Jets pluck Ducks 4-3 in OT Featured

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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."



Last modified on Monday, 14 January 2019 02:56
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.