Moose edge Stars 2-1 to sweep series

Thursday, 14 November 2019 03:38
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Emile Poirier scored the game winner 10:52 into the second period and Mikhail Berdin stopped 36 shots as the Manitoba Moose edged the Texas Stars 2-1 Wednesday night.

The win was their 4th straight as Manitoba swept the two-game series.

Kristian Vesalainen also scored for the Moose.

Mikhail Berdin made 36 saves for Manitoba, who moved to 7-8-0-0.

Landon Bow took the loss for Texas, who lost their ninth in a row.

The Moose got on the board first with a power play marker late in the first period.

Kristian Vesalainen scored with 22 seconds remaining after taking a feed from Sami Niku before stepping into a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle and beating Texas goaltender Landon Bow with a low wrister.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Texas drew even at 9:14 of the second when Brian Mclure tipped a Adam Mascherin shot from the right side boards past Berdin to score his 3rd goal of the season.

Emile Poirier restored the Manitoba lead 1:38 later when he shook his check while driving the net hard and snapped a Cole Maier feed past Bow to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 2nd of the season.

There was no scoring in the 3rd period.



NOTES-RW Jan Spacek was recalled to the Winnipeg Jets earlier in the day.

Avalanche bury Jets 4-0

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 04:49
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-If Colorado Avalanche rookie goaltender Adam Werner has a nervous bone in his body, he's not letting on.

The 22 year-old made his NHL debut Tuesday night in unorthodox fashion, replacing starter Pavel Francouz just over half a minute into the game after Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele barrelled into him after releasing a shot.

The result was the back of Francouz's head bouncing off the ice with an almost certain concussion.

Enter Werner, who settled in quickly, stopping all 40 shots he faced in his first NHL game.

Ironically, the NHL isn't awarding Werner with a shutout because he didn't play the full game but instead awarded a team shutout to Colorado.

But that isn't fazing Werner in the least.

"You just get in there for a short time, try to have fun and play my game," said Werner. "I get a pretty great start there, an easy shot and get the feeling of the puck and the guys help me so much. It was a nice game to play for me."

Avs leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon, who had a four point night himself couldn't stop raving about Werner's performance.

“It's amazing. I'm really happy for him. It's an amazing performance for (Werner). First start ever, came in so comfortably and made some huge saves. It wasn't just an easy game for him," he said.

"He must be so proud of himself and all his family and friends I'm sure are so proud of him so it's a really cool moment for him," he added.

Nathan MacKinnon had a pair of goals and added two assists for Colorado.

Cale Makar also scored for the Avalanche (11-5-2), who won the opening game of a five-game road trip.

Joonas Donskoi had a goal and an assist.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 21 shots for Winnipeg, who closed out a four-game homestand with a loss.

The Jets dropped to 10-8-1.

Cale Makar put the Avalanche on the board with just under a minute remaining in the opening period.

The Colorado defenceman took a feed from Nathan MacKinnon before moving in off the left side boards and wiring a high wrister past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

There was no scoring in the second period.

Nathan MacKinnon gave the Avalanche the lead early in the third when he worked a give-and-go with Matt Calvert before snapping a quick wrister past Hellebuyck, Calvert tapped the disc back to MacKinnon in the high slot before he beat the Jet goaltender high blocker side 18 seconds into the period.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

MacKinnon broke free at 7:13, blowing past the Winnipeg defence before firing a low shot past Hellebuyck to give the Avalanche a two-goal lead.

The goal was his 11th of the season.

Joonas Donskoi scored his 9th goal of the season at 13:13, knocking rebound off a Nazem Kadri shot past Hellebuyck to make it 4-0 Avalanche.

Avalanche Head Coach Jared Bednar labelled Werner as the story.

"I'm really happy for the kid. He's been up here working (AHL callup), excited to be here and gets thrown into the game early and then to have the performance he had...we weren't great with the puck tonight. We turned the puck over a lot. Our guys worked extremely hard to defend but then we handed the puck back Winnipeg a lot. On turnovers you tend to see the best scoring chances against."

"Werns was awesome, he was making saves all over the place 5-on-5, some of those turnovers and on the power play. He just looked real solid, square to the puck. You know I guess sometimes you get thrown into the heat of the battle when you're not expecting it and you get a great performance," he said.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice wasn't dejected about the result on the night.

"Not at all, what’s the final number, 40-24. We got beat by four goals so we’re not brag that we dominated the game. I didn’t feel that way. Their guy made a bunch of good saves. We had a bunch of good chances that didn’t go for us. At 3-0 we made a mistake on a play that we were maybe cheating on a little bit to try and get back into the game," he said.

Both teams see action next on Thursday as Colorado visits Edmonton and Winnipeg travels to Florida.



Jets outshine Stars 3-2 in overtime

Sunday, 10 November 2019 23:02
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Mark Scheifele's goal 21 seconds into overtime lifted the Jets to a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars Sunday afternoon.

Scheifele picked up the puck in his own corner after defenceman Josh Morrissey won a puck battle and broke down almost the entire length of the ice on a 2-on-1 with Kyle Connor but elected to shoot the puck instead of passing it.

The decision proved to be the right one as he beat Dallas goaltender Anton Khubodin short side just inside the right goal post to give the Jets their fourth win in their last five games, sending the sellout crowd home happy.

"At first I thought Heiskanen was going to come over a little more and I was going to go into the triangle to KC, but he kinda backed off a little bit and I thought I’d just shoot it," said Scheifele, who has two overtime winners this season.

Winnipeg overcame a one-goal lead heading into the third, something that wasn't lost on Jets captain Blake Wheeler.

"We have confidence in all situations at this point. We’ve come back from four down and won a hockey game. I think the best thing is when we’re down a goal we don’t change our game, we don’t cheat the game, we don’t stretch or do things that aren’t in our DNA. The game-tying goal is a perfect example of that. Throw a puck to the net from a bad angle, bounces around to our guy’s tape and he buries it. That says it all right there," he said.

Patrik Laine and Andrew Copp also scored for Winnipeg, who moved to 10-7-1 on the season.

Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets.

Mattias Janmark and Radek Faksa scored for Dallas, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Anton Khubodin turned aside 26 shots for the Stars, who opened their four-game Canadian road trip with a loss.

Patrik Laine put the Jets on the board late in the first period with a power play marker.

With Jamie Benn off for interference, Laine stepped into a Neal Pionk feed at the top of the right face off circle and blasted a slapshot past Stars goaltender Anton Khubodin, beating him high glove side.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Mattias Janmark tied the game 5:22 into the second after Jason Dickinson stripped Jet defenceman Neal Pionk of the puck behind the Winnipeg goal.

Janmark moved in unchecked before snapping the disc into a wide open net.

The goal was his 2nd of the season.

Radek Faksa gave Dallas the lead just over halfway into the second, redirecting a Esa Lindell shot from the point past Hellebuyck.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Andrew Copp tied it up just under two minutes into the third, firing a rebound off a Tucker Poolman shot into a wide open net after Dallas goaltender Anton Khubodin kicked right onto his stick.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

"I think we’ve proved to ourselves that we can come back in any game this year," said Copp.

"Any game where we’re down a goal or two goals, it doesn’t really matter how much time is left. We have the confidence we can do it. We’ve done it before. I don’t think there’s any real panic in our room when we get down a goal, we know the firepower that we have.”

Dallas captain Jamie Benn, mired in a 13 game scoring drought said the game is simple from his point of view.

"You get pretty much at least one Grade A scoring chance a game. I mean you either put it in the back of the net or you don't. You know and then from there you either continue to keep getting chances or you try and set your teammates up," he said.

Stars Head Coach Jim Montgomery was succint in his assessment of the game.

"They (players) have to decide whose going to be a difference maker. I mean, look who scored for the Jets. We got really good big goals from Janmark and Faksa and that's our third and fourth line."

"It's really important. You need your number one centre and your number one left winger to step up and do more," he added.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice thought his club grew with the overtime win against a tough divisional opponent.

"The first two periods really ... it’s a grinder. It’s hard on every puck. They’ve got a real veteran team, I think average age is 29. So they’ve learned to be hard on sticks, hard on pucks. So there wasn’t a lot of easy movement for two periods to feel that. I think we skated again better in the third. I liked the way we mentally handled that. We got comfortable in the game I’m not saying we’re not built to play but we’ve got some speed here and not a lot of weight on the wings so they can excel in kind of a fast-paced game."

"But learning how to play the grinder is real important," he added.

Dallas continues a four-game road trip Wednesday in Calgary while Winnipeg wraps up a four-game homestand Tuesday night against Colorado.



Jets vs Canucks Highlights

Saturday, 09 November 2019 04:51

Jets down Canucks 4-1

Saturday, 09 November 2019 03:51
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist to pace the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks Friday night.

The Jet winger set up the game winner just over three minutes left in the second period and scored the insurance marker unassisted on a breakaway with 6:05 remaining in the third period.

Jack Roslovic, Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry also scored for Winnipeg, who registered their first win of their four-game homestand after dropping a 2-1 decision to New Jersey on Tuesday.

Connor Hellebucyk turned aside 32 shots for the Jets, who moved to 9-7-1 on the season.

J.T Miller scored Vancouver's lone goal on the night.

Thatcher Demko stopped 31 shots for the Canucks, who dropped to 9-5-3.

There was no scoring in the first period.

J.T. Miller scored 6:53 into the second period to put the Canucks on the board.

Miller redirected a Troy Stecher pass off the right goal post past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to make it 1-0.

Brock Boeser worked his way into the Winnipeg zone before stopping and hitting Stecher with a cross ice pass just inside the blue line.

Stecher moved in before hitting Miller's stick with a crisp pass as the puck ricocheted off the left post, just crossing the goal line to record Miller's 8th tally of the season.

Jack Roslovic tied the contest 11:54 into the second when he got control of the puck along the left side boards deep in the Vancouver zone before working his way in front of Demko and unleashing a shot before snapping up his own rebound and firing it past the Vancouver netminder.

Mark Scheifele gave the Jets lead late in the second period as he snapped up a rebound off a Kyle Connor shot before lifting the disc over Demko's right pad to give the Jets a 2-1 lead at 16:54.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

Kyle Connor made it 3-1 13:35 into the third, breaking in alone and beating Demko with a high wrister.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

Connor's goal came just seconds after a bad giveaway in the Jets end that resulted in Hellebuyck having to make a spectaular save.

With Winnipeg about to break out of their own end, Andrew Copp had his pocket picked from behind resulting in an almost sure goal for the Canucks.

After the ensuing faceoff Connor tipped the puck past Vancouver defenceman Tyler Myers at the Jet blue line before rocketing past him and snapping a high shot past Demko to give Winnipeg some breathing room.

Adam Lowry added an empty netter with 1:45 left in regulation to clinch the win for the Jets.

The goal was his first of the season.

Both teams next see action on Sunday.

Winnipeg hosts Dallas while Vancouver returns home to face New Jersey.



Devils edge Jets 2-1 in Shootout

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 05:04
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Nikita Gusev netted the game winning tally in the shootout Tuesday night as the New Jersey Devils edged the Winnipeg Jets by a 2-1 score.

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 32 shots for New Jersey, who have now won two games in a row to open a five-game road trip and have registered points in six of their last seven games.

Andrew Copp scored the lone Jets goal on the night.

Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for Winnipeg, who lost for the first time in their last three games.

Nico Hischier scored 4:44 into the first period to give New Jersey the early lead.

Hischer shovelled a rebound past Connor Hellebuyck after Taylor Hall followed up on his own rebound.

The disc ended up right on Hischer's stick as he slid a backhand shot past Hellebucyk's outstretched pad.

Andrew Copp tied the contest 8:38 into the second when he tipped a Josh Morrissey shot from the left point past New Jersey goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood on it's way past to make it 1-1.

The goal was his second of the season.

The game took an eerie turn at 7:27 of the third period when Jets centre Bryan Little was hit by a Nikolaj Ehlers slapshot by the side of the Devils net.

The crowd waited in silence while he was tended to.

He left the ice under the assistance of a team trainer and did not return.

There was no scoring in the third period and the game went to overtime.

The play favored Winnipeg in overtime but New Jersey got a late power play when Blake Wheeler was called for tripping at 4:22.

There was no scoring in overtime and the game went to a shootout.

"They played a really hard team game out there," said Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood. "It was awesome to see. Guys were buying in, blocking shots, doing self-less little plays that don't show up on the scoreboard, but affect the outcome of the game by not turning pucks over at the wrong times and managing the clock well."

The win was gratifying for the Devils, who had a rough start to the regular season, winning only twice in the month of October.

"Well you know we went through some struggles in the beginning of the year and I think there's a lot of outside noise and things like that. We really stuck to the process and we really stuck together and understood we were working through some things and it didn't seem to matter what was going on inside the locker room," said Devils Head Coach John Hynes.

"We saw our play getting better and we weren't getting the results we wanted. But it was getting better and better and that's something we talked about. Sometimes when you're in a rut you have to get your play better first. And sometimes you may play better and not win. Once you come out of it you give yourself an opportunity to win some games," said Hynes.

Though Winnipeg collected a point on the night, it wasn't the outcome the Jets wanted.

"Nothing ever comes easy for us, that’s our team," said Jets captain Blake Wheeler. "So, we gotta battle for every inch and stay in the fight, stay with it. All easier said than done, but for the most part I think our team has done that this year. There hasn’t been any give, there hasn’t been any times where we’ve – obviously, there have been times where we haven’t played out best – but for the most part it’s been us fighting through it, trying to salvage a result."

New Jersey continues their road trip on Thursday in Calgary.

Winnipeg hosts Vancouver Friday.

SHOOTOUT- NEW JERSEY-Gusev (score), Boqvist (score)

WINNIPEG-Connor (miss), Laine (miss)



Kings edge Jets 3-2

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 03:00
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Anze Kopitar's power play goal 5:52 into the third period was the game winner Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-2 score.

The Kings centreman took a Drew Doughty feed at the Jet blue line before breaking past defenceman Josh Morrissey and lifted a backhand shot Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck could only get a piece of.

The goal was his 4th of the season and gave the Kings a win to open up a four-game road trip.

Austin Wagner and Kurtis Macdermid also scored for Los Angeles.

Jonathan Quick made 26 saves for the Kings, who moved to 4-5-0 on the season.

Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg.

Kyle Connor also scored for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 38 shots for Winnipeg, who dropped to 5-6-0.

Austin Wagner got Los Angeles on the board at 10:32 of the first when he Kyle Connor tied the contest at 17:07 after Bryan Little got a hold of the puck at the top of the right face off circle before feeding Connor in the slot, who promptly snapped the disc past a shocked Jonathan Quick, beating him blocker side, just under the cross bar.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Los Angeles took the lead 4:16 into the second when Kurtis Macdermid when he hustled out of the penalty box and fired a high shot which handcuffed Hellebuyck before following up on his rebound and beating him with a low shot that crossed the line before he got his right pad on it.

The play continued for 51 seconds before it was determined to be a goal via video review at the next stoppage in play.

The goal was his first of the season.

Nikolaj Ehlers tied the game after tipping a puck past Quick at 12:28 of the second period off a Neal Pionk shot.

The puck changed direction and beat Quick just inside the right post.

Los Angeles took the lead on the power play just under six minutes into the third.

With Carl Dahlstrom off for holding, Anze Kopitar took a feed from Drew Doughty before breaking in on Hellebuyck and lifting a backhand over his glove hand to give the Kings a 3-2 lead at 5:52.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Winnipeg got a late power play with 58 seconds left in the third but failed to score.



Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Patrik Laine scored the game winner in the shootout as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Edmonton Oilers 1-0 Sunday night.

The Jets snapped a three-game losing skid with the win.

Jets defenceman Carl Dahlstrom appeared to have broken the scoreless drought 8:27 into the third, but the goal was called back due to the play being offside.

There was no scoring in regulation and the game went to overtime.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 28 shots for Winnipeg, posting his 14th career shutout in the process as Winnipeg moved to 5-5-0 on the season.

Mike Smith turned aside 23 shots for Edmonton, who saw their two-game winning streak come to an end.

Oiler winger James Neal said the goaltending was strong on both sides.

"They (Smith and Hellebuyck) were great. They were really good. High-end saves back and forth. I think I just heard Smitty say it was not too much fun for the goalies, but I think it's obviously fun to watch," he said.

Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler said it was good to get the win following some challenging times.

"It’s good to get a result. Obviously, it’s been tough around here. I think the quality of our play isn’t reflective of of the results we’re getting recently. So, it’s good to finally get one," he said.

Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice posted his 700th career win on the night, becoming only the 7th coach in NHL history to do so.

"No, when you’re starting young you’re thinking ‘Wow, if I could coach 500 games in this league that would be a milestone.’ You don’t even consider coaching 1,000 games. It’s really since I’ve been in Winnipeg and come to Winnipeg that the numbers have really started to pile up. The last few years started to coach the best teams I’ve ever coached here so you win more hockey games. It’s nice. I’m still a young man. Would like to do it for a while,” he said.


EDMONTON-Nugent Hopkins (miss), McDavid (miss)

WINNIPEG-Connor (score), Laine (score)



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