Jets double up Blackhawks 6-3 Featured

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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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Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.