The Jets are thankful that he did as Roslovic fired three power play goals and added an assist to pace the Winnipeg Jets to a 9-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night.
"Yeah. Went off the ice there in the early morning skate but I guess I toughed it out. I guess things like that happen," said Roslovic. "When I got into warmup I felt I pretty good. I warmed it up pretty good in the gym, so it was ready to go."
"Felt good. I’m not a big goal scorer so I haven’t had a hat trick in a while. And to get one in the NHL [was] pretty nice," he added.
All in all it was an epic night for the Jets, who set two franchise records, one for most goals in a period and the other for most goals at home in a single game.
Other numbers are adding up for Winnipeg as well.
The one-sided win over the Ducks was their was their 3rd in a row and 7th straight win on home ice.
Bryan Little scored twice and had an assist.
Andrew Copp had a goal and an assist.
Blake Wheeler and Brendan Lemieux also scored for Winnipeg.
Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 26 shots to pick up the win for the Jets, who won their third straight.
Nick Ritchie, Daniel Sprong and Devin Shore scored for the Ducks.
John Gibson and Chad Johnson combined to stop 22 shots for Anaheim.
Andrew Copp scored 2:07 into the contest, pulling the puck out of the skates of Ducks goaltender John Gibson following a Mason Appleton shot before scoring.
Jack Roslovic scored on the power play at 5:26 on a breakaway, when Jacob Trouba hit him with a stretch pass right at the Anaheim blue line before he broke in and beat him with a high shot.
Blake Wheeler gave Winnipeg a three-goal lead at 12:04, scoring his 10th goal of the season off a backhand deke.
Bryan Little converted a Dimitri Kulikov feed on a 2-on-1 at 15:18 to make it 4-0.
Roslovic scored his second power play marker of the game at 16:33 when Matthieu Perreault moved deep into the Ducks zone before hitting him with a pass at the top of the left circle before beating Gibson with a wrister just inside the left post.
Brendan Lemieux scored on a wraparound late in the first, which chased Gibson from the game as Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle pulled him in favor of Chad Johnson.
Nick Ritchie scored 1:32 into the second to breathe some life into a hapless Ducks squad, who were coming off a nine-day break.
. Daniel Sprong also found the net for the Ducks in the second period, beating Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck on a rush, depositing the puck past him off the left post after he left Jets defenceman Joe Morrow in his wake.
The goal was his 9th of the season.
With Daniel Sprong off for interference Roslovic completed the hat trick with 21 seconds left in the second period, one timing Bryan Little's feed past Johnson to make it 8-2 Jets.
The goal was his 7th of the season.
Bryan Little scored just under a minute into the third to make it 9-2 Winnipeg.
Devin Shore redirected a Jakob Silfverberg shot past Hellebuyck at 12:17 to score Anaheim's third goal.
The Jets power play went 3-for-4 on the night, something that wasn't lost on Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice.
He says having a solid second unit works to his club's advantage.
"More goals. It means more goals. Kind of the history of this year is that Mark [Scheifele’s] unit gets so incredibly hot in that stretch in November and December. I think they ran 47 percent on five games and then after that, went a long stretch where their zone time was way off the charts. They were almost running two minutes at a time. We saw a piece of it tonight. And then it gets to a point where it’s going to bottom out, and that’s just the cycle of a power play. We’ve got good players for another unit, so having that means we’ve got a chance to win games when the inevitable cycle of each line five-on-five or each power-play unit, there’s going to be an ebb and flow and when one isn’t going, the other one can heat up and you can win more games."
Ducks Head Coach Randy Carlyle said his team just didn't compete.
"Well obviously the break had something to do with our sluggishness in the game and they jumped on us. We were way, way to loose in front of our net and giving them opportunities to go one-on-one with our goaltender and really hanging our goaltender out high and dry." "You know they just got multiple chances and scored too many goals from a critical area. The other issue is we looked slow to step to get inside of people and we didn't compete for the puck in a lot of areas. They won more puck battles and they were hungrier than we were to start the hockey game."
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