Jets down Canucks 5-1

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 03:32 Written by  Published in Game Stories Read 278 times
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Matthieu Perreault scored twice and added an assist as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 to snap a three-game winless skid Monday night. He not only fired the game winning tally in the second period on a beautiful passing play but also got his 100th career goal, tipping a disc past Jacob Markstrom on Winnipeg's 5th goal of the night. "It's definitely a good one. It's kind of a reaction play. It was going in his empty net and I just got my stick on it. I could have tipped it out of the way so lucky enough it went in," said Perreault. “A couple good power plays. I think that first one was just at the end of the power play, but we were in there getting a lot of chances. Our D-gap was a lot better so it keeps pucks in their end and we were able to get more shots on goal.” Dimitry Kulikov, Nikolaj Ehlers and Matt Hendricks also scored for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots to backstop the Jets to the win, their first in three games (18-8-5). Brock Boeser scored Vancouver's lone goal on the night. Jacob Markstrom turned aside 19 shots for the Canucks, who dropped their third straight game (14-13-4). Dimitry Kulikov scored 1:28 into the contest, floating a soft wrister past Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom from the blueline that bounced through his legs. The goal was his 2nd of the season. Brock Boeser tied the contest 6:53 of the first period as Henrik Sedin poked the puck off the end boards behind the Winnipeg net before hitting Boeser with a slick pass which the Vancouver rookie promptly fired past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to make it 1-1. The goal was his team leading 16th of the season. That was the only offence the Canucks could muster. "We gotta find a way to score some more goals," said Daniel Sedin, who assisted on the lone Vancouver goal on the night. "We need more shots to the net and get to the rebound. That's the way we gotta score now." Perreault gave the Jets the lead just under five minutes into the second period, one timing a pretty tic-tac-toe play past Markstrom to make it 2-1. Bryan Little fed Joel Armia alongside the Vancouver goal which he simply pushed back at a waiting Perreault at the hash marks. The winger made no mistake, beating Markstrom low along the ice to give Winnipeg a one goal lead. The goal was his 8th of the season. With Nic Dowd off for hooking Nikolaj Ehlers put the Jets up 3-1 on the power play when he one timed a rebound past Markstrom to score his 14th of the season. Tyler Myers put a shot on goal which the Canucks goaltender kicked right to Ehlers who was sitting right at the top of the faceoff circle. The Winnipeg winger simply blasted the puck right past Markstrom to give Winnipeg a two-goal lead 14:09 into the second period. Josh Morrissey converted an Adam Lowry feed on a two-on-one 11:38 into the third period to give the Jets a 4-1 lead. The goal was his 4th of the season. Lowry got a hold of the puck on the move by the Canucks bench before breaking in and hitting a streaking Morrissey who was driving the net. The Jet defenceman re-directed it past Morrissey to give the Jets a commanding lead. Matthieu Perreault added an empty netter with 43 seconds left, tipping in a Matt Hendricks shot to make it 5-1 Winnipeg. "That didn't feel like a 5-1 hockey game that's for sure," said Canucks Head Coach Travis Green afterward. "I think 5-on-5 we gave up 17 shots and we gotta find a way to score a couple more goals." Thomas Vanek echoed his coach's sentiment about offence. “Every team has injuries. When I have the scoring chances that I had tonight, I’ve gotta put them away. It doesn’t matter who’s in and who’s out, I’ve gotta find a better job of putting one of those in there and get some momentum back.” SHOTS-VANCOUVER 26 WINNIPEG 24 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.