Wednesday, 16 January 2019 04:28

Jets down Golden Knights 4-1

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor scored twice and Laurent Brossoit made 43 saves as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 Tuesday night.

Connor's first tally was shorthanded and one for the highlight reel as Bryan Little's flip pass sprung the Jet winger free as he sped through the neutral zone, leaving Golden Knights defenceman Nate Schmidt in his wake before beating Marc-Andre Fleury with a forehand deke to give the Jets a 1-0 lead.

Laurent Brossoit had a strong night in goal for Winnipeg, stopping 43 shots, his only blemish an allowed goal just over a minute into the third when Brandon Pirri got his stick on a point shot and redirected it past him.

The Jets are getting their money's worth from Brossoit, who signed for an NHL minimum $650,000 for one season to back up starting goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, who was rested on the night and played backup.

He faced 26 shots in the second period alone, a franchise record.

In fact he was surprised he got the start, period.

"I was partly surprised," said Brossoit. "At the same time the competitive edge in me, every time I play well I hope that next came comes sooner and sooner. So yesterday was one of those days where I half-expected it and just looked forward." But that isn't how Jets captain Blake Wheeler sees Brossoit, who picked up his 10th win of the season.

"He’s been outstanding all year. We’ve probably said it a million times now. You can tell he came into camp with a chip on his shoulder. Something to prove. Got an opportunity here and boy has he been a difference maker for our team. He’s one of those guys that’s a driver every day. In practice, and in games. You can tell. His performance, when he’s in the net, he’s been great this year."

Matthieu Perreault and Mark Scheifele added singles for the Jets, who have won their last five home games.

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 23 shots for Vegas.

There was no scoring in the first period.

With Joe Morrow off for roughing Kyle Connor broke free, sped through the neutral zone before moving in on Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and beating him with a forehand deke to put the Jets up 1-0.

The goal was his 17th of the season.

Matthieu Perreault made it 2-0 Winnipeg 16:23 into the second off a nice individual effort, picking the puck up at the blue line before chipping it past Vegas defenceman Deryk Engelland and beating an outstretched Fleury with a backhand deke.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

Brandon Pirri got Vegas on the board just over a minute into the third, redirecting a Brayden McNabb point shot past Winnipeg goaltender Laurent Brossoit to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele added empty netters to seal the win for the Jets.

Vegas went 0-for-6 on the power play on the night, something that wasn't lost on Golden Knights winger Max Pacioretty.

"We had our opportunities. We knew that our power play had to be better to give us a chance and we weren't able to execute. But the chances were there to score goals to get back in the game we just weren't able to execute."

Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant was blunt in his assessment of the game.

"We played a real good hockey game. We made a couple of mistakes, they buried us," he said. "We kept fighting back and got that early goal in the third and made a game of it, but they played a good, solid game and their goalie was great, obviously."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice shared what his expectations are in order to give Brossoit more starts moving forward.

"Less than 45 shots as a starter," said Maurice. "He pulled a lot of weight here tonight. He certainly put him in a position where we can get far more starts out of him."

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Monday, 14 January 2019 02:53

Jets pluck Ducks 4-3 in OT

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Bryan Little scored the game winner with just over ten seconds left in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 Sunday afternoon.

The Jets centre followed up on his own rebound and snapped up the loose puck, tucking it just under the crossbar to give Winnipeg to extend their home winning streak to four games.

"I was kind of trying to find a seam to Troubs (Trouba) and ended up just shooting it. I think we were both whacking at it for like four or five seconds and it got right on my stick and I just tried to shovel it up," said Little.

Blake Wheeler, Patrick Laine, Ben Chiarot also scored for the Jets.

Mark Scheifele and Bryan Little extended their point streaks to five games.

Scheifele has 7 points in that span and Little has six.

Brian Gibbons, Rickard Rakell and Andrew Cogliano scored for Anaheim, who lost their 11th straight game (19-18-9).

Carter Rowney had three assists for the Ducks.

Daniel Sprong had two assists.

John Gibson turned aside 28 shots for Anaheim.

Brian Gibbons got the Ducks on the board 2:19 into the first period after the puck took a fortunate bounce off of Jet defenceman Ben Chiarot's skate.

Gibbons shot the puck from the left side boards and Chiarot re-directed it past Connor Hellebuyck to make it Anaheim.

Rickard Rakell scored at 16:14, after Daniel Sprong hit him with a pass as he entered the offensive zone.

The Anaheim centre skated into the puck and unleashed a wrister from the hash marks, which Hellebuyck managed to get a piece of as it hit sailed past him and hit the back of the net.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

Blake Wheeler got the Jets on the board with just under a minute left in the first period when he snapped a wrsiter past a screened John Gibson to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

"It just changed the momentum a little bit and gave us a little boost," said Wheeler. "That’s the power plays job. They didn’t spend a whole lot of time in our zone in the first and they got a good break on the first (goal). To cut that (deficit) in half going into the first intermission was a little boost.”

Patrik Laine tied the contest 2:24 into the second when he one-timed a Bryan Little feed on a 2-on-1 break past Gibson, beating him high blocker side to make it 2-2.

The goal was his 25th of the season.

Andrew Cogliano made it 3-2 15:48 into the second when he beat Hellebuyck with a sharp angle shot.

The Ducks veteran managed took a pass from Daniel Sprong from the corner as he shifted from behind the net, getting to the goal line before sliding the disc under Hellebuyck's left pad to score his 3rd goal of the season.

Ben Chiarot tied the game at 14:05 of the third period when he got a shot on net from the point and the puck was redirected on it's way to the goal.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

The game went to overtime.

Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler nearly ended the game and the Ducks losing streak early in overtime when he broke in alone on Hellebuyck and made his move, a backhand deke but Hellebuyck got his left pad on it.

"He made a hell of a save," said Fowler. "You know when I'm in tight like that I have to make a 100% sure I guess. It's not a position I find myself in very often but you know hat's off to him (Hellebuyck). He made an incredible save and that one's gonna sting a little bit."

Winnipeg Jets Coach Paul Maurice said Little's overtime tally didn't surprise him in the least.

"So much of what coaches appreciate from players. The nuances of playing off other people. And his role has changed here as Mark Scheifele has emerged as the player that goes with Blake Wheeler. Now he’s playing with two young guys that are absolutely learning the game. Whether that was Nik Ehlers, tonight it was Jack Roslovic, there’s lots to learn, lots to teach. And we still expect him to produce. So he’s made all the adjustments every night, so much of it is just sheer will and determination on his part, that you’re frustrated for him when he’s not getting some results around the net because he feels that pressure, he wants to perform. With Bryan I’ve never had the sense it was about his numbers, that he had a care about that. It was helping the team win, not letting the team down. So I think he had some frustration when there weren’t some points coming, because he felt it in that manner. But he just scores big goals now. He’s got the game-winners, he’s got his confidence back. I thought the Calgary game was probably the peak of the frustration for him because he had so many good seam-looks. But his answer to all of that was just work harder and eventually he was going to benefit."

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Saturday, 12 January 2019 03:33

Jets clip Wings by a 4-2 score

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor scored once and added a pair of assists to pace the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Friday night.

Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist for the Jets, who rebounded with a win after dropping a 3-2 decision to the Minnesota Wild Thursday night.

Brandon Tanev and Bryan Little also scored for Winnipeg.

Backup goaltender Laurent Broissot turned aside 33 shots to pick up the win for the Jets who moved to 28-14-2 on the season.

In fact, Brossoit has no losses in regulation in ten NHL starts this season.

But he hasn't let it get to his head.

"I’ve learned to deal with it and look at it in a different light. I try not to look at it in a statistical way. It’s cliché to say but I just focus each day by day."

Luke Glendening replied for the Wings, who lost their third straight game.

Jonathan Bernier took the loss for Detroit, turning aside 23 shots.

Brandon Tanev scored 13 seconds into the contest to give the Jets a 1-0 lead as he converted an Adam Lowry feed, beating Detroit goaltender Jonathan Bernier high glove side.

Matthieu Perreault bumped Wings defenceman Jonathan Ericsson off the puck in the corner before Lowry got a hold of the disc along the side boards before hitting Tanev with a backhand pass which the Jet forward took in the left skate before kicking the puck to his stick and snapping a shot past Bernier.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

Blake Wheeler scored with less than two seconds left in the first when Thomas Vanek deflected a hard pass from the Jet captain intended for Ben Chiarot who was driving the net past Bernier.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

Bryan Little made it 3-0 just under five minutes into the second period when he worked a give-and-go with Kyle Connor before firing a shot that Bernier only got a piece of at 4:51.

The goal was Little's third tally in his last four games and also marked a career milestone as he hit his 500th career point.

"Good. Went by fast. Trying to think of the years over my career and up to this point and it seemed like flew by. Hopefully, there’s many more to come," said Little of his milestone. "It was another one of those strange games where there was a lot of momentum shifts. We let off the gas a couple times in the second and they made a good push. It’s one of those games, it was back and forth and your lead never really felt safe."

Luke Glendening got Detroit on the board with a shorthanded tally just over the halfway mark of the second when he finished off a 2-on-1, hammering a puck past Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit blocker side to make it 3-1.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

Detroit pulled to within a goal at 6:50 of the third on the power play when Dennis Cholowski took a lateral pass from defenceman Niklas Kronwall and wired a high wrister past Brossoit, who was slow to move across with the puck.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Kyle Connor added an empty netter with just under a minute left in the third period to make it 4-2 Jets.

"You start the game and you're down 1-0 before you blink. That's a hard way you give away the goal basically," said Detroit Head Coach Jeff Blashill.

"You give up that goal and now you've given one up late (first period). So you've given one up in the first thirty seconds and one in the last ten seconds. It's a hard way to win when you're digging out from behind."

Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey said the win coming off a loss to Minnesota the night previous was needed.

"I thought it was kind of a gutsy performance. Probably not one for the entire 60 minutes that you'd use as your template at the start of the year. But, back-to-back in the NHL, obviously they didn't play last night, they were coming in here fresh. They're a fast team and I though we did a pretty good job of just kind of grinding through the game. We knew that there was going to be times where they'd get some long zone time, I guess, and some pressure on us for some points, especially in that second period. I thought we did a reasonable job of handling it, and got some big saves from (Brossoit) when we needed it. Any win in the NHL, we'll take it."

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 03:33

Jets topple Avalanche 7-4

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Blake Wheeler had a goal and three assists to pace the Winnipeg Jets to a 7-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night.

Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba each had a goal and an two assists for the Jets.

Matthieu Perreault, Kyle Connor, Bryan Little and Andrew Copp scored for Winnipeg, who won their second straight game.

Tyler Myers had a pair of assists.

Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves to pick up the win for the Jets (27-13-2). Winnipeg's special teams were key in the win, going 2-for-3 on the power play and netting a shorthanded marker with Blake Wheelers second period goal.

Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan Graves and Nathan MacKinnon scored for Colorado.

Carl Soderberg paced the Avalanche attack on the night, adding a goal and an assist.

Philipp Grubauer turned aside 14 shots for Colorado, who dropped to 20-15-8.

Winnipeg scored first just over three minutes into the opening period when Brandon Tanev sped through the neutral zone with the puck before crossing the blueline and sending Perreault in alone on Avs goaltender Philipp Grubauer before the Jet winger tucked the puck past him to make it 1-0.

With Tyson Jost off for interference Kyle Connor put the Jets up 2-0 when Blake Wheeler found him alone in front of Grubauer, hitting the winger with a heavy pass which he put off the post before shovelling his own rebound past the Colorado goaltender just inside the left post.

Gabriel Landeskog got Colorado on the board with a power play marker at 16:04, tipping a Tyson Barrie shot from the point past Connor Hellebuyck to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 26th of the season.

Blake Wheeler restored Winnipeg's two-goal cushion with a shorthanded goal 3:22 into the second period.

With Patrik Laine off for tripping, Mark Scheifele broke into the Colorado zone and hit Wheeler with a crisp pass in the high slot which the Jet captain one timed past Grubauer to make it 3-1 Jets.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Bryan Little scored on the power play 6:32 into the second when Tyler Myers spotted him alone just off the slot and sent a cross ice pass which Little took before pivoting and beating Grubauer with a high wrister to give Winnipeg a 4-1 lead.

Carl Soderberg cut the lead in half at 16:10 of the second when he streaked in alone on Hellebuyck and beat him blocker side with a forehand to make it 4-2.

The goal was his 12th of the season.

The Avalanche pulled to within a goal after a Ryan Graves took a clever pass from Mikko Rantanen off the end boards and popped out the other side of the net before sliding the puck past Hellebuyck to make it 4-3 at 17:43.

Andrew Copp made it 5-3 just under four minutes into the third when defenceman Tyler Myers just managed to keep the puck in the Avalanche zone at the blue line, getting a puck on net which Brendan Lemieux got a his stick on before the puck found it's way to Copp, who slid a backhand through Grubauer's pads to score his 3rd of the season at 3:59.

Mark Scheifele scored on a breakaway at 11:12 of the third to make it 6-3 Jets.

Blake Wheeler hit him with a breakaway pass in the neutral zone before Scheifele snagged his own rebound and bunted the puck past the Colorado goaltender to score his 23rd of the season.

With Grubauer pulled for an extra attacker Nathan MacKinnon scored at 16:24 to pull the Avalanche to within a pair of goals.

Jacob Trouba added an empty netter with 1:06 left in regulation to make it 7-4 Jets.

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Monday, 07 January 2019 01:36

Jets down Stars 5-1

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Josh Morrissey and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 26 shots as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Dallas Stars by a 5-1 score Sunday.

Adam Lowry, Kyle Connor and Tyler Myers also scored for Winnipeg, who returned to the win column after being shutout 4-0 in Pittsburgh Friday night.

Jacob Trouba had a pair of assists for Winnipeg.

Alex Radulov scored for Dallas.

Ben Bishop turned aside 25 shots for the Stars, who lost for the first time in regulation in their last six games.

After a scoreless first period Dallas scored the first goal of the game on the power play just under two minutes into the second.

With Adam Lowry off for goaltender interference had a point shot from John Klingberg go in off of his skate as he was screening Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck at at 1:56.

Lowry tied the contest a minute later after his initial shot was stopped after a nifty feed from the corner by Matthieu Perreault.

The Jet centreman snapped up the rebound before pivoting and beating Bishop high blocker side with a wrister to make it 1-1.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Tyler Myers scored on a wraparound late in the second to give the Jets the lead after taking a Patrik Laine feed before working his way around the back of the Dallas net before tucking the puck in behind Bishop to make it 2-1.

"I don’t know if I’ve ever had a wraparound. But got one tonight," said Myers. "Yeah, you never really think of it like that. But it’s always nice to get a little bit of room. When something like that happens, the best thing to do is get the puck to the net somehow. And good things happen." Kyle Connor gave the Jets a two-goal cushion 1:15 into the third, firing a wrister from the high slot past Bishop through a screen provided by a leaping Blake Wheeler to make it 3-1.

The goal was his 14th of the season and snapped a 10 game pointless streak for the Jet forward.

"Yeah, felt good. Nothing’s really changed too much from my game. I thought I was a little quicker tonight, played with lots of speed," said Connor. "I’m not going to sit back and be happy. It’s the same approach, I’m going to come to the rink every day with a sense of urgency and keep trying to improve."

Josh Morrissey added a shorthanded empty netter with 3:30 left in regulation to clinch the win for the Jets.

Bryan Little scored a power play marker with 17.3 seconds left in the third period to make it 5-1 Jets.

Stars Head Coach Jim Montgomery felt his club played a solid road game.

"I thought we played a good road game. They make one play more than us in the first two periods and then we block a shot and it goes right to Connor and he makes a great shot to make it 3-1. Then we're chasing the game. I liked the way we continued to compete, we had some chances but we weren't able to get close."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice echoed that sentiment.

"I didn’t think that it’s a 5-1 game; almost, if it makes any sense, I would have preferred it finished 2-1 or 3-1 because that’s what it felt like from the bench. Real good in the first, especially in our own end; lots of hard battles. They’re an excellent second-period team. They really tried to stretch the game; we lost our forecheck at that time and then came back to it for the 3-1 goal. A great example of back on the forecheck and back in the offensive zone."

Both teams are back in action on Tuesday with divisional games.

Dallas visits St. Louis while Winnipeg hosts Colorado.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Matt Bartkowski and Charlie Coyle scored and Devan Dubnyk stopped 26 shots as the Minnesota Wild downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 Saturday afternoon.

Eric Fehr also scored for Minnesota.

Zach Parise had a pair of assists for the Wild.

Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak with the win.

In fact, the game was a redemption of sorts for Dubnyk, who was pulled from three of his last thirteen starts incuding his last one on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks where he surrendered three goals on ten shots.

While it was a redemption for Minnesota the contest marked Winnipeg's second straight loss, something they have done only twice this season.

Patrik Laine scored for Winnipeg.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 22 shots for the Jets.

Matt Bartkowski gave Minnesota the lead 9:28 into the first period when the defenceman fired a puck through traffic to give the Wild a 1-0 lead.

Marcus Foligno pounced on a loose puck in the corner before feeding Bartkowski in the high slot.

Wild forward Eric Fehr cut across the slot, distracting Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck just long enough to let the disc sail past him.

Charlie Coyle made it 2-0 2:17 into the second when he managed to break in alone and lift a puck over Hellebuyck's blocker to make it 2-0 Wild.

Zach Parise hit Luke Kunin with a pass in the neutral zone before his shot banked off of Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba's hand and right to Coyle, who skated in and beat the Winnipeg goaltender with a short, high shot.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

There wasn't a lot of opportunity offensively for Winnipeg on the night.

“There's not a whole lot of room out there against these guys. They play a strong defensive game, so maybe we were trying to make cute plays through them and it wasn't working. But we had some chances there later in the third," said Matthieu Perreault. “We played better in the second and the third. We had our chances, just couldn't put them in.”

Their lone goal on the afternoon came on a third period power play.

With Nino Niederreiter off for holding, Blake Wheeler hit Laine with a cross ice feed which he one timed past Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 24th of the season and first point in five games.

Eric Fehr added an empty netter with 46.5 seconds left to seal the win for Minnesota.

"We were up to it you know. It was a big challenge," said Matt Hendricks. "The opponent over there (Jets) and playing in this building can be tough." "We dug in early. Dubie was sharp right away, all four lines were rolling, getting opportunities, getting shots, trying to put pressure on them all night."

"All the little things kind of came together. We were able to score some big goals at big times. It was a fun win," he added.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said his club wasn't functioning at their best.

"We were slow. We were slower with the puck than we were without it. So, that affects absolutely everything that you do. The question is ‘Why did the team come out slow?’ Well, I’ll look and say there was something wrong with the way I practiced them (Friday) and prepped them for the game because I did not expect – and nobody would have – a free-flowing game by any means or lots of offence to be had. That rarely happens when the two teams meet. But from our back end to our forwards we were so very slow. It was just our feet. And then everything for us good stems from that, and also good defensive play stems from that. Three two-on-ones in the first period. We were just very slow tonight. It’s not something you see at all often in the other games. I haven’t seen that, I just haven’t seen that in a long time."

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NOTES-Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien left the game with 10:26 remaining in the third period after a collision with Wild forward Luke Kunin along the end boards.

He left the game and did not return.

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Johnny Gaudreau fired three goals to pace the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night.

The hat trick was the fourth of his career.

Ironically his last three goal effort came against Winnipeg almost three years to the day in a 4-1 win.

But in typical Gaudreau fashion, he downplayed his efforts, choosing instead to credit his goaltender, David Rittich, who stopped 35 shots for the Flames, who snapped a three-game winless skid.

“Obviously it's a good stepping stone for us. Obviously a really good team. I think Ritter, Dave Rittich, played out of his mind tonight," he said. "He made some big saves and kept us in that game. It could have easily been 2-2, 3-3 there going late into the third. He played unbelievable tonight and got us that win." Both clubs were coming off their four-day holiday break.

Sean Monahan had three assists and Elias Lindholm had a pair.

Adam Lowry scored the Jets lone goal on the night, a second period tally.

Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves for Winnipeg.

There was no scoring in the first period.

Johnny Gaudreau got the Flames on the board just over a minute into the second period when Patrick Laine deflected his intended pass past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.

The game nearly took an ugly turn when Flames defenceman kneed Hellebuyck in the head on his way by the crease but the Jets goaltender was able to continue.

Adam Lowry tied the contest at 17:53, intercepting a breakout pass from Alan Quine who just passed Lowry the puck in the high slot before the recently returned centre snapped a 35 foot wrister past Flames goaltender David Rittich, beating him high short side to make it 1-1.

"No, I was kind of reading, they’d kind of been going weak-side all night, sometimes it’s a tough play, you spin on the wall and think it’s going to be there and you don’t expect the guy to be poaching. Fortunately I was able to pick one off and beat Rittich," said Lowry.

Johnny Gaudreau scored his second of the night at 18:47 of the second, out waiting Hellebuyck before sliding the disc past him with a backhand to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 18th of the season.

The Jets pushed hard for the tying goal, Patrik Laine came the closest, hitting a goalpost with just over five minutes left in regulation but were unable to tie the game.

Mark Jankowski fired an insurance goal with 4:21 to go to seal the win for Calgary, beating Hellebuyck with a high, glove side wrister.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Guadreau added an empty netter with 2:06 left in regulation to make it 4-1 Flames but left immediately after scoring as Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien slashed him on the arm.

“You know, it's part of hockey. I mean, it won't be the last time I'm slashed. Just kind of surprised, I had a foot or two on him so I didn't think I was going to get a stick to the arm, but I found the empty net and that's the way it goes," said Gaudreau.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler was succinct in his assessment of his club's effort on the night. "We’re not going to fool ourselves and pretend we played a great game and their goalie stole it. But he played well. They capitalized on their looks and we didn’t. But we’ve got another level," he said.

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Monday, 17 December 2018 03:09

Jets down Lightning 5-4 in Overtime

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Mark Scheifele fired the game winner 4:18 into overtime as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 Sunday night.

Scheifele scooped up a rebound off a Patrik Laine shot and fired it past Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, beating him with a low shot to give the Jets the win with 42 seconds left in overtime.

The goal was his 21st of the season.

The overtime win was their third in their last three games and extends their unbeaten streak to four games.

In fact Winnipeg has only one loss in their 11 games.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck made 42 saves for the Jets, who moved to 22-9-2 on the season and into first place in the Western Conference.

Matthieu Perreault and Brandon Tanev also scored for Winnipeg.

Dustin Byfuglien had a pair of assists for the Jets.

Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov scored for Lightning, who saw their 8 game winning streak snapped.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves for the Lightning, who dropped to 25-7-2.

Alex Killorn got Tampa Bay on the board first with a power play marker at 13:01. With Dustin Byfuglien off for slashing Brandon Tanev managed to clear the Winnipeg zone with a high backhander before Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevski got contorl of the puck and hit Ondrej Palat with a stretch pass at the Jets blue line.

Palat relayed the puck to a streaking Killorn who beat Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck with a backhand deke to make it 1-0 Tampa Bay.

Matthieu Perreault redirected a Tyler Myers shot from the top of the right circle at 19:43 when he poked the puck to Nikolaj Ehlers in the corner before getting to the front of the net in time to get his stick down.

Perreault has goals in his last four games.

Brandon Tanev gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead 8:36 into the second when he poked a loose puck sitting in the crease across the line to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

The lead didn't last long as Steven Stamkos replied for the Lightning at 9:13, one timing an Ondrej Palat feed from the corner past Hellebuyck to tie it at 2.

Stamkos was too tight to the net and backed off to the top of the circle before Palat fed him and he made no mistake, beating the Winnipeg goaltender with a slapshot blocker side.

The goal was his 16th of the season.

Tyler Johnson made it 3-2 Tampa Bay when he pulled the puck out of Jack Roslovic's skates in the slot before firing it through Hellebuyck's legs at 18:09.

The goal was his 14th of the season.

Nikolaj Ehlers tied it up just over a minute later when Mark Scheifele found him with a cross-ice feed which he hammered past Vasilevski at 19:19 after an extended forecheck by the Jets.

The goal was his 11th of the season.

With the assist Scheifele extended his point streak to five games, with four goals and eight assists in that span.

Nikita Kucherov gave the Lightning a 4-3 lead on the power play, one timing a Steven Stamkos feed past Hellebucyk from inside the left faceoff cirlce.

The goal was his 14th of the season.

Nikolaj Ehlers tied it up with 5:37 remaining in the third period, sprawling to get to a loose puck and firing it past Vasilevskiy to make it 4-4.

The game went to overtime.

Mark Scheifele won it for Winnipeg 4:18 into overtime, beating Vasilevskiy with a wrister off a rebound from a Patrik Laine shot.

The goal was reviewed for being offside before being allowe to stand.

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Friday, 14 December 2018 04:38

Jets edge Oilers 5-4 in OT

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Josh Morrissey scored 41 seconds into overtime as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 Thursday night.

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

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

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

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

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

Blake Wheeler had a pair of assists.

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

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

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

Connor McDavid had a pair of assists for Edmonton.

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

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

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The goal was his 5th of the season.

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

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

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

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

The goal was his 18th of the season.

The game went to overtime.

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

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

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said the game was unsusual.

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

SHOTS-EDMONTON 26 WINNIPEG 40

ATTENDANCE-15,321

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 03:26

Jets double up Blackhawks 6-3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dustin Byfuglien had three assists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The goal was his 13th of the season.

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

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

The goal was his 4th of the season.

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

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

The goal was his 4th of the season.

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

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

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

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

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

SHOTS-CHICAGO 35 WINNIPEG 34

ATTENDANCE-15,321

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

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