Jets down Devils 5-2

Saturday, 18 November 2017 23:43 Written by  Published in Game Stories Read 238 times
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-The Winnipeg Jets fired three goals in just over a minute and a half in the second period Saturday afternoon as they cruised to a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. The win was their fourth in a row. Both teams had identical 11-4-3 records heading into the game but the 3 goal outburst in 1:35 proved to be too much for the Devils to recover from. "Our gaps were a little bit loose. You know it played into their strength and they capitalized when they had those chances when they had that span there," said New Jersey Head Coach John Hynes afterward, noting that Winnipeg's goals came off the rush. Patrick Laine, Jacob Trouba had singles for Winnipeg while Kyle Connor, Matthieu Perreault and Matt Hendricks each had a goal and an assist. Mark Scheifele and Joel Armia each had a pair of assists. Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves to backstop the Jets to the win. Brian Gibbons and Will Butcher scored for the Devils Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid combined to turn aside 29 shots for New Jersey, who lost their second game in a row. There was no scoring in the first period. Kyle Connor opened the scoring 5:51 into the second period after he knocked a rebound off a Blake Wheeler shot past New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider. Mark Scheifele hit Wheeler with a pass that the Jets captain one timed at teh devils goal. Connor drove the net hard and hammered the rebound past Schneider to give the Jets a 1-0 lead. The goal was his 5th of the season. New Jersey tied the contest at 6:52 after video review showed Brian Gibbons beat Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck with a high shot that hit the bar in the back of the net. The goal was his 9th of the season. Patrick Laine restored the Jet lead at 8:06 tipping a Nikolaj Ehlers shot past Schneider to make it 2-1. The goal was his 10th of the season. Jacob Trouba made it 3-1 Jets at 8:41 after he drifted a wrister past Schneider, beating him glove side after Kyle Connor hit him with a pass at the top of the right faceoff circle. The goal was his 1st of the season. The Jets struck again a minute later when Matt Hendricks scored at 9:41 to make it 4-1 Jets after he one timed a Matthieu Perreault feed from behind the Devils net past Schneider. Matthieu Perreault scored at 18:18 off a nifty backhand pass from Matt Hendricks redirecting the puck high over Schneider's shoulder to score his 3rd of the season to make it 5-1 Winnipeg. The tally was his second in two games since returning from a 12 game abscence due to injury. "We thought we’ve been playing pretty well. Matty’s first game back he scored a big goal for us, obviously, but we thought we could have brought a little bit more throughout the course of the game. We had some real good spurts and then kind of lacked a little bit. We wanted to have a more consistent game," said Matt Hendricks of his new linemate. Will Butcher scored 7:14 into the third period, poking a puck past the goal line that had slipped through Hellebuyck's pads off a shot from Taylor Hall. The goal was his 1st of the season. Winnipeg Head Coach Paul Maurice said Gibbon's goal in the second period didn't surprise him. “I didn’t think it changed. I thought we were going like that at the start. The second period especially, we got up to our speed. I think they were a little quicker than we were in the first, and then we were just a bit quicker than they were in the second and that was the diference.” SHOTS-NEW JERSEY 36 WINNIPEG 34 ATTENDANCE-15,294
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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.