Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor's power play goal 5:38 into the third period proved to be the game winner Friday night as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2.

With the Jets enjoying a two-man advantage, Mark Schiefele hit Connor with a cross ice feed, which the Jet winger one timed through Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy's pads give the Winnipeg their first lead of the night on their way to their fourth win in a row.

Wednesday, 04 January 2023 03:32

Jets edge Flames 3-2

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Sam Gagner scored the game winner with 5:30 remaining in the third period as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Calgary Flames by a 3-2 score Tuesday night.

Dylan Samberg worked the puck over to Ville Heinola along the blue line before he wound up and fired a slapper which Gagner got a piece of on the way past him and into the Calgary net.

The goal was his 7th of the season for the Jet veteran.

“Yeah, just was able to get my backhand on it. It was a great shot by Ville. He kept it low, and allowed me to see it the whole way. It’s definitely a good feeling," said Gagner.

Brendan Dillon and Josh Morrissey also scored for the Jets, who won their third straight game.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 33 shots for Winnipeg, who moved to 14-13-1.

Nikita Zadorov, Mikael Backlund Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves for Calgary, who dropped to 18-14-7.

There was no scoring in the first period.

Brendan Dillon got the Jets on the board with just over five minutes left in the second period when he tipped in Dylan DeMelo shot from the point past Markstrom.

The goal was his 1st of the season.

Nikita Zadorov converted a Tyler Toffoli feed with a minute left in the second to draw Calgary even.

Toffoli hit Zadorov, who was cruising into the high slot.

The Flames winger drilled a wrister through Hellebuyck's pads to make it 1-1.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

"Ya I mean I think the game went on you know we start finding our legs. Couple stretches in the second period, third period when we were dominating five-on-five definitely. I think there's penalties, I think they're (Jets) and experienced team they play tough hockey especially at home," said Zadorov.

"We lost the coverage on all three goals. Kind of cost us today. They score more goals than us," he added.

Kyle Connor nearly broke the tie at the seven minute mark of the third when Pierre-Luc Dubois' centering pass found him alone in front of Markstrom, but his shot sailed high.

Josh Morrissey scored 10:22 into the third to make it 2-1 Winnipeg.

The Jet defenceman worked a give-and-go perfectly with Kyle Connor in the slot, with Connor tipping the disc back to Morrissey, who skated into the puck before unleashing a wrister which beat Markstrom high glove side.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Mikael Backlund broke in alone and slid the puck between Hellebuyck's pads to knot the contest at 2 just under the twelve minute mark of the third.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

Flames Head Coach Darryl Sutter was succinct in his assessment of the game afterward.

“Close game. We’ve played a lot of close games this year. You need one of your big—or somebody, scorers, to step up and make a play. Reminds me a lot of the Edmonton game, actually," he said.

“Yeah. I mean, even when I think we had some momentum in the second period, before they scored we had four or five really good shifts in a row and he (Hellebuyck)made a couple big saves. The difference in the game.”

Jets Head Coach Rick Bowness liked the fact that all three of Winnipeg's goals were generated by his defenceman.

"We put a lot of focus in training camp on getting our D a lot more involved, as you know. The way the league is played today - and you saw a perfect example of it tonight - there are five guys around the net and it’s tough to make cute little plays in there. It really is. The only way to get them to move is to get the puck back to your defence, then someone has to come out a little bit, which opens up a little space around the net. In saying that, you have to have someone at the net to tip it, to get a screen,to get a rebound, whatever it is. It’s a buy-in from the players that we’ve had from day one. The focus has been our defence have to get more involved with on the rush, and our forwards have to use them more to spread out the defence around the net. Tonight I thought we weren’t using them enough early, when we started to use them, we started to put pucks at the net, we got some goals from it. They don’t always go in like that, they went in for us tonight. But regardless of whether they go in or not, a shot willcreate a scramble. It’s tough to generate a lot of low plays unless you get your defence involved. Then, again, you have to have net presence," he said.

Both clubs return to action on Friday at home as Calgary hosts the New York Islanders and Winnipeg faces Tampa Bay.



Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Mark Scheifele fired three goals and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 20 shots as the Winnipeg Jets doubled up the Vancouver Canucks by a 4-2 score Thursday night to snap a three-game losing skid. Pierre-Luc Dubois also scored for Winnipeg.

Kyle Connor and Josh Morrissey each had a pair of assists for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck made 20 saves for Winnipeg, to move to 22-13-1.

Jets forward Sam Gagner played in his 1000th NHL career game.

Andrei Kuzmenko had a goal and an assist to pace the Canucks.

Conor Garland also scored for Vancouver, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped.

Collin Delia turned aside 35 shots for the Canucks, who dropped to 16-16-3.

Andrei Kuzmenko scored 41 seconds into the contest, one timing an Elias Pettersson feed from behind the goal line past Hellebuyck to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead.

Jets defenceman Dylan Samberg threw the puck across the ice from the right corner and Pettersson cut it off and slid the disc to Kuzmenko, who drilled it past Hellebuyck.

The Jets didn't record their first shot on goal until 10:39 into the first, when Mark Scheifele slapped a puck out of the air at Delia.

The momentum started to shift in the second period as Winnipeg outshot Vancouver 20-7 and took the lead with a pair of power play goals.

Mark Scheifele got Winnipeg on the board with a power play marker 13:52 into the second.

With Lane Pedersen off for tripping Dylan DeMelo, Scheifele got his stick on a Josh Morrissey shot from the left point and tipped it past Delia to tie the game at 1.

The goal was his 21st of the season.

Pierre-Luc Dubois gave the Jets the lead on a penalty shot 15:42 into the second after he was fouled from behind on a breakaway by Canucks defenceman Ethan Bear.

Dubois moved in before switching to his forehand, beating Delia blocker side with a wrister to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 17th of the season.

“Yeah, we had a slower start. Obviously, going down 1-0 isn’t how you want to start at home but I thought as the game was on, we got better and better. It wasn’t perfect, but you’re not going to go from how we were playing before to perfect. It’s like baby steps. Look, it’s two points, we’ll take it and we’re moving on to Edmonton," said Dubois.

Scheifele netted his second power play goal of the game with 2.5 seconds left in the second after firing through a screen provided by Adam Lowry.

The goal was his 22nd of the season.

Conor Garland pulled the Canucks to within a goal 13:11 into the third when he banked a puck off of Hellebuyck's left pad after an errant shot banked off the end glass.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

Scheifele added an empty netter with 28 seconds remaining in regulation to seal the win for the Jets.

“Yeah, for sure. That’s how you score in this league, you’ve got to do the right things over and over and not try to chase the game," said Scheifele of his three-goal night.

"I think we had four lines that were playing well today and we need that more and more every game,” he added.

Bo Horvat was succinct in his assessment of what went wrong on their end.

"We were happy with the way we started. We just didn't follow it up with anything good in the second and third," he said. "You know we kind of sat back a little bit and got comfortable and that's the result, that happens. You take a couple of you know, unfortunate penalties and they capitalize on them."

Canucks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau said his club lost their spark offensively during the second period.

“We started to focus a little too much on defence and not on offence at all. The last five minutes (of the second period), they started to gain some momentum and they’re a good shut-down team and they’ve got a good goalie," he said.

Jets Head Coach Rick Bowness said his club's turnaround in the second period was simple.

“We started skating again. I think that early goal against kind of set us on our heels a little bit. And that team has been playing really well lately so they were feeling it. Sometimes you just gotta play through it and we were able to do that tonight. That team, they had won what seven in a row on the road. So we had to play through it and we did.”



NOTES-Sam Gagner played in his 1000th career NHL game. The Jets honored him with a special pre-game ceremony to mark the occasion.

Winnipeg defenceman Josh Morrissey left the game after taking a hit from Vancouver's Tyler Myers and did not return. He will be re-evaluated Friday.

Wednesday, 28 December 2022 04:53

Wild down Jets 4-1

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Jared Spurgeon, Mats Zuccarello and Frederick Gaudreau each had a goal and an assist to pace the Minnesota Wild to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night.

In fact, Minnesota played an almost flawless game according to their Head Coach Dean Evason.

“Pretty much everything. From the goaltender out, we played the right way, we did a lot of good things. We got pucks out, we got pucks in, we didn’t mess around. Not a lot of turnovers. Just a real, almost a perfect game, for coming off a break. We simplified. We didn’t make anything complicated tonight. So it was not necessarily the game plan, but the execution was fantastic," he said.

The Wild have won seven of their last eight contests, including their first game post Christmas break.

Samuel Walker also scored for Minnesota.

Sam Steel had a pair off assists for the Wild.

Fillip Gustavsson turned aside 31 shots for Minnesota, who moved to 20-12-2.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored the lone goal for the Jets, who dropped to 21-13-1.

Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for Winnipeg, who lost their third straight game.

That fact isn't lost on Jets centre Adam Lowry on their season high three-game losing skid.

“I think after every loss there is urgency. You want to get back on the right foot and you want to put it behind you and get back to playing well and executing and doing what you know can make you successful. Losing three in a row is frustrating and tough, but we need to find a way to stop the skid and start compiling points again. The race is tight, there is a lot of teams that are within five or six points. Every divisional game is critical," he said.

Jared Spurgeon opened the scoring with a power play marker 5:29 into the contest on the power play to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead.

With Dylan Samberg off for high sticking, Ryan Hartman took control of the disc at the Winnipeg blue line and moved toward the high slot before hitting a wide open Spurgeon who banked the puck in off of Hellebucyk's left pad.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

"Two of their forwards got trapped there and we had a five-on-four and Hartsy (Hartman) made a great play," said Spurgeon.

Mats Zuccarello made it 2-0 just over a minute later when he took a drop pass from Kirill Kaprizov and beat Hellebuyck with a low wrister to score his 16th goal of the season.

The goal was his 16th of the season.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored just over ten minutes into the first when he took a Kyle Connor feed before poking the disc past Jonas Brodin and snapping a wrister past Gustavsson and hitting the post before he knocked it into his own net to make it 2-1 at 10:03.

The goal was his 16th of the season.

Kyle Connor nearly tied it up with just over seven minutes left in the first when he found himself with what appeared to be a wide open net but Gustavsson managed to get a pad on the puck.

Frederick Gaudreau scored just seconds after the Wild killed off a hooking penalty to Mats Zuccarello.

Zuccarello got control of the puck in the neutral zone before banking the puck off the boards to himself on his way into the Jet zone before feeding Gaudreau a perfect saucer pass over a sprawling Kyle Capobianco.

The Wild forward knocked the puck mid-air past Hellebuyck to give Minnesota a 3-1 lead at 8:54 into the second.

Samuel Walker added an empty netter with 2:05 left in regulation to clinch the win for the Wild.

The goal was the first of his NHL career.

The occasion wasn't lost on his teammates, one of whom got him in the face with a towel full of shaving cream during the post-game interview.

"Ya I just kind of held it until it was away and luckily it went in," laughed Walker.

But Jets Head Coach Rick Bowness wasn't laughing afterward.

“I would say it’s like the other things, that the details are off a little bit. It’s not as strong as it once was, but that kind of goes into our whole five-on-five (game) right now. It’s not as strong as it was. Our attention to detail is not there.”

He wasn't having any of the notion that having call ups in the lineup to replace five regular players out with injury as an excuse.

“It’s a scapegoat. They know what we’re supposed to be doing.”

Both clubs see action Thursday as Minnesota hosts Dallas and Winnipeg closes out a two-game homestand against Vancouver.



Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Jeff Mallot's goal just over two minutes into overtime lifted the Manitoba Moose to a 3-2 win over the Belleville Senators Sunday afternoon.

Mallot picked up the puck in the neutral zone afterAshton Sautner hit him with a clearing pass before the Moose winger skated down the left side and snapped a wrister past Mads Sogaard, beating him with a low shot.

The goal was his 13th of the season.

Ashton Sautner had a goal and an assist for the Moose.

Simon Lundmark had the other goal.

Oskari Salminen made 18 saves for Manitoba, who moved to 14-7-2-1 on the season and took four points from the Senators in their two-game series this weekend.

Egor Sokolov had a goal and an assist for Belleville.

Mathew Wedman also scored for the Senators.

Mads Sogaard turned aside 23 shots for the Senators, who dropped to 11-14-1-0.

Ashton Sautner scored 12:03 into the first when Nicloas Jones fed him a pass at the left point which the Moose defenceman stepped into, beating Mads Sogaard just inside the left post with a slap shot to give Manitoba a 1-0 lead.

The goal was his first of the season.

Egor Sokolov tied the game 10:58 into the second, scoring on a wraparound to make it 1-1.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Mathew Wedman gave the Senators the lead 16:23 into the second when he knocked a rebound off an Egor Sokolov shot past Salminen mid-air to make it 2-1 Belleville.

Simon Lundmark tied it 8:51 into the third when Greg Meireles got possession of the puck behind the Belleville net and moved toward the corner before hitting Lundmark with a soft pass from the goal line.

Lundmark beat Sogaard glove side with a high shot to knot the contest at 2.

The goal was his 2nd of the season.

The game went to overtime where Sokolov almost ended it just over a minute into the extra frame when he grazed the goal post with a wrister from the hash mark.



Saturday, 17 December 2022 22:47

Moose Trample Senators 6-2

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Jeff Malott scored twice and Arvid Holm made 36 saves as the Manitoba Moose trampled the Belleville Senators by a 6-2 score Saturday afternoon.

The Moose fired three first period goals and added two in the second for good measure to bury the Senators, who were finally able to get on the board just under twelve minutes into the second period.

Leon Gawanke had a goal and an assist.

Declan Chisolm had three assists and Alex Limoges two.

Cole Maier, Daniel Torgersson and Evan Polei also scored for the Moose.

Arvid Holm made 36 saves for Manitoba, who moved to 13-7-2-1.

Manitoba went 2-for-3 on the power play while Belleville went 0-for-2.

Brennan Saulnier and Ridley Greig scored for the Senators.

Mads Sogaard and Antoine Bibeau combined to make 20 saves for Belleville, who dropped to 11-13-1-0.

Cole Maier got Manitoba on the board shorthanded 2:49 into the contest when he followed up on his own rebound after driving the net and getting a hold of his own rebound.

Maier turned and fired a wrister from about 10 feet out and beat Belleville goaltender Mads Sogaard glove side with a wrister to make it 1-0.

Daniel Torgersson gave the Moose a two-goal lead at 4:41 when he coralled a puck off the end boards off a Leon Gawanke shot and one timed it past Sogaard to score his 2nd goal of the season.

Leon Gawanke scored 1:10 into a power play to make it 3-0 Moose when he one timed a Declan Chisolm feed past Sogaard from inside the left faceoff circleat 12:17.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

Evan Polei scored 24 seconds into the second, when he converted a Nicholas Jones feed, snapping a wrister past Sogaard to chase him from the game.

Antoine Bibeau took over but he fared no better, giving up a goal just 46 seconds later when Jeff Malott slid a backhand past him to make it 5-0 Manitoba.

The goal was his 11th of the season.

The Senators got on the board 11:50 into the second when Brennan Saulnier poked a puck past Holm following a goalmouth scramble.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Jeff Malott scored a power play marker 1:08 into the third when he knocked a deflected puck past Bibeau to make it 6-1.

Ridley Greig picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated in and snapped the disc past Holm, beating him high glove side to score his 4th of the season to make it 6-2.

The two teams face each other again Sunday afternoon in Winnipeg.

Game time is 2 PM CST.



Wednesday, 14 December 2022 03:41

Vegas Golden Knights edge Jets 6-5

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Jonathan Marchessault fired the game winner with 2:17 remaining in regulation as the Vegas Golden Knights edged the Winnipeg Jets by a 6-5 score Tuesday night.

With Jets defenceman Neal Pionk off for high sticking Golden Knights winger Phil Kessel, the Vegas power play went to work, moving the puck around before Danill Miromanov found an open Marchessault, who beat Hellebuyck with a high slap shot to give the Golden Knights their 13th road win of the season.

Marchessault and Mark Stone each had two goals for Vegas.

Danill Miromanov had a goal and two assists.

William Karlsson had a goal for Vegas.

Chandler Stephenson had two assists.

Adin Hill turned aside 29 shots for the Golden Knights, who moved to 21-9-1.

Mark Scheifele had three goals for Winnipeg.

Morgan Barron and Sam Gagner also scored for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves for Winnipeg, who dropped to 18-9-1.

Mark Scheifele got Winnipeg on the board at 9:22 when he deflected a point shot from Josh Morrissey past Adin Hill as he was falling to the ice.

Danill Miromanov tied the contest 2:08 later when he took a Reilly Smith feed before moving into the top of the faceoff circle and beat Hellebuyck with a low wrister at 11:30.

The goal was the first of his NHL career.

Vegas nearly took the lead with 6:22 remaining in the first when Smith broke in alone but Hellebuyck stymied the Golden Knights forward.

Mark Stone scored with 30 seconds left in the first when he outhustled Jets forward Adam Lowry to a rebound off a point shot from Nicolas Hague and fired the puck past Hellebuyck with two seconds remaining in the first.

Morgan Barron tied the contest 11:16 into the second when he tracked down a rebound off a Dylan Samberg shot and knocked a backhand past Hill to make it 2-2.

Mark Stone gave Vegas the lead at 15:34 off a turnover when Jets defenceman coughed up the puck at the blue line resulting in a two-on-one with Taylor Stevenson.

Stevenson slid Stone the puck which he fired past a sprawling Hellebuyck to make it 3-2 Golden Knights.

The goal was his 12th of the season.

The lead was short lived as Sam Gagner tied it up 39 seconds later when he redirected a Brendan Dillon point shot past Hill to make it 3-3 at 16:13.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

With Alec Martinez off for slashing the Jets took full advantage when Mark Scheifele one timed a cross ice Kyle Connor feed past Hill 41 seconds into the third period to give Winnipeg a 4-3 lead.

The goal was his 17th of the season.

Jonathan Marchessault tied the game on the power play 9:38 into the third when he took a Danill Miromanov feed high along the side boards before curling in and unleashing a wrister which beat Hellebuyck glove side to make it 4-4.

The goal was his 13th of the season.

Winnipeg had a power play with 7:51 left in the third when Ben Hutton went off for high sticking Jansen Harkins but they failed to score.

William Karlsson scored an empty netter with 1:14 left in regulation to clinch the win for Vegas.

Mark Scheifele scored with a second remaining in the third period to make it 6-5.

The goal was his 18th of the season.



Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-The Washington Capitals fired four second period goals as they cruised to a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Sunday evening.

The win was their fourth straight.

Trevor Van Riemsdyk, Evgeni Kuznetsov, Marcus Johansson, Lars Eller and Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington.

Dimitri Orlov had a pair of assists for the Capitals.

Charlie Lindgren stopped 29 shots for Washington, who moved to 14-12-4.

Adam Lowry and Pierre-Luc Dubois replied for Winnipeg.

Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for the Jets, who dropped to 18-8-1 and saw their four-game winning streak snapped.

There was no scoring in the first period.

Trevor Van Riemsdyk got Washington on the board 3:25 into the second when Jim Dowd hit him with a short pass at the top of the face off circle before the Capital defenceman moved into the high slot before beating Hellebuyck high glove side.

The goal was his 2nd of the season.

Evgeni Kuznetsov gave the Capitals a two-goal cushion 8:21 into the second period on the power play when John Carlson found him alone in front of the net and drifted a pass through.

Kuznetsov buried a backhand, beating Hellebuyck high glove side to make it 2-0 Capitals.

“They tell us that they (Jets) have a good goalie and we have to go screen him. I saw that Johnny got the puck and probably both guys go over to the big man and I just went to open up the back door and then Johnny just passed it through,” said Kuznetsov.

Marcus Johansson scored shorthanded on a penalty shot at 9:55 after being fouled from behind by Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey.

Johansson moved in and beat Hellebuyck with a backhand shot just under the cross bar.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Lars Eller made it 4-0 when he scooped up a rebound off a Anthony Mantha shot from the slot into a wide open net at 15:24.

The veteran forward was playing in his 900th NHL career game.

"We got contributions from a lot of places and Charlie was so strong in net. Just you one of these sixty minute efforts where you know it was only those first five minutes in the third where they (Jets) pushed and were able to get two quick ones. After that I just think we responded really well. And you know didn't panic and kept them from getting too chances after that. So it was a really overall good game tonight," said Eller.

Adam Lowry got the Jets on the board, firing a rebound off a Josh Morrissey shot from the left point 35 seconds into the third.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored at 3:39, converting a cross-ice feed as Kyle Connor hit him with a searing pass.

Dubois hammered the puck past Lindgren to make it 4-2.

"We didn’t give up. Down 4-0, we kept going and kept pushing," said Dubois. "Their goalie played well. We hit some posts and had some chances at the end of the second period. It could have been a two or three goal game instead of a four goal game going into the third. And who knows what happens after that? Now we have a huge game against a Western Conference team, so we’re going to have to be ready for that. They’re a good team.”

Alex Ovechkin added an empty netter at 17:48 to seal the win for Washington.

The goal was his 17th of the season.

Jets Head Coach Rick Bowness said his club came out flat.

"We didn’t have our legs early, that was clear. They were jumping on us. I thought as the first period went on we got our legs going again. Clearly the coverage on their first goal was a complete breakdown for us. Power play hurt us, you get a four-minute and give up the breakaway and the penalty shot, it kind of sets you on your heels a little bit against a veteran hockey club. They know how to play. I liked how we finished the second period, the last four minutes. We felt we were still in the game, and we were. We made it 4-2 and we just didn’t get that third goal. We started trading chances, but that’s the only way you’re going to get back in the game. Give them credit, they bent a little bit but didn’t break. We had some really good looks at the end of the second. We hit the post. We had some really good looks. Their goalie made some timely saves for them," he said.

Washington visits Chicago Tuesday while Winnipeg hosts Vegas.



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