Jets hammer Wild 7-2

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:12 Written by  Published in Game Stories Read 24 times
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-The Winnipeg Jets spotted the Minnesota Wild a two-goal lead before storming back to score six straight goals to beat their Central Division rivals by a score 7-2 Monday night. Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each had a goal and two assists on the night. Joel Armia had a goal and an assist. Jacob Trouba, Mattieu Perreault added singles for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck was solid in net for Winnipeg, turning aside 17 shots. Jason Zucker and Cam Stewart scored for Minnesota. Alex Stalock stopped 21 shots, taking the loss for the Wild. Zucker got the Wild on the board just over 8 minutes into the opening period, when Charlie Coyle hit the breaking winger on his way to the net with a crisp pass. Zucker deked first before sliding a backhand past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to make it 1-0 Minnesota. The goal was his 13th of the season. The Wild appeared to take a 2-0 lead at the 12:45 mark when Charlie Coyle took a stretch pass that resulted in a Wild goal off his rebound shot but the Jets challegned the goal as being offside. The goal was overturned after a video review by the linesmen. Minnesota did take a 2-0 lead just over a minute later when Chris Stewart called for a pass at the side of the Winnipeg goal and Matt Cullen hit him with a perfect cross crease pass which Stewart promptly fired past Hellebuyck to score his 7th goal of the season at 13:54. Joel Armia cut the Minnesota lead in half 15:47 into the 1st period, sliding a puck past Wild goaltender Alex Stalock after it was re-directed by Matt Hendricks skate on it's way to the net. The goal was his 4th of the season. The Jets evened the contest on teh power play when Blake Wheeler hit Mark Scheifele with a cross ice pass that the Winnipeg forward one-timed a low shot past Stalock to make it 2-2. Jacob Trouba finished off a three-way passing play at 10:57 of the 2nd period to give the Jets a 3-2 lead. Andrew Copp got the puck up to Scheifele on a break and the Jets assistant captain drew the Minnesota defenceman in before hitting a charging Trouba who got his shot off before Stalock could get across his crease as the Winnipeg defenceman potted his 2nd goal of the season. Matthieu Perreault scored at 14:19 after Joel Armia scooped up a puck at the top of the faceoff circle and hit him with a cross-ice feed that the Winnipeg forward one-timed past Stalock to make it 4-2 Jets. The goal was his 6th of the season. Kyle Connor added to the Jets lead 5:13 into the 3rd period on the power play. With Daniel Winnik off for high sticking, Blake Wheeler bowled his way to the net with the puck before getting knocked over by the Wild defenceman before dropping the puck for an opportunistic Connor, who skated in and fired a backhand past Stalock to make it 5-2 Winnipeg. The goal was his 7th of the season. Bryan Little put the game out of reach at 6:18 of the 3rd, tipping a Ben Chiarot blast from the left point past Stalock to make it 6-2 Jets. Blake Wheeler scored at 13:26 of the 3rd after his pass attempt went in off the Minnesota defenceman's skate. SHOTS-MINNESOTA 19 WINNIPEG 28 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, Canada home.