Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Tyler Myers scored the game winner in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets snapped a two-game home losing streak Tuesday night, besting the Washington Capitals 4-3.

Mark Scheifele dashed into the Capitals end with the puck before skating behind the before feeding Myers, who fired the disc past Brayden Holtby.

Scheifele had a strong game, firing a pair of goals and adding an assist to pace the Jets." (Myers) made a good play, beat the first guy, Ovie looked a little flat footed, so I thought I’d try him, and he’s a big dude so trying to get around him is tough, so looked to my right and saw (Myers) driving down the seam, great awareness by him," said Scheifele of the game winning goal.

His third period shorthanded tally stymied the Capitial's efforts to escape Winnipeg with two points.

“That was a lot of hard work, Wheels gets on the forecheck, makes sure Carlson doesn’t get a clean pass, I get on it, Frenchy gets on the puck, gets a shot, gets a little bit of a setup and from there I was happy to be the one putting it in," said Scheifele.

The Jets two third period goals set the Winnipeg fans on fire, something that Washington did a good job of keeping them out of the game.

"They're (Jets) a good team and you could see they got one and the crowd got into it. I feel like the last four or five years they're a pretty big momentum team and when they get rolling they find ways to score goals," said Capitals winger T.J Oshie. "We just gotta find a way to slow that pressure down a little bit."

"Nothing surprises us I don't think tonight. We know they're a good team and they showed it there those last couple of minutes," he added.

Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky and John Carlson had singles for the Capitals.

Brayden Holtby turned aside 40 shots for Washington, who moved to 33-17-6 on the season.

Mark Scheifele and Bryan Little scored for the Jets, who moved to 33-16-9 on the season.

Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for Winnipeg.

Mark Scheifele got Winnipeg on the board 14:41 into the contest when Washington defenceman Brooks Orpik deflected a Dustin Byfuglien pass right onto the stick of Mark Scheifele who shovelled a backhand into the open goal as Caps goaltender Brayden Holtby had slid too far across his crease.

The goal was his 16th of the season.

Niklas Backstrom evened the contest at 19:37 when the Jets couldn't clear the puck out of their own end late in the period.

Tom Wilson emerged from a scrum of players with the puck, skating across the zone before sliding the puck back to Alex Ovechkin who managed to get a shot on goal while Backstrom pounced on the rebound before calmly depositing the disc past Hellebucyk.

Andre Burakovsky put the Captials ahead at 11:22 of the second period, pocketing the rebound off a Lars Eller shot past Hellebucyk to give Washington a 2-1 lead.

Eller got control of the puck in his own end and skated it into the Jets end before cutting to the center of the ice to take the shot.

Hellebucyk kicked the rebound out to a charging Burakovsky, who fired a low shot past the Winnipeg goaltender.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

John Carlson gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead just over seven minutes into the third period, converting a Evgeny Kuznetsov feed past Hellebucyk, parking the disc just under the crossbar. The goal was his 10th of the season. Bryan Little pulled Winnipeg to within a goal at 11:30, working a give and go with Jack Roslovic before firing the return pass past Holtby to make it 3-2, beating the Capitals netminder with a low shot to score his 12th of the season.

“It was a bit of a roller-coaster ride. The first half of the game, we looked a bit like we did the last two games. We were a bit slow and just didn’t have the energy you need to play in the other team’s end and get chances. I feel like we came out in the third with some new life, some new energy. We had some shifts in their end and we started to get into it, the crowd got into it and we were just feeding off the energy of the building. You could tell the bench was getting excited and you could feel the momentum changing," said Little.

Mark Scheifele tied the game with just over 14 seconds left in the third period to send the game to overtime.

“We got to a real good emotional level in that game, kind of built to it. We needed a game like that, where you just didn’t take it, you fought back and had a good result on that. So the emotional part was good. The guys that made it happen were the guys that were driving all night. So they get some payback for that too,” said Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice of his club snapping their two-game home losing streak. "Well you know it's a hard lesson to learn," said Washington Head Coach Barry Trotz. "I thought in this building, this is a pretty hostile building. For 54 minutes we played a really good road game. Obviously they scored the second goal and the crowd got into it and we got on our heels a little bit."

"It's a tough way to lose points, we should have sealed the deal," he added.

Washington continues a four game road trip on Thursday in Minnesota.

Winnipeg hosts Colorado Friday.


Published in Winnipeg Jets
Sunday, 11 February 2018 22:47

Rangers down Jets 3-1

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Jimmy Vesey scored the game winner with just under four minutes remaining in regulation as the New York Rangers edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 Sunday afternoon.

Brady Skjei unleashed a shot from the point before the puck hit Vesey and found it's way past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to give the Rangers the win in a closely contested hockey game.

Winnipeg had two potential goals called back via video replay in the game.

The first came a mere 24 seconds into the contest when Tyler Myers appeared to score after taking a feed from Kyle Connor before moving into the middle of the left faceoff circle before unleashing a slap shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist high blocker side but was disallowed after a coach's challenge for being offside.

That didn't matter as Nikolaj Ehlers converted a Mark Scheifele feed, blowing a slapshot past New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist just 42 seconds later, beating him glove side to make it 1-0 Winnipeg.

The goal was his 21st of the season.

Mats Zuccarello tied the contest with just over a minute remaining in the first period when Nikolaj Ehlers turned the puck over at the blue line.

Zuccarello scooped up the puck before moving in and firing the disc through Connor Helleuyck's pads at 18:54.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

There was no scoring in the second period.

Michael Grabner also tallied for the Rangers, who won their second game in a row (27-24-5).

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 37 shots for New York.

Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves for Winnipeg.

Dustin Byfuglien appeared to have tied the game with 1:22 remaining in regulation but it was ruled no goal as Mark Scheifele deflected the disc past Lundqvist using a high stick.

Michael Grabner added a late empty netter to seal the win for the Rangers.

New York continues a four-game road trip Tuesday in Minnesota while Winnipeg hosts Washington.



Published in Game Stories
Saturday, 10 February 2018 04:44

Blues take down Jets 5-2

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Vladimir Tarasenko broke a seven game scoring slump in style, firing a pair of goals Friday night as the St. Louis Blues downed the Winnipeg Jets by a 5-2 score.

“I think it was a really good effort with Colorado and especially tonight in this building. It’s maybe one of the hardest building in the league to play and we’re really happy to get a win today,” said Tarasenko afterward, clearly irked that a reporter noted he hadn't scored in his seven previous outings.

Published in Game Stories
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 03:46

Jets edge Coyotes 4-3

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist to pace the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night. Jack Roslovic, Nic Petan and Dimitry Kulikov also scored for Winnipeg (32-13-9).

Connor Hellebuyck made 20 saves for Winnipeg, who have picked up seven of a possible eight points on their current ten game homestand, their longest of the season.

Published in Game Stories
Sunday, 04 February 2018 02:54

Jets shutout Avalanche 3-0

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 25 shots he faced to record his 5th shutout of the season and Blake Wheeler chipped in two assists as the Winnipeg Jets shutout the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 Saturday night. The Jets have claimed 5 of a possible 6 points on their current 10 game home stand.
Published in Game Stories
Friday, 02 February 2018 05:03

Vegas Golden Knights edge Jets 3-2 in OT

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-David Perron's goal 3:57 into overtime was the game winner as the Vegas Golden Knights edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 Thursday night.

The exciting finish was brought upon when Kyle Connor tied the game with 2:36 remaining in the third period to bring life to what appeared to be a Jets team that was resigned to give up the two points.

The Jets nearly scored twice in the extra frame off of goalmouth scrambles but all the excitement proved for naught as Perron changed the angle on the goaltender by cutting to the centre of the ice on his off wing before firing a wrister past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to earn the Golden Knights the extra point on the night.

"That's Flower (Marc-Andre Fleury) for you right there. He loves those kind of moments and I don't how the puck stay out but he find a way to keep it out and the other guys trying to block shots, things like that," said Perron."We had some good looks in overtime and I'm glad that I put it away."

Reilly Smith and Erik Haula also tallied for the Golden Knights, who moved to 34-12-4 on the season surpassing the existing NHL record for most wins by an NHL expansion team held by the 93-94 Florida Panthers and Anaheim Mighty Ducks, who both had 33 wins.

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 26 shots for Vegas.

Joel Armia and Kyle Connor scored for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck took the loss for Winnipeg, who dropped to 30-13-9, stopping 28 shots.

Joel Armia opened the scoring with just under five minutes remaining in the first period when Joel Hendricks found him alone in front of an empty Vegas net.

Hendricks hustled in on the forecheck to scoop up a loose puck which Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury misplayed behind the net following a Kyle Connor dump in.

Hendricks flipped a backhand pass to Armia, who shovelled the disc into an empty net to make it 1-0 Winnipeg at 15:10.

Reilly Smith tied the contest with a shorthanded marker at 12:10 of the 2nd period when he knocked over Jets captain Blake Wheeler at the Winnipeg blue line, broke in alone and beat goaltender Connor Hellebuyck with a high shot to knot the contest at 1.

The goal was his 14th of the season.

Erik Haula gave Vegas the lead on the power play with a controversial goal late in the second period after it appeared Connor Hellebucyk had been interfered with.

The Jets challenged the goal for goaltender interference as Knights forward James Neal hit Hellebuyck in the head with his stick, breaking it in the process but Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien lifted the Vegas forwards'stick, changing the trajectory of the follow through causing Neal's stick to hit Hellebuyck in the head.

Erik Haula poked the loose puck, which was sitting behind Hellebuyck's right skate, into the goal to score his 19th of the season.

The call left the Jets goaltender puzzled afterward.

"What (the official) said is the puck wasn’t covered, it was laying in the crease, so the guy was allowed to take a two-hand smack to my face. I don’t understand it. I think it’s a terrible call. You would think the video replay is there for that reason. I don’t even think their team wanted that goal, obviously they’re going to take it. That’s just dirty and I don’t put it on that. That’s hockey," he said.

But Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler was still livid about the call following the game “Well, now it’s bad. It was bad before but come on, (he) fucking breaks a stick over his head. That’s not a goal. I don’t care where the puck is. Right before we went over there, I was told that if Connor’s in the crease and he makes contact with him with his stick, it’s no goal. So, I came back to the bench pretty confident that it was going to be no goal. If anything, we should have been on a five-minute power play or something. That was tough."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice was candid in his assessment of the play.

"I don't know how there would be an event that would be more egregious with goaltender interference, just beyond the spirit of the rule," said Maurice. "The idea that a guy could clean a goalie out would be goalie interference, but a two-hand to the head wouldn't. What are we going to do with our goalies now. The puck's loose in the crease, so swing away?"

Kyle Connor tied the contest with 2:36 remaining in regulation, converting a Joel Armia feed from the side boards before Connor snapped a shot from the face off circle past Fleury, beating him high glove side to make it 2-2.

The game went to overtime.

David Perron scored with 1:03 remaining to clinch the win for the Golden Knights. Vegas Head Coach Gerard Gallant said his team was effective but not at their best.

"I mean they (Jets) forecheck as hard as any team we've seen all year. And we had a lot of trouble getting out of our zone and you know fortunately for us they didn't get a ton of shots. But they played a good game and they play a hard game and that's the way they play and that's why they're successful."

"We weren't great. We found a way. We know we're playing a good team that plays a physical game. Like I said I don't think we were great and we didn't play one of our better games but again we found a way," he added.



Published in Game Stories
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 03:38

Jets power down Lightning 3-1

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Michael Hutchinson hadn't spoken to the media since being assigned to the AHL's Manitoba Moose out of training camp.

He did break his silence recently after being recalled to the NHL's Winnipeg Jets this week.

But on Tuesday night he let his play do the talking as he turned aside 23 shots to earn his first win of the season, a 3-1 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Hutchinson, who clearly isn't in the Jets plans for the future, got some help on the evening as the Lightning hit four goalposts.

But he got the win as the Jets kicked off a ten-game home stand by beating the best team in the National Hockey League.

It was a goaltender wing-ding of sorts that landed him his first start of the season as the Jets called up his goaltending partner Eric Comrie over the AHL All Star break before sending him back to Manitoba and recalling Hutchinson, who was participating in the All Star festivities in Utica, New York before catching an early morning flight back to Winnipeg to make his first NHL start of the year.

Indeed a night of strange firsts.

Tampa's Matthew Peca tallied his first of the season with 29 seconds remaining in the opening period.

But that would be all the offence the league leading Lightning could muster on this night as the Jets scored twice in the second period before Bryan Little scored an insurance goal with 5:25 remaining in regulation to give the Jets their first win following the NHL All Star break and their 68th point of the season.

Winnipeg got goals from Patrick Laine, Kyle Connor and Bryan Little.

Blake Wheeler paced the Jets offence as the Captain chipped in two assists on the night.

Matthew Peca scored for Tampa Bay.

Peca opened the scoring late in the first period when he slipped past the Winnipeg defence before Brayden Point hit him with a crisp pass before Peca pivoted and beat Winnipeg goaltender Michael Hutchinson blocker side with a quick wrist shot at 19:31.

The goal was his first of the season.

With the Jets enjoying a two-man advantage Patrick Laine tied the contest 3:30 into the second period when Blake Wheeler threaded the needle finding Laine with a cross ice pass that the Jet captain slipped under Ryan Callahan's stick which the Finn one timed past a stunned Louis Domingue to tie the contest at 1.

The goal was his 23rd of the season.

Kyle Connor pounced on a rebound off a Blake Wheeler shot at 8:55 sliding the puck past Dominigue to give Winnipeg a 2-1 lead.

The goal was his 16th of the season.

Bryan Little scored the insurance marker with 5:25 remaining in the third period, backhanding a rebound off a Matthieu Perreault shot to make it 3-1 Winnipeg.

The goal was his 11th of the season.



Published in Game Stories
Monday, 22 January 2018 03:43

Jets edge Canucks 1-0

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Patrick Laine scored his team leading 21st goal of the season and Connor Hellebuyck turned aside all 29 shots he faced to earn the shutout as the Winnipeg Jets blanked the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 Sunday night. The shutout was his 4th of the year.

The win was their 2nd straight and put them back in 1st place in the NHL's Central Division with 63 points on the season.

Anders Nilsson took the loss for Vancouver, his 6th straight, turning aside 35 shots.

Patrick Laine scored 11:45 into the first period, converting a Blake Wheeler feed from behind the Vancouver net to score his 21st goal of the season.

Wheeler got control of the disc and skated behind the net, hitting Laine in the deep slot which the Finnish winger slid past goaltender Anders Nilsson to put the Jets up 1-0.

There was no scoring in the second or third periods.

The Canucks return home to face Los Angeles Tuesday while Winnipeg visits San Jose.



Published in Game Stories
Sunday, 07 January 2018 22:43

Jets down Sharks 4-1

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Matthieu Perreault fired a pair of goals and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves as the Winnipeg Jets closed out a two-game homestand with a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks Sunday afternoon.

The win was their 16th at home this season.

Matt Hendricks and Marko Dano added singles for Winnipeg, who moved to 25-11-7 overall.

Andrew Copp and Tyler Myers each had a pair of assists for the Jets.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler extended his points game streak to 6 games with an assist and has 8 points since being moved to centre following Mark Scheifele's injury in late December.

Connor Hellebuyck earned his 23rd win of the season.

Logan Couture scored San Jose's lone goal of the afternoon.

Martin Jones turned aside 26 shots for the Sharks, who dropped to 21-13-6.

Matt Hendricks opened the scoring 12:42 into the first period hustling on a loose puck before breaking alone on San Jose goaltender Martin Jones and beating him with a high backhander to make it 1-0 Jets.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Marko Dano tipped a puck past Jones at 11:03 to put Winnipeg up 2-0.

Jacob Trouba fired a shot from the right point that Dano managed to get his stick on, with the puck trickling through the Sharks goaltender's pads to give the Jets a two-goal lead.

The goal was his 2nd of the season.

Logan Couture pulled San Jose to within a goal at 14:27 when he one timed a Joe Pavelski feed past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, beating him high blocker side from the top of the left faceoff circle to make it 2-1. The goal was his 16th of the season.

Matthieu Perreault restored Winnipeg's two-goal cushion on the power play late in the second period, tipping a puck inbetween Jones' pads to make it 3-1 Jets at 19:03.

Tyler Myers feathered a pass to Joel Armia in the slot which the Jet winger redirected to Perreault who was by the San Jose crease.

Matthieu Perreault added an empty netter at 16:48 to seal the win for the Jets.

The goal was his 12th of the season.



Published in Winnipeg Jets
Saturday, 06 January 2018 04:44

Jets edge Sabres 4-3

Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Blake Wheeler scored once and added an assist to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 win over the visiting Buffalo Sabres Friday night.

The Jets captain continued scoring with the move over from the wing to centre postion since Mark Scheifele went down with injury against the Edmonton Oilers, registering points in his last five games.

But he isn't buying into the hype.

“It’s the ebbs and flows of the season. In four games, you have 10 points. Sometimes you’ll go five or six games and just a couple of them. I’ve told you all along, it’s not about points for me. It’s finding a way to help our team win. Obviously, when Scheifele went down, I wanted to step up and make an impact, but I’m not alone in that. I think everyone did that. Team has been playing good, puck has been finding me," said Wheeler.

"I think it’s just coincidence," he added.

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