Sunday, 17 February 2019 04:01

Sens edge Jets 4-3 in OT

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Ryan Dzingel scored the game winner 3:44 into overtime as the Ottawa Senators edged the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in overtime Saturday night.

The Senators winger took a saucer pass from Chris Tierney before skating in and beating Winnipeg goaltender Laurent Brossoit with a backhand deke before calmly sliding the puck into a wide open goal.

The tally was his 22nd of the season.

"I put (Chris) Tierney in a bad spot on the blue line and he chips it in and then makes a great pass. Like I joke around that he's skating at half speed at the time, but when you make plays like that you can skate as slow as you want," quipped Dzingel.

"He's been playing really good for us and he's been a guy we leaned on a lot lately," he added.

In fact, Dzingel is enjoying his best NHL season to date and that comes as no surprise to Senators Head Coach Guy Boucher.

"If you look at Zinger, he started his NHL career, he was a little jittery, an extremely fast guy whose vision is probably more limited than it is now. His second year you could see his understanding of the game grew, calming his game down a little bit and that's why you see him making plays a lot more than the last two years."

Mark Stone had a goal and an assist for Ottawa.

Rudolfs Balcers and Matt Duchene added singles for the Senators, who beat the Jets for the second time in the last week.

Anders Nilsson picked up the win, making 23 saves for Ottawa, who moved to 22-31-5 on the season.

Tyler Myers had a pair of goals for the Jets and Brandon Tanev chipped in a goal and an assist.

Laurent Brossoit turned aside 37 shots for Winnipeg, who dropped to 36-19-4.

Mark Stone got Ottawa on the board with a power play marker 1:38 into the game when he hammered a Brady Tkachuk feed past Laurent Brossoit to score his 27th of the season.

Brandon Tanev scored on a shorthanded breakaway just under the three minute mark when Adam Lowry thwarted the Ottawa rush at the blue line before Tanev darted ahead and picked up the disc at the centre red line before breaking in and beating Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson with a backhand deke.

Tyler Myers gave the Jets the lead just 2:37 later when Brandon Tanev hit him with a backhand pass from the corner on his way to the net.

Myers beat Nilsson high glove side to make it 2-1.

The two shorthanded goals by the Jets were the fastest two shorthanded markers in Jets history.

Ottawa tied the game on the power play when Rudolfs Balcers got his stick on a shot from the point and redirected the disc past Brossoit to make it 2-2 at 13:53.

Ben Chiarot appeared to give Winnipeg the lead just fifteen seconds later, keeping the puck in at the Ottawa blue line before skating in and drifting a high wrister past Nilsson but the play was challenged successfully by the Senators as being offside.

With Jacob Trouba off serving a double minor for high sticking, Matt Duchene gave Ottawa the lead 47 seconds into the third on the power play, one timing a Bobby Ryan cross crease feed past Brossoit to make it 3-2.

The goal was his 27th of the season.

Tyler Myers scored on a slapshot from the point at 14:01 to make it 3-3.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

The game went to overtime.

Winnipeg defenceman Tyler Myers, who had a pair of goals in the loss, said there is still confidence in the Jets room despite the losses lately.

"No concern. All of the guys in the room, we have a confident group in what our top speed is, what our top level is. I’ve said it before but sometimes the challenge, when you’ve had so much success and you are where we are in the standings, you almost have to create a little bit of hype for yourself going into a game at this stage. For the most part, we’ve been pretty good at it. Every team goes through a tough stretch at some point. We’re facing a little adversity right now, we’ll get our life back and finish (with) a good last 20 here."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said his club has been struggling lately.

"We are concerned. Going into tonight, it was the first five-game block of the season where we’re under .500 at 2-3. So yeah, you’re concerned."



Friday, 15 February 2019 03:32

Avs topple Jets 4-1

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Gabriel Landeskog's first period tally held up as the game winner as the Colorado Avalanche downed the Winnipeg Jets by a 4-1 score Thursday night.

The goal was his 30th of the season.

Nathan MacKinnon hit Landeskog with a nifty backhand drop pass which the Avalanche captain skated into before lifting a backhand shot past Connor Hellebuyck to make it 2-1 Colorado.

The win snapped an eight game losing skid for the Avalanche.

Dominic Toninato, J.T. Compher and Sven Andrighetto scored for Colorado.

Matt Nieto had a pair of assists for the Avalanche.

Seymon Varlamov made 24 saves to pick up the win for Colorado.

Brandon Tanev scored for Winnipeg, who suffered their first regulation loss at home in their last ten games.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots for the Jets.

Dominic Toninato put Colorado on the board 5:21 into the first period, scoring his first career NHL goal after driving the net hard and snapping up a rebound off a A.J. Greer shot to make it 1-0.

"It felt great," said Toninato. "It felt great getting the first one out of the way and I can just concentrate on playing my game. But most importantly, we got the win. We’ve been struggling for that, so it was nice to get the win and hopefully we can get rolling now."

Gabriel Landeskog scored at 10:29 to give the Avalanche a two-goal lead.

Brandon Tanev cut the Avalanche lead in half when Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov didn't hug his goalpost after and Tanev fired a puck short side after working his way into the Colorado zone with the puck.

The goal was his 12th of the season.

"Just trying to make a simple play to the net and was fortunate to ramp up the defender’s stick and it caught (Varlamov) off guard and it was lucky enough to go in," said Tanev.

J.T. Compher restored the two-goal lead for Colorado 6:12 into the second period with a shorthanded goal.

With Samuel Girard off for a delay-of-game penalty, Matt Nieto hit Compher with a bank pass off the neutral zone boards before Compher skated in alone and beat Hellebuyck with a forehand deke to make it 3-1.

Sven Andrighetto scored an insurance goal at 16:21 of the third period when he one timed a Matt Nieto feed past Hellebuyck.

Colorado Head Coach Jared Bednar said the win was much needed.

"Ya I mean we needed that (win). We needed that bad. And it's not just the win it's the way our team played. Fantastic team effort, real strong commitment to check. All the details of our game and the whole lineup. No passengers. I liked a lot of things we did. Our penalty kill was really good, our top line was going right away."

Jets defenceman Tyler Myers said they expected Colorado to push hard.

"Yeah, we knew they were going to be a desperate team coming in, and they were. Give them credit, they played a good 60 minutes of hockey. We didn’t. I thought we got away from simplifying our game a little bit. But we’ve regrouped and bounced back before. We’ll do it next game," said Myers.

Winnipeg hosts Ottawa on Saturday while Colorado faces St. Louis at home.



Wednesday, 13 February 2019 03:32

Jets edge Rangers 4-3 in come from behind win

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Winnipeg, Manitoba(NHN)-Andrew Copp fired the game winning goal 7:20 into the third period to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers Tuesday night.

The fourth line centre converted a Mason Appleton feed, firing the disc through Henrik Lundqvist's pads to give the Jets their 8th win in their last 9 home contests.

"It was kind of a 2 on 2 rush. I was just trying to be in the right spot for if that puck did bounce out or if there was a rebound or something. I was just trying to get in that guy’s blind spot, that was covering me, and I was able to kinda get past him. Apps started making a play to the net and I was fortunate to put it in," said Copp.

The Jets fired a pair of goals just under a minute apart in the third period to take the game away from the Rangers, who fought hard to get the lead early in the final frame.

Winnipeg is now 12-0-0 when tied after the second period.

"Yeah, I think what we’re really good at is playing in the other team’s end, so we can kind of grind down a team over the course of 60 minutes. We didn’t have our best for the full 60 tonight, for sure. But we’re confident in our game and we kinda reset after two, we said ‘You know, we’re tied at home, we gotta win these games.’ I think it just says a lot about our confidence and our ability to mentally reset," said Copp.

Joe Morrow scored his first of the season at 5:22 off a slapshot from the right point to tie it before Copp gave the Jets the lead 1:59 later.

Mark Scheifele scored twice and added an assist for Winnipeg.

Joe Morrow also scored for the Jets, who moved to 36-18-3 on the season.

The win also moved them atop the Western Conference standings with 75 points.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 34 shots for the Jets.

Mika Zibanejad had a pair of goals for the Rangers.

Pavel Buchnevich had the other New York goal.

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 32 shots for the Rangers, who dropped to 24-24-3 on the season.

Mark Scheifele scored just under five minutes into the first period, converting a Joe Morrow feed from the right point to give the Jets an early lead.

Kyle Connor hit Morrow with a crisp pass from the corner before the Jet defenceman found Scheifele with a cross ice feed which he promptly fired past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Scheifele made it 2-0 at 18:36, gaining control of the puck just outside his own blue line before skating down the right side boards, pulling the puck into his body before unleashing a wrister, beating Lundqvist blocker side, just inside the post to score his 30th of the season at 18:36.

“It was a great play," said Scheifele. "Obviously he knocked it out of the air, and then he got on his horse to drive the middle for me, obviously cleared a lot of space. I was looking for KC to maybe pop open and it didn’t and it was a great play by Wheels.”

Mika Zibanejad got New York on the board 38 seconds into the second period, scoring from the side boards after his shot went in off of Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba's skate.

With Dustin Byfuglien off for elbowing New York drew even when Pavel Buchnevich redirected a Ryan Strome shot past Hellebuyck at 19:19 to tie the game at 2.

Mika Zibanejad scored just under a minute into the third when he got another fortunate bounce, this time off of defenceman Jacob Trouba's leg and then Josh Morrissey's stick and past Hellebuyck to give New York a 3-2 lead.

The goal was his 25th of the season.

Joe Morrow tied it up on a slapshot from the right point at 5:22, converting a Mark Scheifele feed.

The goal was his first of the season.

Andrew Copp gave the Jets the lead 7:21 into the third, squeezing the puck through Lundqvist's pads to make it 4-3.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

Rangers winger Mika Zibanejad, who had a pair of goals in the contest, liked the way his club battled back.

"I thought we dug ourselves a hole in the first but I thought we battled the last two periods," he said.

"I always say it's nice to see the bounces go in but we didn't win today so it doesn't really matter," he added.

New York Head Coach David Quinn said the game was an uphill battle and one they could have won.

"Really disappointing because I thought for forty minutes we played really well and hard. We dug ourselves that hole in the first period where we were flat and didn't have a lot going on, you know. But I think it's a good sign we battled back. We turned the switch on which isn't easy to do when you play that poorly in the first to come out the way we did in the second and third," said Quinn.

"We've got to be dialed in on that, focus on that and build on that. It was a winnable game for us and disappointing we didn't come out with two points," he added.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said the game went through different phases.

"The first period was a big bulk of the game that we played in Buffalo. It’s the way we played offensively in Ottawa. No, I didn’t care for the second period. But I almost thought we needed… let me rephrase it, we got a real bad break on the 3-2 goal. We had bad break on the first one, we kicked the first one off… we almost needed that to snap back, to go back to what we were doing in the first and then we did that and we were a much better hockey team."



Wednesday, 06 February 2019 04:40

Sharks edge Jets 3-2 in OT

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Joe Pavelski scored shorthanded 2:39 into overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night. The Sharks were penalized for too-many-men in overtime and faced a potent Jet power play before defenceman Brett Burns poked the puck away from Patrik Laine and broke through the neutral zone before feeding Pavelski, who rocketed a high shot past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, beating him high glove side to pick up their third straight win.

The goal was his 29th of the season.

"We made some good plays and we get a turnover on the PK there in overtime and we were able to finally catch them (Jets)," said Pavelski. "We got some kills, it was one of those games where it felt like you're on the kill all night and some guys weren't getting to play. You know some guys were getting caught out there for a long time. So the rythym of the game, the flow line to line was challenging I think for guys at times. But at the end of the night we find a big win here."

Logan Couture and Marcus Sorensen also scored for San Jose.

Martin Jones made 36 saves to pick up the win for the Sharks.

Blake Wheeler and Matthieu Perreault scored for Winnipeg, who had their seven game home winning streak snapped (34-16-3

Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for the Jets.

Martin Jones turned aside 36 shots for the Sharks, who won their first game on a four-game Western Canadian road trip.

San Jose faces Calgary on Thursday.

Winnipeg travels to Montreal to face the Canadiens.

The game marked a milestone for Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice, who coached in his 1500th NHL game, ironically his first game was against the Sharks as well.

Blake Wheeler scored 3:08 into the first to give the Jets a 1-0 lead.

Josh Morrissey hit the Jet captain with a pass at centre ice before he broke into the Sharks zone on his off wing before beating a screened Martin Jones high glove side by shooting through defenceman Justin Braun's legs.

The goal was his 11th of the season.

Logan Couture tied the contest with a power play marker at 10:54, snapping a wrister past Connor Hellebuyck from the high slot after Joe Pavelski hit the Sharks winger with a crisp pass from the side of the net.

The goal was his 20th of the season.

“Being down just one goal, I thought we were a little bit lucky to be in that spot. (Jones) made some big saves and we got that break on the goal that was called back so wanted to take advantage of that and give ourselves a chance to win the game and that's what we did," said Couture.

The play proved costly to the Jets as defenceman Josh Morrissey suffered a lower body injury when he was hit with the initial shot. He went to the Jets dressing room and did not return.

He hasn't been ruled out for Thursday's game in Montreal.

Matthieu Perreault gave the Jets the lead 52 seconds into the second, following up on defenceman Tyler Myers who was pulling the puck backwards in the slot as the Jet winger skated into the puck and fired a low shot past Jones to make it 2-1 Winnipeg.

The point was the 300th of his NHL career.

Winnipeg appeared to go up 3-1 when Mark Scheifele beat Jones with a one timer from the slot at 9:35 of the second period.

The Sharks challenged and the play was found to be offside.

Marcus Sorensen tied the game 2:35 into the third, beating Hellebuyck just under the cross bar to make it 2-2.

The game went to overtime.



Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Jack Roslovic wasn't feeling well this morning. The 22 year-old centre left the morning skate with cramps but managed to recover in time to make the lineup for the game against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Jets are thankful that he did as Roslovic fired three power play goals and added an assist to pace the Winnipeg Jets to a 9-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night.

"Yeah. Went off the ice there in the early morning skate but I guess I toughed it out. I guess things like that happen," said Roslovic. "When I got into warmup I felt I pretty good. I warmed it up pretty good in the gym, so it was ready to go."

"Felt good. I’m not a big goal scorer so I haven’t had a hat trick in a while. And to get one in the NHL [was] pretty nice," he added.

All in all it was an epic night for the Jets, who set two franchise records, one for most goals in a period and the other for most goals at home in a single game.

Other numbers are adding up for Winnipeg as well.

The one-sided win over the Ducks was their was their 3rd in a row and 7th straight win on home ice.

Bryan Little scored twice and had an assist.

Andrew Copp had a goal and an assist.

Blake Wheeler and Brendan Lemieux also scored for Winnipeg.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 26 shots to pick up the win for the Jets, who won their third straight.

Nick Ritchie, Daniel Sprong and Devin Shore scored for the Ducks.

John Gibson and Chad Johnson combined to stop 22 shots for Anaheim.

Andrew Copp scored 2:07 into the contest, pulling the puck out of the skates of Ducks goaltender John Gibson following a Mason Appleton shot before scoring.

Jack Roslovic scored on the power play at 5:26 on a breakaway, when Jacob Trouba hit him with a stretch pass right at the Anaheim blue line before he broke in and beat him with a high shot.

Blake Wheeler gave Winnipeg a three-goal lead at 12:04, scoring his 10th goal of the season off a backhand deke.

Bryan Little converted a Dimitri Kulikov feed on a 2-on-1 at 15:18 to make it 4-0.

Roslovic scored his second power play marker of the game at 16:33 when Matthieu Perreault moved deep into the Ducks zone before hitting him with a pass at the top of the left circle before beating Gibson with a wrister just inside the left post.

Brendan Lemieux scored on a wraparound late in the first, which chased Gibson from the game as Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle pulled him in favor of Chad Johnson.

Nick Ritchie scored 1:32 into the second to breathe some life into a hapless Ducks squad, who were coming off a nine-day break.

. Daniel Sprong also found the net for the Ducks in the second period, beating Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck on a rush, depositing the puck past him off the left post after he left Jets defenceman Joe Morrow in his wake.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

With Daniel Sprong off for interference Roslovic completed the hat trick with 21 seconds left in the second period, one timing Bryan Little's feed past Johnson to make it 8-2 Jets.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Bryan Little scored just under a minute into the third to make it 9-2 Winnipeg.

Devin Shore redirected a Jakob Silfverberg shot past Hellebuyck at 12:17 to score Anaheim's third goal.

The Jets power play went 3-for-4 on the night, something that wasn't lost on Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice.

He says having a solid second unit works to his club's advantage.

"More goals. It means more goals. Kind of the history of this year is that Mark [Scheifele’s] unit gets so incredibly hot in that stretch in November and December. I think they ran 47 percent on five games and then after that, went a long stretch where their zone time was way off the charts. They were almost running two minutes at a time. We saw a piece of it tonight. And then it gets to a point where it’s going to bottom out, and that’s just the cycle of a power play. We’ve got good players for another unit, so having that means we’ve got a chance to win games when the inevitable cycle of each line five-on-five or each power-play unit, there’s going to be an ebb and flow and when one isn’t going, the other one can heat up and you can win more games."

Ducks Head Coach Randy Carlyle said his team just didn't compete.

"Well obviously the break had something to do with our sluggishness in the game and they jumped on us. We were way, way to loose in front of our net and giving them opportunities to go one-on-one with our goaltender and really hanging our goaltender out high and dry." "You know they just got multiple chances and scored too many goals from a critical area. The other issue is we looked slow to step to get inside of people and we didn't compete for the puck in a lot of areas. They won more puck battles and they were hungrier than we were to start the hockey game."



Wednesday, 16 January 2019 04:28

Jets down Golden Knights 4-1

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor scored twice and Laurent Brossoit made 43 saves as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 Tuesday night.

Connor's first tally was shorthanded and one for the highlight reel as Bryan Little's flip pass sprung the Jet winger free as he sped through the neutral zone, leaving Golden Knights defenceman Nate Schmidt in his wake before beating Marc-Andre Fleury with a forehand deke to give the Jets a 1-0 lead.

Laurent Brossoit had a strong night in goal for Winnipeg, stopping 43 shots, his only blemish an allowed goal just over a minute into the third when Brandon Pirri got his stick on a point shot and redirected it past him.

The Jets are getting their money's worth from Brossoit, who signed for an NHL minimum $650,000 for one season to back up starting goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, who was rested on the night and played backup.

He faced 26 shots in the second period alone, a franchise record.

In fact he was surprised he got the start, period.

"I was partly surprised," said Brossoit. "At the same time the competitive edge in me, every time I play well I hope that next came comes sooner and sooner. So yesterday was one of those days where I half-expected it and just looked forward." But that isn't how Jets captain Blake Wheeler sees Brossoit, who picked up his 10th win of the season.

"He’s been outstanding all year. We’ve probably said it a million times now. You can tell he came into camp with a chip on his shoulder. Something to prove. Got an opportunity here and boy has he been a difference maker for our team. He’s one of those guys that’s a driver every day. In practice, and in games. You can tell. His performance, when he’s in the net, he’s been great this year."

Matthieu Perreault and Mark Scheifele added singles for the Jets, who have won their last five home games.

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 23 shots for Vegas.

There was no scoring in the first period.

With Joe Morrow off for roughing Kyle Connor broke free, sped through the neutral zone before moving in on Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and beating him with a forehand deke to put the Jets up 1-0.

The goal was his 17th of the season.

Matthieu Perreault made it 2-0 Winnipeg 16:23 into the second off a nice individual effort, picking the puck up at the blue line before chipping it past Vegas defenceman Deryk Engelland and beating an outstretched Fleury with a backhand deke.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

Brandon Pirri got Vegas on the board just over a minute into the third, redirecting a Brayden McNabb point shot past Winnipeg goaltender Laurent Brossoit to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele added empty netters to seal the win for the Jets.

Vegas went 0-for-6 on the power play on the night, something that wasn't lost on Golden Knights winger Max Pacioretty.

"We had our opportunities. We knew that our power play had to be better to give us a chance and we weren't able to execute. But the chances were there to score goals to get back in the game we just weren't able to execute."

Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant was blunt in his assessment of the game.

"We played a real good hockey game. We made a couple of mistakes, they buried us," he said. "We kept fighting back and got that early goal in the third and made a game of it, but they played a good, solid game and their goalie was great, obviously."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice shared what his expectations are in order to give Brossoit more starts moving forward.

"Less than 45 shots as a starter," said Maurice. "He pulled a lot of weight here tonight. He certainly put him in a position where we can get far more starts out of him."



Monday, 14 January 2019 02:53

Jets pluck Ducks 4-3 in OT

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Bryan Little scored the game winner with just over ten seconds left in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 Sunday afternoon.

The Jets centre followed up on his own rebound and snapped up the loose puck, tucking it just under the crossbar to give Winnipeg to extend their home winning streak to four games.

"I was kind of trying to find a seam to Troubs (Trouba) and ended up just shooting it. I think we were both whacking at it for like four or five seconds and it got right on my stick and I just tried to shovel it up," said Little.

Blake Wheeler, Patrick Laine, Ben Chiarot also scored for the Jets.

Mark Scheifele and Bryan Little extended their point streaks to five games.

Scheifele has 7 points in that span and Little has six.

Brian Gibbons, Rickard Rakell and Andrew Cogliano scored for Anaheim, who lost their 11th straight game (19-18-9).

Carter Rowney had three assists for the Ducks.

Daniel Sprong had two assists.

John Gibson turned aside 28 shots for Anaheim.

Brian Gibbons got the Ducks on the board 2:19 into the first period after the puck took a fortunate bounce off of Jet defenceman Ben Chiarot's skate.

Gibbons shot the puck from the left side boards and Chiarot re-directed it past Connor Hellebuyck to make it Anaheim.

Rickard Rakell scored at 16:14, after Daniel Sprong hit him with a pass as he entered the offensive zone.

The Anaheim centre skated into the puck and unleashed a wrister from the hash marks, which Hellebuyck managed to get a piece of as it hit sailed past him and hit the back of the net.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

Blake Wheeler got the Jets on the board with just under a minute left in the first period when he snapped a wrsiter past a screened John Gibson to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

"It just changed the momentum a little bit and gave us a little boost," said Wheeler. "That’s the power plays job. They didn’t spend a whole lot of time in our zone in the first and they got a good break on the first (goal). To cut that (deficit) in half going into the first intermission was a little boost.”

Patrik Laine tied the contest 2:24 into the second when he one-timed a Bryan Little feed on a 2-on-1 break past Gibson, beating him high blocker side to make it 2-2.

The goal was his 25th of the season.

Andrew Cogliano made it 3-2 15:48 into the second when he beat Hellebuyck with a sharp angle shot.

The Ducks veteran managed took a pass from Daniel Sprong from the corner as he shifted from behind the net, getting to the goal line before sliding the disc under Hellebuyck's left pad to score his 3rd goal of the season.

Ben Chiarot tied the game at 14:05 of the third period when he got a shot on net from the point and the puck was redirected on it's way to the goal.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

The game went to overtime.

Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler nearly ended the game and the Ducks losing streak early in overtime when he broke in alone on Hellebuyck and made his move, a backhand deke but Hellebuyck got his left pad on it.

"He made a hell of a save," said Fowler. "You know when I'm in tight like that I have to make a 100% sure I guess. It's not a position I find myself in very often but you know hat's off to him (Hellebuyck). He made an incredible save and that one's gonna sting a little bit."

Winnipeg Jets Coach Paul Maurice said Little's overtime tally didn't surprise him in the least.

"So much of what coaches appreciate from players. The nuances of playing off other people. And his role has changed here as Mark Scheifele has emerged as the player that goes with Blake Wheeler. Now he’s playing with two young guys that are absolutely learning the game. Whether that was Nik Ehlers, tonight it was Jack Roslovic, there’s lots to learn, lots to teach. And we still expect him to produce. So he’s made all the adjustments every night, so much of it is just sheer will and determination on his part, that you’re frustrated for him when he’s not getting some results around the net because he feels that pressure, he wants to perform. With Bryan I’ve never had the sense it was about his numbers, that he had a care about that. It was helping the team win, not letting the team down. So I think he had some frustration when there weren’t some points coming, because he felt it in that manner. But he just scores big goals now. He’s got the game-winners, he’s got his confidence back. I thought the Calgary game was probably the peak of the frustration for him because he had so many good seam-looks. But his answer to all of that was just work harder and eventually he was going to benefit."



Saturday, 12 January 2019 03:33

Jets clip Wings by a 4-2 score

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor scored once and added a pair of assists to pace the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Friday night.

Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist for the Jets, who rebounded with a win after dropping a 3-2 decision to the Minnesota Wild Thursday night.

Brandon Tanev and Bryan Little also scored for Winnipeg.

Backup goaltender Laurent Broissot turned aside 33 shots to pick up the win for the Jets who moved to 28-14-2 on the season.

In fact, Brossoit has no losses in regulation in ten NHL starts this season.

But he hasn't let it get to his head.

"I’ve learned to deal with it and look at it in a different light. I try not to look at it in a statistical way. It’s cliché to say but I just focus each day by day."

Luke Glendening replied for the Wings, who lost their third straight game.

Jonathan Bernier took the loss for Detroit, turning aside 23 shots.

Brandon Tanev scored 13 seconds into the contest to give the Jets a 1-0 lead as he converted an Adam Lowry feed, beating Detroit goaltender Jonathan Bernier high glove side.

Matthieu Perreault bumped Wings defenceman Jonathan Ericsson off the puck in the corner before Lowry got a hold of the disc along the side boards before hitting Tanev with a backhand pass which the Jet forward took in the left skate before kicking the puck to his stick and snapping a shot past Bernier.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

Blake Wheeler scored with less than two seconds left in the first when Thomas Vanek deflected a hard pass from the Jet captain intended for Ben Chiarot who was driving the net past Bernier.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

Bryan Little made it 3-0 just under five minutes into the second period when he worked a give-and-go with Kyle Connor before firing a shot that Bernier only got a piece of at 4:51.

The goal was Little's third tally in his last four games and also marked a career milestone as he hit his 500th career point.

"Good. Went by fast. Trying to think of the years over my career and up to this point and it seemed like flew by. Hopefully, there’s many more to come," said Little of his milestone. "It was another one of those strange games where there was a lot of momentum shifts. We let off the gas a couple times in the second and they made a good push. It’s one of those games, it was back and forth and your lead never really felt safe."

Luke Glendening got Detroit on the board with a shorthanded tally just over the halfway mark of the second when he finished off a 2-on-1, hammering a puck past Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit blocker side to make it 3-1.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

Detroit pulled to within a goal at 6:50 of the third on the power play when Dennis Cholowski took a lateral pass from defenceman Niklas Kronwall and wired a high wrister past Brossoit, who was slow to move across with the puck.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Kyle Connor added an empty netter with just under a minute left in the third period to make it 4-2 Jets.

"You start the game and you're down 1-0 before you blink. That's a hard way you give away the goal basically," said Detroit Head Coach Jeff Blashill.

"You give up that goal and now you've given one up late (first period). So you've given one up in the first thirty seconds and one in the last ten seconds. It's a hard way to win when you're digging out from behind."

Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey said the win coming off a loss to Minnesota the night previous was needed.

"I thought it was kind of a gutsy performance. Probably not one for the entire 60 minutes that you'd use as your template at the start of the year. But, back-to-back in the NHL, obviously they didn't play last night, they were coming in here fresh. They're a fast team and I though we did a pretty good job of just kind of grinding through the game. We knew that there was going to be times where they'd get some long zone time, I guess, and some pressure on us for some points, especially in that second period. I thought we did a reasonable job of handling it, and got some big saves from (Brossoit) when we needed it. Any win in the NHL, we'll take it."



Wednesday, 09 January 2019 03:33

Jets topple Avalanche 7-4

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Blake Wheeler had a goal and three assists to pace the Winnipeg Jets to a 7-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night.

Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba each had a goal and an two assists for the Jets.

Matthieu Perreault, Kyle Connor, Bryan Little and Andrew Copp scored for Winnipeg, who won their second straight game.

Tyler Myers had a pair of assists.

Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves to pick up the win for the Jets (27-13-2). Winnipeg's special teams were key in the win, going 2-for-3 on the power play and netting a shorthanded marker with Blake Wheelers second period goal.

Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan Graves and Nathan MacKinnon scored for Colorado.

Carl Soderberg paced the Avalanche attack on the night, adding a goal and an assist.

Philipp Grubauer turned aside 14 shots for Colorado, who dropped to 20-15-8.

Winnipeg scored first just over three minutes into the opening period when Brandon Tanev sped through the neutral zone with the puck before crossing the blueline and sending Perreault in alone on Avs goaltender Philipp Grubauer before the Jet winger tucked the puck past him to make it 1-0.

With Tyson Jost off for interference Kyle Connor put the Jets up 2-0 when Blake Wheeler found him alone in front of Grubauer, hitting the winger with a heavy pass which he put off the post before shovelling his own rebound past the Colorado goaltender just inside the left post.

Gabriel Landeskog got Colorado on the board with a power play marker at 16:04, tipping a Tyson Barrie shot from the point past Connor Hellebuyck to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 26th of the season.

Blake Wheeler restored Winnipeg's two-goal cushion with a shorthanded goal 3:22 into the second period.

With Patrik Laine off for tripping, Mark Scheifele broke into the Colorado zone and hit Wheeler with a crisp pass in the high slot which the Jet captain one timed past Grubauer to make it 3-1 Jets.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Bryan Little scored on the power play 6:32 into the second when Tyler Myers spotted him alone just off the slot and sent a cross ice pass which Little took before pivoting and beating Grubauer with a high wrister to give Winnipeg a 4-1 lead.

Carl Soderberg cut the lead in half at 16:10 of the second when he streaked in alone on Hellebuyck and beat him blocker side with a forehand to make it 4-2.

The goal was his 12th of the season.

The Avalanche pulled to within a goal after a Ryan Graves took a clever pass from Mikko Rantanen off the end boards and popped out the other side of the net before sliding the puck past Hellebuyck to make it 4-3 at 17:43.

Andrew Copp made it 5-3 just under four minutes into the third when defenceman Tyler Myers just managed to keep the puck in the Avalanche zone at the blue line, getting a puck on net which Brendan Lemieux got a his stick on before the puck found it's way to Copp, who slid a backhand through Grubauer's pads to score his 3rd of the season at 3:59.

Mark Scheifele scored on a breakaway at 11:12 of the third to make it 6-3 Jets.

Blake Wheeler hit him with a breakaway pass in the neutral zone before Scheifele snagged his own rebound and bunted the puck past the Colorado goaltender to score his 23rd of the season.

With Grubauer pulled for an extra attacker Nathan MacKinnon scored at 16:24 to pull the Avalanche to within a pair of goals.

Jacob Trouba added an empty netter with 1:06 left in regulation to make it 7-4 Jets.



Monday, 07 January 2019 01:36

Jets down Stars 5-1

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Josh Morrissey and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 26 shots as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Dallas Stars by a 5-1 score Sunday.

Adam Lowry, Kyle Connor and Tyler Myers also scored for Winnipeg, who returned to the win column after being shutout 4-0 in Pittsburgh Friday night.

Jacob Trouba had a pair of assists for Winnipeg.

Alex Radulov scored for Dallas.

Ben Bishop turned aside 25 shots for the Stars, who lost for the first time in regulation in their last six games.

After a scoreless first period Dallas scored the first goal of the game on the power play just under two minutes into the second.

With Adam Lowry off for goaltender interference had a point shot from John Klingberg go in off of his skate as he was screening Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck at at 1:56.

Lowry tied the contest a minute later after his initial shot was stopped after a nifty feed from the corner by Matthieu Perreault.

The Jet centreman snapped up the rebound before pivoting and beating Bishop high blocker side with a wrister to make it 1-1.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Tyler Myers scored on a wraparound late in the second to give the Jets the lead after taking a Patrik Laine feed before working his way around the back of the Dallas net before tucking the puck in behind Bishop to make it 2-1.

"I don’t know if I’ve ever had a wraparound. But got one tonight," said Myers. "Yeah, you never really think of it like that. But it’s always nice to get a little bit of room. When something like that happens, the best thing to do is get the puck to the net somehow. And good things happen." Kyle Connor gave the Jets a two-goal cushion 1:15 into the third, firing a wrister from the high slot past Bishop through a screen provided by a leaping Blake Wheeler to make it 3-1.

The goal was his 14th of the season and snapped a 10 game pointless streak for the Jet forward.

"Yeah, felt good. Nothing’s really changed too much from my game. I thought I was a little quicker tonight, played with lots of speed," said Connor. "I’m not going to sit back and be happy. It’s the same approach, I’m going to come to the rink every day with a sense of urgency and keep trying to improve."

Josh Morrissey added a shorthanded empty netter with 3:30 left in regulation to clinch the win for the Jets.

Bryan Little scored a power play marker with 17.3 seconds left in the third period to make it 5-1 Jets.

Stars Head Coach Jim Montgomery felt his club played a solid road game.

"I thought we played a good road game. They make one play more than us in the first two periods and then we block a shot and it goes right to Connor and he makes a great shot to make it 3-1. Then we're chasing the game. I liked the way we continued to compete, we had some chances but we weren't able to get close."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice echoed that sentiment.

"I didn’t think that it’s a 5-1 game; almost, if it makes any sense, I would have preferred it finished 2-1 or 3-1 because that’s what it felt like from the bench. Real good in the first, especially in our own end; lots of hard battles. They’re an excellent second-period team. They really tried to stretch the game; we lost our forecheck at that time and then came back to it for the 3-1 goal. A great example of back on the forecheck and back in the offensive zone."

Both teams are back in action on Tuesday with divisional games.

Dallas visits St. Louis while Winnipeg hosts Colorado.



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