Preds edge Jets 1-0 Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Turris's first goal in over a calendar month proved to be the game winner as the Nashville Predators edged the Winnipeg Jets by a 1-0 score Sunday afternoon.

Turris finished off a textbook two-on-one, redirecting a Yakov Trenin feed off the rush past Connor Hellebuyck's outstretched glove to give the Predators the lead and ultimately the win.

Trenin read the play and intercepted a saucer pass from Jets forward Adam Lowry just outside the Winnipeg blue line before moving in and feeding Turris.

“I've been really impressed. He's (Turnin) just such a big, strong guy. He's fast. As he's getting more comfortable, I think he's reading the play and trying to make more plays now," said Turris.

The outcome was a direct result of overcoming droughts.

Nashville's Turris overcame his while the Jets did not, dropping their sixth straight home game, a streak which began December 17th after Carolina handed them a 6-3 defeat.

The Predators have won four straight road contests (21-16-7), while the Jets lost their second straight.

Jusse Saros made 28 saves for Nashville to earn the shutout, his first of the season.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 31 shots for Winnipeg, who dropped to 24-18-4.

Kyle Turris scored 11:56 into the first period to put Nashville up 1-0 when Yakov Trenin intercepted an Adam Lowry pass at the blueline before breaking in and feeding Turris, who redirected it past Connor Hellebuyck's outstreched glove.

The goal was Turris's first since December 3rd.

There was no scoring in the second period.

Winnipeg did have their chances to score.

The first was a first period breakaway just under six minutes into the contest when Tucker Poolman sent Andrew Copp in on a breakaway and was stymied by Jusse Saros.

“I really don’t think he (Saros) saw it to be honest. I think it just kind of hit him. Smaller goalie, I think he was challenging, had a lot of time. I just tried to put it over his shoulder. It just looked like it kind of hit him and he reacted after it hit him," said Copp.

“Well I mean he (Saros) stopped every one of them, so I don’t think we did enough, obviously. Yeah, I think we could have done better at getting more pucks to the point, honestly, we were holding on to a couple down there that we probably didn’t need to, and once we did we weren’t getting enough people in the lane and we weren’t getting enough shots there. An area of improvement for sure," he said.

Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers grazed a goal post off the rush with just under six minutes remaining in the third period.

"No I mean I think the first period coming off of a road trip, you know, is always a little sluggish," said Jets captain Blake Wheeler.

"You know, second period was better and the third was just you know we didn't kinda get the looks we were looking for." It was more of a stalemate, you know. They got one opportunity and they buried it."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said his club continues to give up the puck which is problematic.

“Well, we will look at our first period as the uneven period for us. You’re always concerned your first game back, first period back after a road trip, probably more so in the hockey that’s played on that trip, the style of game. It looked nothing like the game tonight except the first period. We turned it over an awful lot, the other team didn’t so we found ourselves chasing the game for the first 20 minutes. Connor (Hellebuyck) was really good. But then after that, back to what we do really well. It started with a little bit of physicality, which just wasn’t a part of our past four of five games, they were no hitters. We got back to bumping a little bit, got some zone time, and then we just weren’t effective enough in getting the puck to the net in chaos. They did a pretty good job getting in the shooting lane. Still, we were over 30 shot attempts from our blue line, around half of those probably got to the net, but then nothing off that. So he sees it and gets it to the corner, steers all the rebounds really well or he eats it, so there wasn’t the second-shot opportunity after some good zone time or some good work," he said.

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Philip Paul-Martin

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