Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Jayden Schwartz knocked a puck out of mid-air and past Connor Hellebuyck to score the game winner with 15 seconds left in regulation to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win and a 3-2 series lead over the Winnipeg Jets.

Alex Steen won a battle for the puck along the end boards and got it to Tyler Bozak who fired a centering pass which Schwartz hit past a shocked Connor Hellebuyck, who could only manage to get a piece of before the mesh bulged.

"I think their line (forwards) and their D were a little bit tired from the lines before," he said. "Just a good grinding shift, we kept the puck below the goal (line) and ended up winning it back a couple of times. We were kinda relentless on the puck."

"(Tyler Bozak) came on, he was fresh, and probably knew there wasn't much time left so he just threw (the puck) on net and I kind of got lucky, it just hit my stick," said Schwartz of his tally, which put St. Louis within a win of advancing to the Western Conference Semi-Finals.

The goal capped a three goal comeback by the Blues, who scored all of their goals in the third period after trailing 2-0 after two periods.

Ryan O'Reilly and Brayden Schenn also scored for St. Louis.

Jordan Binnington turned aside 29 shots.

Adam Lowry and Kevin Hayes scored for Winnipeg.

Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets.

Adam Lowry gave the Jets the lead 12 seconds into the contest when he lifted a rebound off a Brandon Tanev shot from the corner past Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington to make it 1-0.

Kevin Hayes made it 2-0 13:56 into the first when he took a pass from Dustin Byfuglien before driving the net on his off wing and stuffed his own rebound through Binnington's pads.

The goal was his 2nd of the playoffs.

The Jets centreman, acquired at the NHL trade dealine, had a strong second period, narrowly missing giving the Jets a 3-0 lead 12:52 into the period when his second effort to poke the puck past the goal line actually sent it in the other direction.

"The puck went through his legs, Parayko lifted my stick and my stick came down and hit it out," said Hayes.

"We had a pretty good second half of the game and I thought our best period was the third. They scored three goals," he said.

“We’ve been down before and I’m sure the guys will come back and regroup, watch some film and be ready for Game 6," added Hayes.

There was no scoring in the second period.

St. Louis got on the board 1:29 into the third period when Ryan O'Reilly snapped the disc past Hellebuyck off a rebound from a Brayden Schenn shot.

The goal was his 2nd of the playoffs.

Brayden Schenn tied the game on a controversial goal at 13:52 when he buried a backhander past Hellebuyck as the net was knocked off it's moorings.

Oskar Sundqvist hit Schenn with the pass but was knocked into the net by Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien as the puck was entering the goal.

Officials ruled the net was knocked off by a Jet player.

The goal was his first of the playoffs.

Blues Head Coach Craig Berube credited Sundqvist with getting the inside track on Byfuglien.

"He did a great job driving to the net, took the puck wide. He’s been a real good player for us for the whole season. Playing wing, middle, doesn’t matter. He does a great job for us killing penalties. He played against Scheifele’s line all night, thought he did a great job.”

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said the game was like it has been for the entire series, tight.

"There’s too much good action. So it’s almost been a low event series, not a tremendous number of shots, there’s not 45 shots. But everything is dangerous. There’s going to be chances that you’re shaking the head at, Kevin Hayes alone had a hat trick on his stick. There’s going to be a bunch of those. It’s tight. It’s going to be one more save at the end."

Blues defenceman Alex Pietrangelo said the series has made little sense with the home team yet to win a game.

"You don't see that too often right? You don't see the road team win all the games but, again, we've got to go home and we played better in Game 4 there so we've got to build off that," he said.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler was succinct in his assessment of the game.

"No different than being down 0-2. Happens all the time, man. Gotta win a hockey game. Won almost a hundred of them the last two years. So we're confident we can do that," he said.

Game 6 is Saturday night in St. Louis.



Blues take down Jets 4-3

Saturday, 13 April 2019 05:53 Written by
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Ryan O'Reilly fired the game winning goal 3:46 into the third period as the St. Louis Blues edged the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 and gave themselves a 2-0 series lead in the process.

Jay Bouwmeester hit O'Reilly with a stretch pass five feet inside the St. Louis zone.

The Blues centreman skated across the blue line and waited until he hit the top of the right faceoff circle before using Jet defenceman Ben Chiarot as a screen and snapping a wrister past a shocked Connor Hellebuyck, beating him with high blocker side.

"It was actually a great pass by Bo (Bouwmeester)," said O'Reilly. "I kinda put me in a good spot and I'm just trying to get it through on the net and it was obviously a big play," he added.

In fact, the goal was his first NHL playoff tally since he played for the Colorado Avalanche in 2014.

But timely scoring isn't what has allowed the Blues to take control of the series said O'Reilly.

"You know you look at our first periods both games aren't that great, they've dominated us but we've defended well and you know we're finding ways to earn them. We're trying to keep them to the outside as best we can and guys are playing for each other," said O'Reilly. Oscaar Sundqvist scored twice for the Blues and Patrick Maroon scored his first of the playoffs.

Jordan Binnington stopped 26 shots for St. Louis, who return home to host the Jets on Sunday.

Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist for the Jets.

Patrik Laine also scored for Winnipeg.

Connor Hellebuyck took the loss for the Jets, turning aside 28 shots.

Oscaar Sundqvist scored twice and Pat Maroon added a single for the Blues.

Sundqvist opened the scoring 5:23 into the opening period, firing a wrister past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, beating the Winnipeg netminder blocker side.

The goal was his first of the playoffs.

Winnipeg got themselves in penalty trouble early on when Andrew Copp cross checked Ryan O'Reilly into the end boards putting the Jets down two men at 9:41.

Blake Wheeler tied the contest at 12:01, converting a Mark Scheifele feed from behind the net to make it 1-1.

Scheifele took control of the disc behind the St. Louis goal before spotting Wheeler, who managed to sneak into the slot undetected from the top of the left faceoff circle and hit him with a nifty pass which he promptly snapped past Binnington, beating the St. Louis netminder high glove side.

The goal was his first of the playoffs.

The Jet captain, who finished with an assist as well, wasn't mincing words afterward.

"Maybe, but it doesn't matter. At this time of year you gotta get results. So, go to St. Louis and take care of business," he said. Patrik Laine scored 19 seconds into a power play early in the second period to give the Jets a 2-1 lead at 2:39.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler took control of the puck along the blue line before moving down to the top of the circle and hitting Laine with a cross ice pass which the Jet winger hammered past Binnington score his second of the playoffs.

Pat Maroon tied the game 6:42 into the second after a dominant push by the Jets which saw them generate several scoring chances.

The St. Louis winger followed the puck to the net and was rewarded when he jammed a puck past Hellebuyck.

Oskar Sundqvist scored his second of the contest at 9:50, taking a David Perron feed before beating Hellebuyck with a low wrister from the hash marks just inside the right post to make it 3-2.

Mark Scheifele tied the game with just over a minute left in the second with a power play marker when he snapped a Kyle Connor feed past Binnington, beating the St. Louis goaltender high blocker side at 18:55.

The goal was his first of the post-season.

Ryan O'Reilly made it 4-3 St. Louis when he beat Hellebuyck through a screen 3:46 into the third.

Hellebuyck, who was beat clean on the play, said the Jets are going to stick with the game plan.

"We're right there. Everyone's working hard, and our details are right. We're right there. It's only a matter of time," he said.

"I just need to continue battling. Keep fighting, and show everyone that I'm going to be the rock behind them," he added.

St. Louis Head Coach Craig Berube said he's not letting a 2-0 series lead affect his outlook.

"Both games we got everybody pretty dialed in. They're playing hard for each other and doing all the little things. Finding a way to get some goals and you know, it's a battle though. I mean both games, they're tight. It's good hockey. It's tight hockey. It's pretty even." "They are going to give us their best game, game three at home. And there's no reason to get too high. You've got to stay ready and you gotta play even better than we've played," said Berube.



Blues take Game 1 edge Jets 2-1

Thursday, 11 April 2019 04:04 Written by
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Tyler Bozak fired the game winning goal with 2:05 left in the third period to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 win and early series lead over the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday night. Patrick Maroon fought off a trio of Jets in the corner before emerging with the puck and feeding Bozak in the slot, who snapped a high shot past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, beating him high blocker side to clinch the game for St. Louis.

The goal was his first of the playoffs.

"Yeah, I mean it's the most fun. It's why we play, is for the playoffs," said Bozak.

"Obviously an exciting building. The crowd was awesome. Obviously we were nervous at the start, but I thought we found our game as the game went on. I thought everyone did a great job," he added.

David Perron, who scored the other St. Louis goal on the night, said told Bozak he wasn't going to miss another scoring chance.

Bozak was stymied by Hellebuyck with about seven minutes left in the third after being setup by teammate Zach Sanford.

"It's funny, I told Bozie right before his shift, I said, 'You're not going to miss again,' because he missed two chances before that. I said, 'You're not going to miss three times,' and he buried that one high blocker, I think, so that was awesome for us."

Perron's tally, just over four minutes into the third tied the contest at one.

Jordan Binnington turned aside 24 shots for St. Louis.

Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for Winnipeg.

Patrik Laine's goal scored 13:28 into the opening period of the series was the lone goal for the Jets on this night.

Bryan Little scooped up a puck to the right of St. Louis goaltender Jordan Bennington before hitting Laine in the high slot.

The 21 year-old Finn wired a wrister past him to score his first goal of the playoffs.

"We had a pretty solid game. We lost their guys in the third a couple of times and they got some good chances. They were able to score two, but overall, for two periods we played some good hockey. It’s a frustrating loss, but we’ve got to focus on Game 2," said Laine.

There was no scoring in the second period.

The Blues pushed back early in the frame but Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was equal to the task, stopping Vladimir Tarasenko on a breakaway at 4:45.

Dustin Byfuglien came close to giving the Jets a lead on the power play late in the period when hit a goalpost with 1:20 left on a slapshot from the point.

Patrik Laine nearly made it 3-1 early in the third when he hit the goalpost off a wrist shot.

St. Louis tied the contest 4:05 into the third period when David Perron took a backhand pass from Colton Parayko before beating Hellebuyck through a screen with a nearly 60 foot wrister to make it 1-1.

Mark Scheifele nearly tied the contest with 12.4 seconds left with an extra attacker on a one timer but Bennington kicked out his right pad before lying on the puck to snuff out the Jets scoring chance.

"They (Jets) were moving the puck around. It went down to Scheifele and I had to make a little bit of a desperation save there and hope for the best, with the boys coming and clearing out the rebound. That's all I remember. And we're happy with that win," said Binnington.

Blues Head Coach Claude Berube was pleased with the win and said he wasn't surprised by the way it was played.

"They just stayed with it. I thought … we kind of had the same game plan all 60 minutes tonight. I thought that we were pretty solid. You know, both ways, they were good, too. They gave us some trouble. Laine hit the post there the one time, but overall, we were pretty solid all 60 minutes and played our game. Power play was just OK, could have got a few more looks there, but they did a good job killing. It was a hard game, just as we expected."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice's take on the game was simple.

"PK was real good. It was good playoff hockey. It wasn’t an open game, and none of them are going to be. It’s not breaking loose in this series. It’s going to look almost like that right through. Just take one or two of their chances away from them a night, the ones you think you can clean up, and then make good on yours."



Game 2 goes Friday in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Jeff Petry's late second period tally proved to be the game winner as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-1 score to remain in the playoff picture.

Jordan Weal had a goal an assist for the Canadiens, who moved to 42-29-8 on the season.

Joel Armia and Jeff Petry also scored for Montreal.

Carey Price picked up the win for the Canadiens turning aside 23 shots.

Matthieu Perreault scored Winnipeg's lone goal.

The Jets dropped their third straight game to round out their regular season home schedule.

Winnipeg remains atop the NHL's Central division with 94 points but has company atop the standings.

Nashville also has 94 points and the St. Louis Blues have pulled to within two points of both of them with 92 points.

The Jets finish off the NHL regular season with a four game road trip beginning Monday in Chicago.

Montreal is fighting to get a playoff spot as they currently 9th in the NHL's Eastern Conference with 92 points, tied with the Colombus Blue Jackets, who hold down the playoff spot on goal differential.

Montreal's schedule doesn't get any easier either.

They play Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Connor Hellebuyck took the loss for Winnipeg, stopping 41 shots.

Montreal scored eight seconds into the first power play of the contest when Joel Armia snapped a shot past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to complete a neatly executed three-way passing play at 17:05.

Jordan Weal got the puck at the top of the right faceoff circle before hitting Phillip Danault with a crisp pass at the side of the net.

Danault relayed the disc to Armia in the slot, who snapped a wrister past Hellebyck to score his 12th of the season.

The Jets failed to generate much offence in the contest but Kevin Hayes came close to scoring late in the second when Patrik Laine fed him a beautiful pass off a rush which the Jet centreman snapped past Carey Price but ended up grazing the right goalpost with.

The miss proved costly as the Canadiens scored shortly thereafter when Jeff Petry put the Canadiens ahead 2-0 at 19:23, blasting a slap shot from the left point that went in off of Jets defenceman Nathan Beaulieu's leg past a screened Hellebuyck.

The goal was his 13th of the season.

Matthieu Perreault got the Jets on the board 11:24 into the third period, pouncing on a Jack Roslovic feed in the slot before pivoting and firing the disc past Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.

The goal was 15th of the season.

Jordan Weal added an empty netter with 15 seconds left in regulation to make it 3-1 Montreal.

"That was a full sixty minute effort," said Weal. "We kind of saw by the shot count throughout the game. Limiting their zone time and creating a lot for ourselves.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler said things are tight at this point of the season.

"Well, we’re trying to win a Central Division," he said. "You know, it might come as a surprise but those guys get paid too, they’re NHL players. So as bad as we want to blow everyone out of our building and beat them 5-0, it’s not reality sometimes. You know, it's not easy for us right now. Facing some adversity right now. We're going to be a better team once we get through it."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said there wasn't a lot to like about the game.

“We didn’t like our game. So many of the important things that are important to us that we need to do to function as a team – our gap (was) way off. Lots of ice for them, especially early in the first period and through the second, they came through our neutral zone so very easily. Which would be the opposite of the way that we like to play. We had very little sustained play in the offensive zone. And we’re there, we’re at the puck, but we don’t get it and it’s coming back the other way. We had a hard time getting contain and getting stops and doing what we do well with our movement. Early on especially, a bunch of the pucks we put at the net, we were a long ways from being net front on that. We got better in parts as the game went on, but it was a game that doesn’t look like the style of game that we like to play.”

Canadiens Head Coach Claude Julien said his club did what they had to do.

“I thought right from the get-go we were prepared and made good, solid passes, good decisions. Our defensive game was really good. Our (defencemen) were doing a great job of really having a tight gap and forcing them not to come in easily on the rush."

“I thought we forced them to dump a lot of pucks. Our goaltender is like our third. I thought he did a great job at moving the pucks tonight.”



Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Jordan Eberele fired the game winning goal with 1:13 left in regulation as the New York Islanders edged the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 Thursday night.

Eberle scored twice in the third period to pace the Islander attack as they fired three goals in the final frame to steal the contest.

Eberle finished with two goals and an assist.

Matthew Barzal and Anders Lee had a goal and an assist for New York.

Casey Cizikas also scored for the Islanders.

Ryan Pulock had three assists for New York.

Robin Lehner picked up the win for the Islanders (45-26-7) turning aside 33 shots.

Adam Lowry and Brandon Tanev each had three point nights for the Jets, Lowry scored twice and added an assist while Tanev had a goal and two helpers.

Jacob Trouba had a pair of assists for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 39 shots for Winnipeg, who dropped to 45-28-4 on the season.

The Jets scored 13 seconds into the contest when Brandon Tanev attempted a wraparound and Adam Lowry had the puck go in off of his right skate.

Lowry scored again at 6:11, tipping a Jacob Trouba shot past Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner.

Brandon Tanev had control of the puck and turned hard toward the right side boards before hitting Trouba with a pass which the Jet defenceman one timed toward the net before Lowry got his stick on it.

Matthew Barzal got New York on the board at 10:19 after Mark Scheifele turned the puck over in the netural zone by passing the puck to the side boards.

Jordan Eberle took full advantage by scooping up the disc before hitting a streaking Barzal on his way to the net.

The Islander centre picked the far corner to snap a 19 game scoring drought and score his 18th of the season.

Brandon Tanev restored the two goal lead at 3:46 of the second period when he fired a puck through a screen, beating Lehner high glove side to make it 3-1.

The goal was his 14th of the season.

With New York enjoying a two-man advantage, Anders Lee tipped in a Ryan Pulock blast past Hellebucyk at 6:06 to pull the Islanders to within one.

The goal was his 28th of the season.

With Anders Lee off for slashing Mark Scheifele tipped a Jacob Trouba slap shot past Lehner at 6:46 to make it 4-2 Jets.

Blake Wheeler fed Trouba at the point before the Jet defenceman one timed it at the net before Scheifele redirected it in the slot.

The goal was his 36th of the season.

Jordan Eberle replied just over a minute later when he knocked a puck past Hellebuyck at 7:49 to pull the Islanders to within a goal.

The goal was his 16th of the season.

Casey Cizikas scored with 1:46 left in regulation to tie the contest at 4.

The goal was his 20th of the season.

Both teams are in action Saturday as New York hosts Buffalo and Winnipeg faces Montreal at home.



Stars ground Jets by 5-2 score

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 02:41 Written by
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Tyler Seguin and Radek Faksa each scored twice and Ben Bishop made 21 saves to pick up his 200th career win as the Dallas Stars grounded the Winnipeg Jets by a 5-2 score Monday night.

The Stars fired three second period goals in under five minutes to take control of the contest.

"We had lots of chances in the first period and we didn't score," said Faksa. "But our team showed lots of heart. We played the same game in the second period and we get rewarded and we score three goals in the second period.”

Esa Lindell also scored for Dallas, who kicked off a four-game road trip with a win to move to 39-31-6.

Alexander Radulov had a pair of assists for the Stars.

The Jets dropped to 45-27-4 but held onto first place in the NHL's Central division with a slim two point lead over Nashville, who beat the Minnesota Wild Monday night.

Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine scored for Winnipeg.

Connor Hellebuyck made 32 stops for the Jets, who are now 1-1 on their four game homestand, their final one of the season.

There was no scoring in the first period.

Esa Lindell got Dallas on the board 10:27 into the second period, snapping a wrister through a screened Connor Hellebuyck to make it 1-0.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

Radek Faksa made it 2-0 just under two minutes later when he was sent in alone by Blake Comeau and fired a wrister past Hellebuyck, beating him low glove side at 12:23.

The goal was his 14th of the season.

Tyler Seguin scored on a two-man advantage to make it 3-0 at 15:16 when Jamie Benn threaded the needle and hit him with a cross slot pass from the side of the net.

Seguin snapped a wrister past Hellebuyck from the left faceoff dot to score his 30th of the season.

Seguin scored at 10:34 of the third period after Miro Heiskanen skated into the slot before feeding Seguin at the side of the goal.

The Dallas forward kicked the puck from his skate to his stick before beating Hellebuyck just under the crossbar to make it 4-0.

Kyle Connor got the Jets on the board at 11:03, converting a nifty Kevin Hayes feed to make it 4-1.

The goal was his 33rd of the season.

With Radek Faksa off for high sticking, Patrik Laine fired a power play goal, one timing a Jacob Trouba from inside thean right faceoff circle feed past Bishop to make it 4-2 at 15:10.

The goal was his 30th of the season.

Laine joins Gretzky, Dale Hawerchuk and Jimmy Carson as the only NHL players to score 30 goals before the age of 21.

But he wasn't celebrating that factoid after the game.

“Well, right now nothing really," said Laine.

"It doesn’t make me happy right now after that kind of game. But obviously it’s a pretty good accomplishment for me, just a guy from Finland who was dreaming about being in the NHL and now scored 30 goals three times right away so I gotta be proud of myself but the work is just beginning."

Jets captain Blake Wheeler said Dallas played a tough defensive game.

“There is certainly a style of play that factors in. Nashville plays that style of game, Dallas is one of the better defending teams in the league. They suffocate the life out of you and they have a pretty good goalie back there, too. So when you get a chance, you have to take advantage of it. If you’re giving up four against that team, it’s going to be tough. That’s kind of where it stood tonight and we just didn’t quite do enough of what the game demanded to get the job done.”

Stars veteran Andrew Cogliano said they didn't see the Winnipeg Jets best game.

“I thought we played a really good game. All four lines were going early. We played a perfect road game. I thought we just deserved to win. We came in and we were determined to win tonight." "I don't think that was their (Jets) best game. I know they're a lot better team probably than what they showed tonight, but I think credit to us. I thought we played a good, hard game and were tough to play against," he said

Dallas Head Coach Jim Montgomery was pleased with the result but moreso with his team's performance on the road this season.

"You're happy to be able to beat the Winnipeg Jets. I mean it's an elite hockey team in this league and one of the top teams in the league. More importantly for us a goal for us this year was to be a better road team and to also be better within our division and we've accomplished that this year."



Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor fired his first career hat trick and added an assist as the Winnipeg Jets kicked off their last homestand of the season by pounding the Nashville Predators 5-0.

The win clinched a playoff spot for the Jets, who increased their stranglehold on first place in the Central division by recording their 94th point of the year.

They lead second place Nashville by four points with a game in hand.

Both clubs play Monday as Winnipeg hosts Dallas and Nashville is in Minnesota.

Deadline acquisition Kevin Hayes had a goal and pair of assists for the Jets, who kicked off a four-game homestand with a win.

Andrew Copp also scored for Winnipeg.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 33 shots he faced to pick up his second shutout of the season as the Jets moved to 45-26-4 with 94 points.

"They (teammates) were phenomenal. They were getting their sticks on everything, they were blocking shots, they were controlling the pace of play. Our details were right," said Hellebuyck.

"I was part of that. I did my job when I was needed. But the guys in front of me made it pretty easy," he added.

Pekka Rinne turned aside 38 shots for Nashville, who kicked off a three-game road trip with a loss (42-28-6).

There was no scoring in the first period.

Nashville appeared to take the lead 3:12 into second period when Calle Jamkrok tipped a puck past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck but the goal was disallowed after video review showed he contacted the puck with a high stick.

Kyle Connor got Winnipeg on the board after Kevin Hayes stopped a puck at the blue line and fed Connor with a forehand pass.

The Jet winger streaked in and undressed defenceman P.K. Subban before beating Pekka Rinne with a backhand deke at 4:42.

The goal was his 30th of the season.

"It was kind of a regroup," said Connor. "Myers hit (Hayes) in the middle there and I was coming up with a lot of speed and I think P.K. was a little bit flat-footed so I tried to take advantage of that and make a little move and went to the backhand and tried to get it on net.”

“He’s (Hayes) up there with one of the best passers I’ve seen and played with. He creates a lot of space with his size and really good hands for that big of a guy, too. He always seems to find the open guy so it’s been fun playing with him right now."

Andrew Copp made it 2-0 Jets 14:16 into the second period after he banked the puck in off of goaltender Pekka Rinne's skate from behind the goal line.

A clearly gassed Matt Hendricks took a feed from Matthieu Perreault at the blue line and forced himself to drive a hard shot on goal which Rinne stopped but Copp took control of behind the goal line before a successful bank shot off Rinne's skate.

The goal was his 11th of the season.

Kevin Hayes made it 3-0 at 15:41 of the second period, spinning and firing a shot just inside the right goal post after Rinne failed to cover the goal post fast enough.

The goal was his 18th of the season.

Kyle Connor scored an insurance goal at 15:22 of the third period, beating Rinne with a backhand shot to make it 4-0 Winnipeg.

Predators Captain Roman Josi nutshelled the Predators in a couple of sentences.

"Biggest game of the year up to this point and they're just better than us. It's disappointing," he said.

"We lost five nothing," said Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette.

"I thought the first period we played really well. I thought we had the edge and just with what we were trying to do I thought we were sharp and on point and then the next 40 turned, we weren't good at all."

"It's a disappointing loss," he added.

"We were playing for first in the Central division tonight," said Laviolette. "So we had a tough 40 minutes."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said his club's effort was amongst the best of the season.

"It would be right there. Our other two Nashville games (that they won) I liked a lot. There was lots of energy. It was everything, right. It felt as close to a playoff game in the building. Right from the national anthems there was a buzz. You know what, I really think we needed that. I was worried about this one, more for just coming off the west coast. This is our toughest stretch, where would the emotional level be. The fans didn’t give you a chance not to be wired. You could feel it on the bench. It was great."



Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Joe Pavelski scored the game winner with 5 seconds left in regulation as the San Jose Sharks edged the Winnipeg Jets by a 5-4 score Tuesday night. Pavelski drove the net hard and got his stick on a Timo Meier feed as he streaked toward the net and beat Connor Hellebuyck just under the cross bar to end a see-saw battle with the Jets which saw the lead change hands no less than five times.

The goal was his 37th of the season.

Gustav Nyquist scored twice for the Sharks, who won their sixth straight contest.

Marc Eduard Vlasic added a goal and an assist for San Jose.

Marcus Sorensen also scored for the Sharks.

Aaron Dell picked up the win for the San Jose, stopping 22 shots.

Andrew Copp, Bryan Little, Kyle Connor scored for the Jets, who lost their second straight game. Matthieu Perreault had a goal and an assist.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 31 shots for Winnipeg.

San Jose scored first when Marc-Eduard Vlasic followed up on his own shot before sliding the disc between Connor Hellebuyck's pads to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 8:05 of the first.

Andrew Copp tied it up 32 seconds later after he got his stick on a Ben Chiarot wrister, beating Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell just inside the left post.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

Bryan Little gave the Jets the lead at 9:10 after he kept a puck in at the blue line before getting a shot on net.

The puck went in off of San Jose defenceman Justin Braun to make it 2-1 Jets.

Gustav Nyquist capitalized on a Tomas Hertl feed at 16:04 after Hertl pushed the Winnipeg defence in after gaining the blue line with speed before dishing to Nyquist, who lifted a backhander past Hellebuyck.

The goal was his 18th of the season.

Winnipeg capitalized on the power play with 45 seconds left in the first period when Patrik Laine found Kyle Connor by the side of the net and hit him with a crisp pass from the left circle.

Connor stickhandled before roofing a backhand shot just under the cross bar, beating Dell over his glove hand.

The goal was his 27th of the season.

Nyquist tied the game with his second of the night 10:33 into the second, tipping a Marc-Eduard Vlasic shot past Hellebuyck to score his 19th of the season.

Marcus Sorensen gave the Sharks the lead two minutes into the third when he hammered a puck past Hellebuyck off a Joe Thornton feed from behind the net.

The goal was his 16th of the season.

Matthieu Perreault tied it late in the third when he tipped a Tyler Myers shot from the point past Dell to make it 4-4 at 16:22.



Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Joel Eriksson Ek scored the game winner with 1:01 left in regulation to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night.

Eriksson Ek pushed the puck past the goal line during a goalmouth scramble before the official blew the play dead.

The play stood after two video reviews, one necessitated by the NHL, the other by a challenge for interference by Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice.

The goal marked the second in just 26 seconds which allowed the Wild to remain undefeated against Winnipeg this season as Jason Zucker snapped a wrister past Hellebuyck seconds earlier.

The win was their 4th in a row for the Wild. Brad Hunt scored the other Minnesota goal.

Winnipeg slumped to 37-22-4 and are 3-6-2 in their last eleven contests.

Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist for the Jets.

Mark Scheifele had his 31st of the season for Winnipeg.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 37 shots for the Jets.

Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for Minnesota.

Mark Scheifele scored on the power play 8:53 into the opening period to get things rolling for the Jets.

The goal was his 31st of the season.

With Patrik Laine off for hooking, Brad Hunt scored on the power play at 11:50 of the second period, getting a puck on net through a screen which eluded Hellebuyck.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Laine redeemed himself just 14 seconds later, getting his stick on a Ben Chiarot shot after a nice solo effort by the Jet defenceman.

Chiarot took control of the puck at the blue line before skating in on his backhand and snapped a shot on goal which Laine re-directed past Dubnyk.

The goal was his 29th of the season and fourth in his last three games.

Jason Zucker scored with 1:27 left in the third period, snapping a Ryan Donato feed past Hellebuyck to tie the game at two. The goal was his 16th of the season.



NOTES-Newly acquried C Kevin Hayes and D Nathan Beaulieau made their debuts for Winnipeg in the game.

Admirals edge Moose 6-5

Sunday, 17 February 2019 23:05 Written by
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Adam Helewka scored twice and added an assist to pace the Milwaukee Admirals to a 6-5 win over the Manitoba Moose Sunday afternoon.

Duncan Siemens, Joe Pendenza, Eeli Tovanen and Matt Donovan scored for Milwaukee, who moved to 23-20-9-1 on the season.

Colin Blackwell and Tyler Gaudet each had a pair of assists for the Admirals.

Troy Grosenick made 27 saves for the Admirals.

J.C. Lipon scored twice for Manitoba, who dropped to 24-22-3-2 on the season.

Skyler Mckenzie, Jansen Harkins and Alexis D'Aoust added singles for the Moose.

Milwaukee got on the board 4:36 into the opening period when a Moose turnover proved costly. Admirals defenceman Duncan Siemens stepped in front of a clearing pass before ripping a wrister past Moose starter Kyle Comrie to make it 1-0 Milwaukee.

The Admirals went up a pair at () when Adam Helewka ended a perfectly executed 3-on-1 by beating Comrie high glove side after Colin Blackwell fed him a perfect pass to make it 2-0.

The goal was his 15th of the season.

Dallas Harkins tied the game 2:47 into the second when he skated over the blue line before snapping a wrister past Comrie.

The reprieve didn't last long however as Joe Pendenza got a hold of a loose puck in the slot and wired a wrister past Comrie at () as the Admirals retook the lead.

Adam Helewka made it 4-2 at 7:19 of the second when he one timed a cross seam pass past Eric Comrie. Eeli Tolvanen made it 5-2 at 13:19, when Anthony Richard found him alone in front of the net.

Tolvanen made no mistake, snapping the disc just under the cross bar to score his 9th of the season.

Moose Head Coach Pascal Vincent had seen enough and pulled Comrie in favor of Mikhail Berdin.

J.C. Lipon scored on a breakaway at 7:06 of the third period, sliding the puck through Admirals goaltender Troy Grosenick's legs to make it 5-3.

Alexis D'Aoust pulled the Moose to within a goal at 13:15 when he took control of the puck in the Milwaukee zone before floating a wrister from just inside the blueline past Grosenick to make it 5-4.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Matt Donovan scored an empty netter at ().

But J.C. Lipon refused to say die as he swooped in and beat Grosenick with a high shot to make it 6-5 at 18:52.

The goal was his 10th of the season.