Monday, 19 March 2018 02:13

Jets down Stars 4-2

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Patrick Laine must mark games against the Dallas Stars on his calendar.

The fact is he scores a lot against them.

The rising star has 14 goals in 9 career games against Dallas and once again he enjoyed a good night against them, firing a pair of goals to pace the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-2 win over the Stars Sunday night.

"Yeah. I guess so. I think I’m just pretty lucky against Dallas. I don’t know why, but hopefully it’s not bad that we’re not playing against Dallas any more this season. There's a chance that we’re going to meet in the playoffs, so why not?”

The goals extended his point scoring streak to 15 games and is the longest active one in the NHL and adds to his record for longest point streak by a teenager in the league.

It includes 18 goals and 8 assists.

The pair also moved him into a tie with Alex Ovechkin in the race for the Rocket Richard trophy for the league's top goal scorer with 43, a fact he is aware of.

"No. Just look at the team standings. But it sounds good to me. Like I’ve said before, maybe a week ago, I don’t want to be tied. I want to take the solo lead and I’ll try to do that next game," said Laine.

Thursday, 15 March 2018 21:41

Jets down Blackhawks 6-2

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor scored twice to pace the the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night.

Bryan Little and Jack Roslovic each scored and added an assist for Winnipeg.

Paul Stastny, Joel Armia added singles for Winnipeg, who kicked off a six-game homestand with a win.

Jacob Trouba had a pair of assists for the Jets, his first game back after missing 20 games with injury.

Sunday, 04 March 2018 22:41

Wild edge Moose 4-3

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Zack Mitchell scored once and added an assist as the Iowa Wild edged the Manitoba Moose 4-3 Sunday afternoon.

Zach Palmquist, Pat Cannone,Ryan White and Zack Mitchell tallied for the Wild.

Carson Soucy had a pair of assists for Iowa, who moved to 27-17-8-4.

Saturday, 03 March 2018 03:46

Jets edge Wings 4-3

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Patrick Laine scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 30 shots as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 Friday night.

Laine scored his 32nd and 33rd goals of the year and extended his point scoring streak to seven games.

Winnipeg defencemen Ben Chiarot and Dustin Byfuglien added singles for the Jets, who improved to 38-17-9 on the season for 85 points, four back of the Central Divsion leading Nashville Predators who have 89.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 05:17

Preds edge Jets 6-5 in thrilling game

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Newly acquired Ryan Hartman wasn't supposed to be the story on this night in Winnipeg. That title was supposed to be bestowed upon Jets centre Paul Stastny, who debuted with his new team, the Winnipeg Jets on the same night.

Stastny did very well, potting a goal and adding an assist for Winnipeg on a night that had many hockey fans and pundits on the edge of their seats.

But Hartman had the last word on this night, potting the game winner with exactly one minute to go in regulation to send the masses of Winnipeg fans home disappointed as the Nashville Predators edged the Winnipeg Jets 6-5 Tuesday night. Hartman parked himself on one knee in front of the Winnipeg net and put his stick down as a target which Roman Josi hit from the top of the opposite circle to get the game winning tally.

"I didn't really have to do much for it you know. Josi put that right on my tape. You know I saw that seam, obviously he (Josi) saw that seam and I just pretty much put my knee on my stick there to make sure I didn't get lifted under my stick. But he (Josi) put that right on my tape."

Hartman arrived past midnight in Winnipeg from Chicago before viewing video most of the day, skating with his new teammates and having a nap before playing his first game for Nashville, who started their four-game road trip with a win that solidified their hold on first place in the Central Division as they went up four points on the second place Winnipeg Jets with 87 on the season.

"He was awesome. I mean in the first period I thought when we were trying to generate offence, I don't think we were bad but he looked like he knew the system. He looked like he had been playing it forever. Just with regard to the offensive zone and what we were trying to do," said Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette. "It's not an easy thing either. You walk into a locker room and you don't know anybody. He gets in at 12:30 last night, he doesn't know any of the systems. He's gotta sit down. He's got video in front of him all day, he's gotta try and get some rest and then to go out and play the game he did, he was terrific." Roman Josi also had a big night for the Predators with five assists in the game, counting in on five of the six goals the Predators scored on the night.

Though he knew he had five helpers he downplayed his role in the win which is a new Predators record for points in a single game.

"I did. I guess it was one of those nights where everything just goes in. Guess I got lucky tonight," said Josi afterward. "We knew before the game it's a huge game. We marked it as probably the most important game up to this point in the season."

“I thought we showed up. I thought we played really well in the first. I thought they were the better team in the second, but then we showed a lot of character in the third. It's just a huge win and a great way for us to start off the road trip.”

Craig Smith scored twice for Nashville.

Kyle Turris, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Johansen added singles.

Roman Josi had five assists for Nashville.

Pekka Rinne stopped 35 shots for the Predators, who moved to 39-14-9.

Mark Scheifele fired a pair of goals for Winnipeg, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

“We know we have a good team, we know we can play with any team in this league. Obviously tonight was a bit of a junky ending, but it’s something we can learn from. When you play against these teams as good as Nashville, there’s no quit in them. They play right to the buzzer. And they showed us that tonight.”

Matt Hendricks and Nikolaj Ehlers fired goals for the Jets, who dropped to 37-17-9.

Newly acquired centre Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist.

Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for Winnipeg.

There was no scoring in the first period.

Matt Hendricks got Winnipeg on the board 2:45 into the second period, converting a Joel Armia feed from the side boards past Pekka Rinne, beating the Nashville goaltender with a low shot to make it 1-0.

Craig Smith tied the game at 8:55 hammering a rebound off a Roman Josi shot past Connor Hellebuyck to make it 1-1.

Josi took control of the puck at the blue line before skating in on his off wing and managed to get a shot on goal before Smith, who was waiting wide to the right of the net, pocketed the rebound.

The goal was his 19th of the season.

Mark Scheifele gave the Jets a 2-1 lead at 12:41 after converting a Jack Roslovic pass while driving the net to score his 20th of the season.

With Scott Hartnell off for hooking the Jets took advantage as Mark Scheifele converted a three-way passing play by firing a puck past Rinne, beating him with a low shot to make it 3-1 Jets at 14:23.

The goal was his 21st of the season.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler extended his scoring streak to nine games with the second assist on Scheifele's goal with 4 goals and 11 assists in that span.

Newcomer Paul Stastny also recorded his first point as a Winnipeg Jet by hitting Scheifele with a pass.

The two-goal cushion didn't last long as Kyle Turris pounced on a rebound off a Viktor Arvidsson shot and snapped a wrister past Hellebuyck to make it 3-2.

The goal counted after it was challenged for being offside by Winnipeg.

The challenge proved costly for the Jets as Mattias Ekholm scored on the ensuing power play as Winnipeg was assessed a bench minor for the unsuccessful challenge of the play being offside.

Ekholm took a Calle Jarnkrok feed before moving in from his point position and firing a low wrister past Hellebuyck to tie the game at 3 at 17:06.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

Nikolaj Ehlers restored the Jets lead at 17:39 when he broke in on the right side and unleashed a high wrister from the faceoff dot, beating Rinne high blocker side to make it 4-3 Winnipeg.

The goal was his 25th of the season.

Paul Stastny scored at 10 minutes of the third period from the side of the net, sneaking a puck past Rinne on the short side off a pass from Nikolaj Ehlers to score his first goal as a Winnipeg Jet after being acquired at the trade deadline a day earlier from the St. Louis Blues.

Craig Smith fired his second goal of the night just under a minute later for Nashville as he took a pass from Kyle Turris and beat Hellebucyk with a low shot from inside the left faceoff circle at 10:55.

The goal was his 20th of the season.

Ryan Johansen tied the contest at 13:57, beating Hellebuyck with a blocker side shot after a turnover in the neutral zone.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

Ryan Hartman scored the game winner with a minute left in regulation to make it 6-5 Nashville.

“I don’t think it had anything to do with either of them (teams), said Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice. "It was last shot wins. I don’t think they got anymore quality offence in the third. In the first maybe, we had given up the most, but fairly even. I liked our second, I didn’t think we gave them a whole heck of a lot. We weren’t sitting back in the third.” "You know the response once we went down two goals to get it back right away I thought was really important. That put life back on the bench," said Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette. SHOTS-NASHVILLE 32 WINNIPEG 39


GAME NOTES-David Poile of the Nashville Predators tied the record for wins by an NHL general manager when the Nashville Predators defeated the Winnipeg Jets 6-5 on Tuesday.

Poile, who has been the GM of the Predators since their inaugural season in 1998-99, won his 1,319th game, tying Glen Sather for the most in NHL history.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 04:47

Kings Crown Jets 4-3

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Alec Martinez scored once and added an assist as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 Tuesday night.

The win was their third in a row.

The Jets had a three-game winning streak snapped and closed out a 10 game homestand with a 6-3-1 record.

“We’ve set a pretty high bar for ourselves at home. Would we have liked to go 7-2-1? Absolutely," said Jets captain Blake Wheeler. "Coming into it, I think we thought we’d have an opportunity to win. Just didn’t go our way tonight. I think our group is setting the bar high. It was OK. It didn’t kill us. It didn’t necessarily vault us to a spot that we were hoping to get too. There’s a lot of work to be done.”

Darcy Kuemper turned aside 30 shots for Los Angeles, who moved to 33-22-5.

“They (Jets) always come out flying here and we knew that. Our mindset was to work through it, defend well. I thought we did a good job in our own zone, and then after that we were able to establish our game and start getting on the forecheck and start dictating the way we wanted to play and we were able to take over the game," said Kuemper.

Dion Phaneuf, Torrey Mitchell and Dustin Brown added singles for the Kings.

Adrian Kempe had a pair of assists for Los Angeles.

The Kings went 2-5 with the man advantage on the night, their first two goals were scored on the power play.

Winnipeg went 2-5 on the power play.

Connor Hellebuyck made 28 stops for the Jets, who lost at home for only the 6th time this season (35-16-9).

Dustin Byfuglien and Patrick Laine scored for Winnipeg.

Blake Wheeler had a goal and assist in the contest and extended his scoring streak to 7 games with three goals and eight assists.

“They picked up their speed a little bit, some untimely penalties, penalty kill is kinda leaking oil right now. Just kind of wrong penalties at the wrong time, they capitalized, stole some momentum. Still 2-2 going into the third at home, I don’t think we hate that spot. Just weren’t able to get one early enough to go in the third," said Wheeler afterward.

Wheeler opened the scoring 5:46 into the first period, converting a Dustin Byfuglien feed past Kings goaltender Darcy Kuemper, receiving a pass at the top of the faceoff circle before moving in and wiring a high wrister, beating the Los Angeles netminder high glove side.

The goal was his 17th of the season.

Alec Martinez tied the contest 1:49 into the second period on the power play.

With Kyle Connor off for tripping, Martinez floated a shot from the left point through traffic which beat a screened Connor Hellebuyck.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

With Nic Petan off for slashing Dion Phaneuf fired a power play goal as he converted an Alec Martinez feed past Hellebucyk, blowing a slapshot through the Hellebuyck's pads at 17:05 of the second period.

The goal was his 6th of the season and 3rd since being traded to the Kings from the Ottawa Senators on February 13th.

Dustin Byfuglien tied the contest at 18:55 hammering a slapshot that was redirected off of Antze Kopitar's stick and past Kuemper to make it 2-2.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Torrey Mitchell put the Kings ahead at 6:18 of the third period, skating into a rebound from an Adrian Kempe shot before moving Hellebuyck to his left and beating the Winnipeg goaltender with a high shot to make it 3-2.

"Kempe (was) working in front and sort of popped it right back to me, wide open and had a little patience. It was good to score," said Mitchell. Dustin Brown scored at 15:54, converting a Tyler Toffoli feed from near the corner when the Toffoli found the former captain alone in front of the Winnipeg net. The goal was his 17th of the season.

Patrick Laine scored with 48.5 seconds left to pull Winnipeg to within a goal, hammering a slap shot past Kuemper, beating him glove side to make it 4-3. The goal was his 28th of the season and league leading 16th power play goal.

But that was as close as the Jets got on this night.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice felt his club didn't skate that well.

"I didn't find that to be a physical game at all. They were tired. The game turned on speed. The hits after two were 15-10. That's not a heavy game. We were slow. Slow with the puck. We've got to skate. We've got enough speed. We're touching the puck in our end of the ice – we've got to move faster. It's not just about skating, but move faster," he said.

Kings Head Coach John Stevens felt that his club turned a corner and was particularly impressed with his power play unit's performance, they went 2-for-5 on the night.

“Why are we calling them (Martinez and Phaneuf) the second unit?,” quipped Stevens about his club’s power play unit. “They were the first unit tonight. I thought they were terrific. They had a game plan they moved the puck quickly and they came up with a lot of loose pucks.”

“Dion’s been a good fit there. He wants to shoot the puck all the time. He’s always looking at the net. I think he’s got people going there because they know the puck’s gonna go there,” said Stevens.



NOTES-Kings forward Anze Kopitar got his 800th career point with his third period assist on Dustin Brown's goal.

Monday, 19 February 2018 22:36

Admirials sink Moose 3-2

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Frederick Gaudreau scored twice and Anders Lindback stopped 30 shots as the Milwaukee Admirals downed the Manitoba Moose 3-2 Monday afteroon.

The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Admirals and kept them within striking distance of the final playoff spot in the Central Division, three points back of the Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves who both have 60 points.

The loss leaves the Moose comfortably in ensconced in first place with 71 points, 8 points ahead of the second place Grand Rapids Griffins.

Trevor Murphy also scored for Milwaukee, who moved to 26-21-4-1.

Brendan Lemieux and Mike Sgarbossa scored for the Moose.

Jamie Phillips turned aside 23 shots for Manitoba, who dropped their 4th straight game.

Frederick Gaudreau got Milwaukee on the board early, 56 seconds into the opening period, taking advantage of a poorly played puck by Moose starting goaltender Jamie Phillips, who kicked a rebound right onto the stick of Gaudreau who was right on top of him at the edge of the crease.

The goal was his 12th of the season.

The Admirals went up 2-0 at 7:15 when Trevor Murphy slid a disc past Phillips with a low blocker side shot after taking a feed from Harry Zolnierczyk.

The goal as his 16th of the season.

Gaudreau got his second of the game at 15:37, pausing briefly after taking a pass from Harry Zolnierczyk before blowing a low shot past Phillips to make it 3-0 Milwaukee.

Brendan Lemieux got Manitoba on the board 6:32 into the second period off of a faceoff win.

Lemieux skated into the puck sitting behind the centre and stepped into a wrister beating Admirals goaltender Anders Lindback high glove side to make it 3-1.

The goal was his 13th of the season and ended a 170 minute goalless drought by the Moose.

Mike Sgarbossa pulled Manitoba to within a goal at 8:27 of the 3rd period, converting a Buddy Robinson pass from behind the Admiral net to make it 3-2.

The goal was his 13th of the season.



Monday, 19 February 2018 04:28

Jets pound Panthers 7-2

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Florida Panthers 5-2 Sunday night.

Matthieu Perreault had a goal and two assists for Winnipeg, who won for the third straight game and 6th time on their current ten game home stand (6-2-1).

The Jets have no trouble scoring, finding the back of the net 13 times in the last two games alone and five times in the third period on this night.

Currently Winnipeg sits atop the NHL's Central Division with 79 points, two ahead of the Nashville Predators.

Patrick Laine and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist for the Jets.

Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Scheifele added singles.

Blake Wheeler had three assists for Winnipeg, the Jet captain has 13 points his last nine contests and extended his point streak to five games.

In fact, Wheeler sits in 2nd overall in assists in the NHL with 51 helpers, trailing only Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek by three. Tyler Myers also had a pair of assists for Winnipeg.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 25 shots for the Jets, who moved to 35-15-9.

Denis Malgin and Alexander Barkov scored for Florida.

James Reimer made 27 saves for the Panthers, who dropped to 26-24-6.

Denis Malgin opened the scoring on the power play at 8:57 when he took a feed from Mike Matheson along the side boards before moving in and snapping a wrister past a screened Connor Hellebuyck, beating him high blocker side to make it 1-0 Florida.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

Kyle Connor tied the game at 12:06, just thirteen seconds into the Jets first power play of the game, hammering a cross-crease pass from Blake Wheeler past Florida goaltender James Reimer to make it 1-1.

Nikolaj Ehlers gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead 4:39 into the 2nd period, handcuffing Reimer with a shot that ended up in the Panther net.

Jets defenceman Tyler Myers rang the puck around the boards on a shoot-in as Ehlers fired the puck from the left side boards as he arrived. The shot gave Reimer trouble as he intially stopped it with his elbow but the disc arched up and bounced off of his back before ending up behind him in the Florida net.

The goal was Ehlers' 23rd of the season.

Alexander Barkov tied the game on the power play at 7:34, tipping a puck past Hellebuyck from right in front of the Winnipeg goal.

Evgeni Dadonov had initially knocked the puck out of the air from the high slot before Barkov got his stick on the disc on the way past.

The goal was his 20th of the season.

Mark Scheifele restored Winnipeg's one goal lead at 18:29 of the second period to make it 3-2. Wheeler got hold of the puck inside the faceoff circle before feeding Scheifele who fired a wrister past Reimer to score his 18th of the season.

Kyle Connor fired his second goal of the game 3:38 into the third period when Blake Wheeler fed him as he sped into the slot.

The goal was his 21st of the season.

Bryan Little made it 5-2 just over six minutes into the third, banking a backhand shot off of Florida defenceman Alexander Petrovic at 6:03.

Matthieu Perreault scored an insurance marker at 15:27 to make it 6-2, taking a feed from Jack Roslovic before moving in and firing a high wrister past Reimer to seal the win for the Jets.

Patrick Laine scored with 1:35 remainding to make it 7-2 Winnipeg.

The goal was his 27th of the season.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice was happy with the outcome of the game and had nothing but praise for his captain.

“Everybody else wants to play with him. He’s dynamic, with that speed. You don’t get to play off of Blake Wheeler. When he’s got the puck, sometimes there are (players) that can almost lead him to the outside and cover off where they are going with the puck, but if you’re not on him he’s taking it to the net. Because of that speed, that size, that strength he just draws people and they have to cover him off and it just makes for so much more open ice out there. He does a marvellous job of finding that hole. It’s unusual in that his passing quality almost gets higher the faster he is going. He makes that play at high-end speed and he’s very dangerous.”

Florida Head Coach Bob Boughner said he was pleased with his team's resolve until late in the second period when the wheels fell off the Panthers.

"We played a lot of back-to-backs but less than 24 hours with time change that's a little different. I think that that's tough. I said the back-to-back situation with the time change mean they (Jets) are sitting on here waiting," said Boughner.

"You know again I wasn't unhappy at 2-2 with 90 seconds to go in the second period even though we didn't have great legs I thought that we were managing the game okay. It got away from us in the third and that's when the back-to-back hurts I think. In the third period and that's when you're chasing and that’s when the brain starts going on you."

Both clubs are off until Tuesday when the Jets wrap up their ten-game home stand against the Los Angeles Kings while the Panthers visit Toronto.


Saturday, 17 February 2018 03:36

Jets trounce Avalanche 6-1

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Blake Wheeler scored twice and added an assist to pace the Winnipeg Jets as they dominated the Colorado Avalanche 6-1 Friday night.

The Jets captain snapped a 16 game scoring drought.

“With the amount of ice time I get, the guys I play with, the expectation would be that you’d score a goal once in a while. Sometimes it doesn’t happen. It’s a crazy game. I had 13 shots the last two games before this one, and one behind the goal line goes in. I don’t lose much sleep over it. Like I said, the expectation is you gotta produce given that opportunity. But I think we try to make an impact on the entire game. The goals, the assists, the plays. They’re going to come and go," said Wheeler.

Jets assistant captain Mark Scheifele continued his post-injury dominance with three assists for the Jets, who have won their last two games.

Scheifele has 7 points in 4 games since returning to the Jets lineup after missing 16 games with a shoulder injury.

Tyler Myers and Dustin Byfuglien each had a pair of assists for Winnipeg.

Patrick Laine had a goal and an assist.

Kyle Connor, Andrew Copp and Nikolaj Ehlers added singles for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves to pick up his 30th win of the season.

The Jets moved to 34-15-9 on the season, good enough for a share of 1st place in the NHL's Central Division with the Nashville Predators as both have 77 points.

Mikko Rantanen scored for the Avalanche.

Jonathan Bernier and Symon Varlamov combined to stop 22 shots for Colorado, who dropped to 31-22-4.

Blake Wheeler got Winnipeg on the board just over the halfway mark of the first period scoring off a fortunate bounce off of Colorado goaltender Jonathan Bernier's skate.

Mark Scheifele got the original shot on goal before Wheeler banked the puck in off of Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier's skate from the end boards when he attempted to center the puck at 10:09.

The goal was his 15th of the season and snapped a 16 game scoring drought for the Winnipeg captain.

The Jets scored three times in the middle frame to take control of the contest. Kyle Connor made it 2-0 10:49 into the second period taking a pass from Dustin Byfuglien from the right side boards before moving in and wiring a high wrister past Bernier beating him high glove side to score his 19th of the season.

Andrew Copp put the Jets up 3-0 with a shorthanded marker at 15:50 of the second period.

With Joel Armia off for slashing Mark Scheifele stole the puck off of Colorado's Mikko Rantenan along the boards in the Jets zone breaking in on a two-on-one with Copp before hitting him with a backhand saucer pass which Copp wired past Bernier off the goal post with a high shot.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

“After the goal, you saw a little relief on my face. There was one (chance) in the first and another in the second on that two-pad stack. So, it was good to get back on the board there and I could have had another one in the third period, it was just laying there (in the crease). I liked the line. We had a lot of good chances and (Scheifele) made a great pass on the one that I buried. I feel like this could be the start," said Copp

With Gabriel Bourque off for goaltender interference, Patrick Laine one timed a partner pass from Dustin Byfuglien past Bernier off a face off win from Mark Scheifele to put the Jets up 4-0 at 19:32 of the second period.

The goal was his 26th of the season.

Semyon Varlamov started the third period in goal for the Avalanche.

Nikolaj Ehlers put the Jets up 5-0 5:24 into the third period, tipping a Tyler Myers blast past Varlamov.

The goal was his 22nd of the season.

Blake Wheeler scored a power play marker at 7:54 of the third period, scooping a puck off of the side boards off of a shot from Patrick Laine before moving in and firing a high wrister past Varlamov.

Mikko Rantanen scored at 14:04 of the third, breaking wide to the left side boards in the Jets zone before stuffing the puck just inside the far post past Connor Hellebuyck's skate to score his 18th of the season.

Colorado Centre Colin Wilson said they didn't help themselves against the Jets.

"They played a great game. They outplayed us. But I think we gave them too many chances ourselves, turning pucks over, not getting pucks out. They took advantage," he said.

Avalanche Head Coach Jared Bednar said his club didn't have a whole lot going for them on this night.

"I didn't really love our first period and actually strangely enough I liked our second period better than our first and we gave up three goals. Some of the mistakes we made tonight you just can't have them."

"We win a faceoff on our power play and it ends up in the back of our net," he said.

"They (Jets) are where they are in the standings because they're a really good team. They're well rounded, deep team and they're even better at home," he added.

Winnipeg Head Coach Paul Maurice said he couldn't be happier to see his captain end his 16 game scoring drought.

“It’s nice to see a guy get a pay off he deserves. He’s earned big point nights on his effort alone. He’s had a bunch that haven’t gone for him and those guys do (need to score). He needs to score goals to keep that shooter’s confidence. He doesn’t change his game when he wasn’t scoring. He’s played so very well for a long time without putting a goal in the net and we were winning hockey games. It doesn’t affect his play. He’s not cheating the game. He’s not barking at guys to feed him the puck. He’s all about winning all the time, but you want that kind of guy to have a pay off, too.”



NOTES-Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier was hit in the head with a puck late in the second period.

He left and did not return and underwent the concussion protocol.

The Jets went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill on the night.

Winnipeg improves to 22-5-2 on home ice this season with the win.

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Tyler Myers scored the game winner in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets snapped a two-game home losing streak Tuesday night, besting the Washington Capitals 4-3.

Mark Scheifele dashed into the Capitals end with the puck before skating behind the before feeding Myers, who fired the disc past Brayden Holtby.

Scheifele had a strong game, firing a pair of goals and adding an assist to pace the Jets." (Myers) made a good play, beat the first guy, Ovie looked a little flat footed, so I thought I’d try him, and he’s a big dude so trying to get around him is tough, so looked to my right and saw (Myers) driving down the seam, great awareness by him," said Scheifele of the game winning goal.

His third period shorthanded tally stymied the Capitial's efforts to escape Winnipeg with two points.

“That was a lot of hard work, Wheels gets on the forecheck, makes sure Carlson doesn’t get a clean pass, I get on it, Frenchy gets on the puck, gets a shot, gets a little bit of a setup and from there I was happy to be the one putting it in," said Scheifele.

The Jets two third period goals set the Winnipeg fans on fire, something that Washington did a good job of keeping them out of the game.

"They're (Jets) a good team and you could see they got one and the crowd got into it. I feel like the last four or five years they're a pretty big momentum team and when they get rolling they find ways to score goals," said Capitals winger T.J Oshie. "We just gotta find a way to slow that pressure down a little bit."

"Nothing surprises us I don't think tonight. We know they're a good team and they showed it there those last couple of minutes," he added.

Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky and John Carlson had singles for the Capitals.

Brayden Holtby turned aside 40 shots for Washington, who moved to 33-17-6 on the season.

Mark Scheifele and Bryan Little scored for the Jets, who moved to 33-16-9 on the season.

Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for Winnipeg.

Mark Scheifele got Winnipeg on the board 14:41 into the contest when Washington defenceman Brooks Orpik deflected a Dustin Byfuglien pass right onto the stick of Mark Scheifele who shovelled a backhand into the open goal as Caps goaltender Brayden Holtby had slid too far across his crease.

The goal was his 16th of the season.

Niklas Backstrom evened the contest at 19:37 when the Jets couldn't clear the puck out of their own end late in the period.

Tom Wilson emerged from a scrum of players with the puck, skating across the zone before sliding the puck back to Alex Ovechkin who managed to get a shot on goal while Backstrom pounced on the rebound before calmly depositing the disc past Hellebucyk.

Andre Burakovsky put the Captials ahead at 11:22 of the second period, pocketing the rebound off a Lars Eller shot past Hellebucyk to give Washington a 2-1 lead.

Eller got control of the puck in his own end and skated it into the Jets end before cutting to the center of the ice to take the shot.

Hellebucyk kicked the rebound out to a charging Burakovsky, who fired a low shot past the Winnipeg goaltender.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

John Carlson gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead just over seven minutes into the third period, converting a Evgeny Kuznetsov feed past Hellebucyk, parking the disc just under the crossbar. The goal was his 10th of the season. Bryan Little pulled Winnipeg to within a goal at 11:30, working a give and go with Jack Roslovic before firing the return pass past Holtby to make it 3-2, beating the Capitals netminder with a low shot to score his 12th of the season.

“It was a bit of a roller-coaster ride. The first half of the game, we looked a bit like we did the last two games. We were a bit slow and just didn’t have the energy you need to play in the other team’s end and get chances. I feel like we came out in the third with some new life, some new energy. We had some shifts in their end and we started to get into it, the crowd got into it and we were just feeding off the energy of the building. You could tell the bench was getting excited and you could feel the momentum changing," said Little.

Mark Scheifele tied the game with just over 14 seconds left in the third period to send the game to overtime.

“We got to a real good emotional level in that game, kind of built to it. We needed a game like that, where you just didn’t take it, you fought back and had a good result on that. So the emotional part was good. The guys that made it happen were the guys that were driving all night. So they get some payback for that too,” said Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice of his club snapping their two-game home losing streak. "Well you know it's a hard lesson to learn," said Washington Head Coach Barry Trotz. "I thought in this building, this is a pretty hostile building. For 54 minutes we played a really good road game. Obviously they scored the second goal and the crowd got into it and we got on our heels a little bit."

"It's a tough way to lose points, we should have sealed the deal," he added.

Washington continues a four game road trip on Thursday in Minnesota.

Winnipeg hosts Colorado Friday.


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