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JNGD 7 Recap: Jets Win 4-3 On A Night Full Of Milestones

A five-day break between games will be much easier for the Winnipeg Jets to enjoy thanks to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night at MTS Place.

It also doesn’t hurt that the Jets were paced to that win thanks to two Patrik Laine power play goals and some strong work between the pipes from Connor Hellebuyck.

The win was also the 600th of Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice’s career (tonight we’ll ignore the fact he’s six losses away from the all-time record for most losses by a head coach) and the game-winner came off the stick of Blake Wheeler who scored the 200th goal of his career.

It was also the NHL debut of Brendan Lemieux – son of former super-pest and all-time playoff performer Claude – and he didn’t do too bad for himself seeing third line duty.

Winnipeg jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on two very quick goals from Laine and Nik Ehlers who scored less than two minutes apart.

They did stumble late in the first period and then for a good part of the second period as they are want to do, giving up three consecutive Wild goals, but Patrik Laine’s second of the night tied things up going into the final frame.

The Jets thought they had a go-ahead goal halfway through the period when a mass crashing of the net looked like it resulted in a Mark Scheifele goal, but the officials deemed incidental goaltender interference prevented Dubnyk from making a save, so the goal was waved off.

A few minutes later, a beautiful pass from Kyle Connor – who it should be noted looked very at home on the top line with Wheeler and Scheifele – sprung Wheeler all alone in front and he made no mistake on the play to help secure two points for the Jets.




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  • FishWhiskey

    Nice to see the boys get a win over an AHL team. Minnesota still only has one win this year and is decimated with injuries. I hope it builds some confidence for our boys but they still took half the game off to fix their mascara and it was close at the end. How the hell are we six years into a re-build and the bottom six forwards have yet to put up a 5 on 5 point. Not going to make the dance with half a team. What brain trust thought that Poolman needed time in the press box and thank god for Laine having Thors hammer on the end of his stick or this was a different outcome.

    • High and Wide

      Totally agree on the bottom six…there are better options available to this team, they just need to use them.

      Also, Poolman has been great so far, don’t understand why he wasn’t skating tonight.

  • High and Wide

    Good effort tonight, liked the bounce back in the 3rd after a lackluster 2nd.

    Nice to see Kyle Connor notch a point, with a beauty of a pass, hopefully he sticks with the squad once “the grinders” (read Hendricks and Lowry) get healthy. However, that would take people realizing that he requires a certain talent level of linemates to produce plays that slick.

    I also liked Lemieux’s game, it would be nice to see more of him too.

    Nice recap Art, love the gifs. Keep up the good work.

  • High and Wide

    On a different note, Art, a couple weeks ago there was mention of a ‘quick recap’ shortly after the games end and a ‘full/detailed recap’ coming later that evening or early the next day. Is this still the plan, or are the quick recaps where it ends?

    No complaints, love the recaps that are coming, just curious.

  • The Jet fans have to get over the past troubles Hellebuyck and the team has had with shaky goal tending and stop acting like its the end of the world whenever their opponents score a goal. He needs support not not a deflating groan whenever a goal gets scored like you see in so many other Canadian cities. He still is a young player that already has enough pressure in trying to get the confidence of his teammates back without having his fans pointing out that he was scored on, even if he was not given proper defensive support. Winnipeg fans should be better than this. Price didn’t become a world class goalie until he was 24 and unlike Hellebuyck he had a defensive system around him. After all he is 4-0 this season.