Jets Nation Recap: Laine Reigns Supreme

So that was fun wasn’t it? In what may turn out to be the most memorable game in the brief NHL history of the MTS Centre, Patrik Laine asserted himself as the new mayor of Winnipeg by recording a hat-trick as the Winnipeg Jets Laines came back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs Matthews 5-4.

Game Notes:

  • All the hype surrounded the battle between the top two picks of the 2016 NHL Draft, Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine. Well, Laine made a resounding case for himself tonight! He showcased his laser-like release that had scouts drooling leading up to the draft. This kid is special. He’s going to be a good one for many years. He also won’t have to buy a drink at The Pint for the next while.
  • Despite the win, there were some troubling signs. Dustin Byfuglien hasn’t looked himself in the early part of the season. While it might be a slow start for Big Buff, he will need to step up his game soon for the Jets to progress.
  • The early part of the game saw more turnovers than a bakery. (Yes, it’s a bad joke. I’m stoked about the comeback yet my brain is mush right now.) The Jets struggled mightily in their own end with many errors and questionable decisions. This needs to be fixed pronto!
  • The goalie battle remains up in the air but kudos to Michael Hutchinson for keeping the game alive especially in overtime. His best save was a breakaway stop on Matthews which led to Laine’s overtime winner. Hutch’s save percentage was only .900 tonight but he made some critical stops at important times.
  • Paul Maurice juggled his lines in the third period as Nikolaj Ehlers, Mathieu Perrault  and Blake Wheeler were a trio while Laine joined forces with Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor. Whether Maurice sticks with these lines going forward remains to be seen but he does have some options.
  • Tonight marked the biggest comeback in the history of the Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise. 

Hot Taeks:

The first taek is the worst tweet I’ve ever sent out on Twitter and I’ve been on that silly site for 6 years and have said some pretty dumb things.

Charts & Stuff:

All charts courtesy hockeystats.ca

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GIF Of The Night:

A hat-trick by the star rookie and a big comeback victory. Cue a happy puppy.

happy puppy

  • ktecACadaptor

    Though Laine has saved his scoring for in the NHL for the 3rd period in only 2 of 4 games, I have never thought he looked bad or has ever been part of our problem, His mistakes are few and far in between – combined with the fact he is ****ing 18 years old, he’s mint.

    Bonus points to Ehlers for some beautiful passes, Scheifele and even Myers (WOW about time he finally ****ing scored with after what has felt like 100 chances) and especially Hutchinson for staying calm once he knew the comeback was ON.

    GODSPEED PATRIK LAINE

  • Stewsquared

    I’d like to thank Patrick Laine’s facial hair on behalf of an entire city. If that fuzz wasn’t busy keeping the females away, he may not have had so much time at the rink, practicing that shot of his.

    Your ‘stache is trash,
    Your beard is weird,
    But keep working on that wrister,
    And you can marry my sister.