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JNGD.74 Recap: 100

For the first time in franchise history… For the first time in Winnipeg NHL history… The Jets have 100 points.

They had to drag it out of John Gibson and the Ducks in an overtime effort, but ya boi Kyle Connor for the second game in a row scored the OT winner to make it happen.

TALKING POINTS

  • This was complete domination from the Jets from beginning to end. The Anaheim Ducks really should be leaving Winnipeg with the RCMP on their tails because they John Gibson stole a point from this game tonight.
  • Nothing to really dislike from the Jets in this game defensively, save for a couple of coverage errors that resulted in the two goals against. Otherwise I thought the Jets best defense tonight came from their offense and their great fore-checking. Multiple times in the game, the Ducks best option to relieve pressure in their own zone was dump the puck out to center ice, allow Winnipeg to collect it as they changed lines and then wait for Winnipeg to attack yet again.
  • I mentioned in the Flight Plan that the Ducks have leaned on John Gibson a lot lately and tonight we saw why. He was spectacular and the only reason the Jets didn’t put up a seven or eight spot up on the scoreboard.
  • For the first time since his return from injury, Mark Scheifele looked more like the Mark Scheifele we’ve seen all season. He scored one and rang another off the crossbar. The top line overall looked to have some of it’s mojo back tonight.
  • Patrik Laine looked pretty darn healthy out there tonight with no real ill effects of any leg bruise.
  • Sadly can’t say the same about Tobias Enstrom, although the Jets after the game say he was removed in the second period for precautionary reasons.
  • When everything was clicking like it was tonight, how much fun is this team to watch? Kyle Connor can stick handle in a phone booth. Nik Ehlers flys around the ice and dares you to try and catch him. Laine is electric each time the puck gets near him. Josh Morrissey is such a rock on the blue line and then you remember he’s just 22 years old. Blake Wheeler has been around long enough to be considered a savy veteran but still young enough to skate circles around people and make passes you don’t think can be made.

SCORING SUMMARY

GIF HIGHLIGHTS

HOW DID THEY CORSI?

Charts & numbers courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Matchups are limited to 5-on-5 situations. Tile size is scaled by Time On Ice and colour is scaled by adjusted Expected Goals differential. Blue represents a home team advantage and red represents a road team advantage.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME

For Winnipeg: Mark Scheifele – Had a hand in all three goals scored tonight and looked more like his old self before the injury happened.

For Anaheim: John Gibson – They’ll be putting up “Wanted” posters at the corner of Portage and Donald after his 39 save effort almost ruined the night of the Jets and their fans.

NEXT FLIGHT

It’s a big time game on a Hometown Hockey Sunday night as the Nashville Predators pay a visit in a contest that may very well decide the fate of the Central division.

 

  • FishWhiskey

    Morrissey is turning into a keystone piece of the team. He just keeps getting better and better. Dare I say it, best D man on the team. I never thought I would say it but Benny Chairot has turned into a great D man! Also have to say I kind of hope the Jets stay in second and let Nashville have the honour of grinding out a punishing first round match up against the Kings or Ducks.