Jets shutout Blues 4-0 Featured

Monday, 18 December 2017 02:10 Written by  Published in Game Stories Read 345 times
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Josh Morrissey had a goal and added an assist and Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 24 shots he faced as the Winnipeg Jets shut out the visiting St. Louis Blues by a 40 score Sunday afternoon. The shutout was the second of the season. "We kind of deserved this one because last night (loss) I thought we were the better team," said Hellebuyck. "It's very satisfying (win) and I think it's better for the guys in this room because now they know that they did play the right way and they continued to play the right way." Josh Morrissey's offence led the Jets after they were shutout by the Blues Saturday night and his play didn't go unnoticed by his captain. "He was awesome, ya know. He's grooming himself into being kind of a world's number one type of defenceman," said Blake Wheeler. "How well he plays defensively is just tremendous." Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice echoed that sentiment. "We've got a player that we know has offensive skill. And he takes his role first because of the quality of his play. He plays against the other team's best or in a shut down role every night so he's not cheating or leaking or jumping into holes to try to get some numbers that would get him noticed more as an offensive player." Morrissey is picking up first pairing minutes in the abscence of both Toby Enstrom and Dustin Byfuglien on the Jets blue line. “With guys out of the lineup, everybody has got to step up and take on a little bit of those roles. You can’t replace those guys. For me, I’m just trying to get better every single day and get better to help this team win. Our whole back end has stepped up with those guys out," said Morrissey. Adam Lowry, Patrick Laine and Mark Scheifele added singles for Winnipeg, who snapped a two-game losing skid. Jacob Trouba finished with a pair of assists. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots, to pick up the win for the Jets (19-10-5). Jake Allen took the loss for the Blues (22-11-2), turning aside 42 shots. There was no scoring in the first period. Adam Lowry gave Winnipeg the lead 4:32 into the second period as Andrew Copp found him parked by the crease and hit him with a crisp pass. Lowry slid the disc past St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen to put the Jets up 1-0. The goal was his 5th of the season. With Alex Pietrangelo off for high sticking Patrick Laine converted a Matthieu Perreault feed 15:13 into the second period to give the Jets a 2-0 lead. Perreault hit Laine with a backhand pass from behind the goal line. The second year forward moved in a foot from the left hash mark before beating the St. Louis netminder blocker side with a high wrister. The goal was his 16th of the season. Mark Scheifele tipped a puck past Allen just under the 12 minute mark of the 3rd period to provide the Jets with some breathing room. Josh Morrissey spotted Scheifele driving the St. Louis net and hit the Jets assistant captain's stick with a shot, which Scheifele simply redirected past Allen to put Winnipeg up 3-0. The tally was his 15th of the season. Morrissey provided some insurance with 6:15 remaining in regulation, converting a Blake Wheeler feed from the side boards to put Winnipeg up 4-0. Morrissey moved into the slot and the Jets captain hit him with a crisp pass which the Jet defenceman wired past Allen to score his 5th of the season. “Too many shots against. That's not us,” said Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo afterward. “We're typically one of the top teams in the league for shot suppression and chance suppression. A little bit too easy to play against the last couple games.” “I think that (the Jets are) a skilled team, there's no question on that, but we're not hard enough, we're not firm enough in our game, we're not tight in our game. When we are, then we're a dangerous team. We create offence off that and so we have to get that back.” "Their execution was a lot better (tonight). They jumped on our turnovers and pressured us back and we just weren’t strong enough tonight," said Blues assistant captain Alex Steen. "I think we were a little too spread out. We weren’t as connected tonight. We turned some pucks over that kept coming back at us. We need some more sustained O-zone time. We’ve been a little too ‘one-and-done’ lately. But we had our looks tonight. In the first half of the game, we had some two-on-ones and some good opportunities on the power play that didn’t go on. In the second period they pushed us back a bit and grabbed a hold of the momentum." SHOTS-ST. LOUIS 24 WINNIPEG 46 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.