Scheifele was assessed a five minute major for charging and a game misconduct.

Game two goes Friday night in Winnipeg.


The Jets had 500 health care workers in attendance at Wednesday night's game after the Manitoba government allowed fully vaccinated front line workers to attend.

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor scored 6:52 into triple overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 win in game four and a first round series sweep over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night.

The game ended just past 1 AM local time.

Neal Pionk knocked the puck down and chipped it off of the boards after Connor McDavid attempted to get the puck past him.

Connor picked up the puck, moved across the blue line on his off wing and fired a wrister past Mike Smith, beating him on the blocker side to give the Winnipeg Jets their first playoff series sweep in their history.

"I was pretty tired on the backcheck. You know I didn't wanna change there. You know P(ionk) made a great play on McDavid there and chopped it up the wall. I turned back and nobody was around. You know I just tried to get it on net. I was pretty tired at the end of that shift," said Connor.

Mark Scheifele scored twice and Mason Appleton added a goal for Winnipeg.

Josh Morrissey had a pair of assists Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves for Winnipeg.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist for Edmonton.

Connor McDavid and Alex Chiasson each scored for the Oilers.

Leon Draisaitl had a pair of assists.

Mike Smith stopped 39 shots for Edmonton.

The Jets struck first on the power play.

With Adam Larsson off for holding Josh Morrissey found Blake Wheeler open at the top of the right faceoff circle, the Jet captain hit Mark Scheifele with a cross ice seam pass that Scheifele one timed past Edmonton goaltender Mike Smith beating him just inside the post to make it 1-0 Jets.

The lead was short lived, however as Connor McDavid cruised through the neutral zone and worked a give and go with Leon Draisaitl before scoring on a wraparound 1:17 later.

The goal was his first of the playoffs.

Mason Appleton made it 2-1 at 15:55, redirecting a Josh Morrissey shot past Smith.

Adam Lowry worked the puck back to Morrissey at the left point before the Jet defenceman moved in and fired a wrister that Appleton got his stick on at the hash marks in front of the net.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied it 3:44 into the second, grabbing his own rebound off his skate before kicking the puck up to his stick and beating Hellebuyck with a backhand deke.

The goal was his first of the playoffs.

With Pierre-Luc Dubois off for holding Alex Chiasson pounced on a rebound off a Leon Draisaitl shot and shot the disc past an outstretched Hellebuyck to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead at 16:37.

Mark Scheifele tied the game just over six minutes into the third off a turnover when Oiler defenceman Ethan Bear threw the puck up the center of the ice right onto Blake Wheeler's stick.

Wheeler sidestepped a sprawling Slater Koekkoek before sliding the puck to Kyle Connor in the slot who in turn hit Scheifele with a nifty backhand pass which the Jet centreman rifled past Smith, beating him high glove side to make it 3-3 at 6:01.

The goal was his second of the playoffs and sent the game into overtime.

There was no scoring in the first overtime period.

There was no scoring in the second overtime period.

Kyle Connor scored the game winner 6:52 into the third overtime period to give the Jets the win.

Oilers defenceman Tyson Barrie said his club left everything they had on the ice.

"I thought we played a hell of a game. We tried, you know we gave everything we had so at the end of the day you don't want to leave anything out there and I don't think we did tonight. We battled. All the guys battled. It's disappointing."

The Jets will face the winner of the Montreal/Toronto series.

Toronto leads that series 2-1.


NOTES-The game was the longest game in Winnipeg's NHL history.

Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse logged 62:07 in icetime in game four.

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Nikolaj Ehlers scored 9:16 into overtime to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 come from behind overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers Sunday night.

Paul Stastny won a faceoff back through his legs and Ehlers skated in and wired a wrister past Oilers goaltender, beating him high glove side to give the Jets the their second straight overtime win over the Oilers.

"We had just talked about it before that faceoff," said Ehlers. "I asked him if I should go behind him for a shot and it couldn't have worked out better to be honest."

Ehlers, who missed the past month after a shoulder injury, scored twice for the Jets in his first game back in the lineup.

The Jets now lead the opening round series 3-0 and can elimnate the Oilers Monday in game 4.

Mathieu Perreault and Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg.

Josh Morrissey had a goal and an assist for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck made 44 saves for Winnipeg.

Leon Draisaitl scored twice and added an assist for the Oilers.

Zack Kassian and Jujhar Khaira also scored for Edmonton.

Connor McDavid had a pair of assists for the Oilers.

Mike Smith turned aside 32 shots for Edmonton.

Leon Draisaitl opened the scoring 6:33 into the first when he snagged a loose puck off a deflected shot from the point and tucked it neatly past Hellebuyck to make it 1-0 Oilers.

Draisaitl made it 2-0 on the power play at 9:10.

With Nate Thompson off for high sticking, Draisaitl converted a Kailer Yamamoto feed, blasting the puck past Hellebuyck.

The goal was his 2nd of the playoffs.

Nikolaj Ehlers got Winnipeg on the board with a power play marker 17:13 into the second when he fired a shot from the top of the left circle and beat Smith high glove side off the post to make it 2-1.

Edmonton reacquired their two-goal cushion just over a minute later when Zack Kassian converted a Leon Draisaitl cross ice feed as he was driving the net beating Hellebuyck just inside the far post to make it 3-1 Edmonton late in the second period.

Jujhar Khaira appeared to give Edmonton a commanding lead 4:43 into the third, redirecting an Adam Larsson shot past Hellebuyck to make it 4-1.

Winnipeg fired 3 third period goals in a 3:33 minute span after falling behind 4-1 to force overtime.

With Josh Archibald off for tripping Mathieu Perreault counted a power play marker chipping a shot in off of Oiler defenceman Ethan Bear's glove to make it 4-2 at 11:41.

Blake Wheeler scored at 14:28, firing a rebound off a Josh Morrissey shot past Smith to pull the Jets to within a goal.

Josh Morrissey beat Smith with a wrister from the high slot 16 seconds later, just over his pad inside the right post at 14:44 to send the game to overtime.

The goal was his first of the playoffs.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored the game winner in overtime.

Game 4 goes Monday night in Winnipeg.


Edmonton, AB (NHN)-Paul Stastny's goal 4:06 into overtime lifted the Winnipeg Jets a 1-0 win and a 2 games to none series lead over the Edmonton Oilers Friday night.

Stastny took an Andrew Copp feed in the neutral zone on his off wing before moving into the Edmonton zone and unleashing a wrister through both Oiler defencemen Dimitry Kulikov and Adam Larsson which sailed over Mike Smith's glove just inside the short side post to give the Jets the win.

"Normally in the regular season you wouldn't shoot from there," said Stastny. "I think I was kind of looking for Copper (Andrew Copp). A lot of times from..if I'm gonna shoot from there I'm always trying to look for a screen." There was no scoring in the first period but the Jets outshot the Oilers by a 17-11.

Edmonton outshot Winnipeg in the second by a 12-8 margin and by one shot in the third period.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 38 shots he faced to earn the shutout.

Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl-who finished 1-2 in NHL scoring during the regular season-were held scoreless for the second straight game.

Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett shifted the two back together for game two, and the pair generated more offensive chances but the pair were stymied by a constricting Winnipeg defense.

The Oilers failed to capitalize on their power play opportunities as they were given a two-man advantage for 21 seconds early in the third period but failed to score.

Mike Smith made 35 saves for the Oilers.

Games 3 and 4 are in Winnipeg on Sunday and Monday.


NOTES-Pierre-Luc Dubois returned to the Jets lineup for game 2 while winger Nikolaj Ehlers did not. He may return on Sunday after missing the last nine games of the regular season with an injury.

Thursday, 20 May 2021 04:18

Jets shock Oilers, take game one 4-1

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Edmonton, AB (NHN)-Dominic Toninato scored the game winner 9:14 into the third period, tipping a Logan Stanley slapshot past Oilers goaltender Mike Smith as the Jets posted a 4-1 win and a 1-0 series lead in the best of 7 opening round series against the Edmonton Oilers.

Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler each had a goal and an assist for the Jets.

Tucker Poolman had the other Winnipeg goal.

Nate Thompson and Mark Scheifele each had two assists for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves for Winnipeg, who picked up the win for Winnipeg.

Jesse Puljujarvi scored the lone goal for the Oilers.

Mike Smith turned aside 18 shots for Edmonton.

There was no scoring in the first period.

Jesse Puljujarvi opened the scoring 8:24 into the second, scooping up a rebound off a Tyson Barrie shot from the point and firing the disc past Connor Hellebuyck, beating him low glove side to make it 1-0 Edmonton.

The goal was his first of the playoffs.

Tucker Poolman tied it just over two and a half minutes later, pouncing on a rebound off a Blake Wheeler shot which handcuffed Oilers goaltender Mike Smith.

Dominic Toninato tipped a Logan Stanley shot past Smith 9:14 into the third, as the puck changed direction twice and appeared to hit the crossbar.

A goal was awarded after a video review determined the puck had entered the net.

The goal was his first of the playoffs.

Kyle Connor scored into an empty net at 18:13 and Blake Wheeler added another 32 seconds later to give Winnipeg a 4-1 win.

Game 2 goes Friday at 8PM CST in Edmonton.


NOTES-Jet forwards Nikolaj Ehlers and Pierre-Luc Dubois were out with injury for game one. Their status is expected to be updated tomorrow.

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 34 shots as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 Friday night to close out their NHL regular season with a win.

With both clubs already having had their first round opponent determined, the game was not a physical affair, save for Jets forward Paul Stastny, who suffered a stick in the ribs and went to the dressing room early in the first period.

He later returned to the contest.

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Nils Hoglander scored twice and Thatcher Demko turned aside 37 shots as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-1 score Monday night.

Both of Hoglander's goals were unassisted.

His first, came off a turnover just over three minutes into the first period when he intercepted a drop pass at the Canuck blue line left by Jets defenceman Ville Heinola before rocketing down the ice and getting a shot on goal before pocketing his own rebound to give the Canucks the lead.

His second of the evening, just over halfway into the third put the nail in the Jets coffin when his attempted pass to teammate Brock Boeser was deflected into the Winnipeg net by a defending Josh Morrissey.

Kyle Connor scored the lone goal for the Jets, who have now lost 9 of their last 10 games.

Laurent Brossoit turned aside 28 shots for Winnipeg, who played in place of a resting Connor Hellebuyck (28-23-3). Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks.

Thatcher Demko stopped 37 shots for Vancouver, who moved to 21-26-3.

Bo Horvat made it 2-0 at 7:21 when Tanner Pearson slid Horvat the disc in the slot after it rebounded off the end boards off a Matthew Highmore shot.

The goal was his 17th of the season.

Kyle Connor cut the lead in half at 10:44 of the first when Matthew Perreault hit him with a pass from behind the goal line.

The goal was his 23rd of the season and snapped a 7 game goalless skid.

There was no scoring in the second period.

Hoglander scored his second of night 10:15 into the third when his pass attempt to teammate Brock Boeser was deflected in by a defending Josh Morrissey.

The goal was his 12th of the season.

The two clubs face each other again Tuesday night in Winnipeg.


NOTES-The Jets rested defenceman Neal Pionk, Tucker Poolman and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck with nagging injuries. Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said all three would have drawn into the lineup in the playoffs.

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