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JNR: Brossoit Stops All As Jets Pound WIngs 5-1

12 different Winnipeg Jets collected a point of some sort on Tuesday night as the Jets needed a moment to get going but eventually dispatched the Detroit Red Wings with relative ease in a 5-1 victory. Laurent Brossoit picked up the win in goal, but doesn’t get credit for a shutout even though he didn’t allow a single goal in the game.

The hockey gods, they have been playing some mean tricks on our poor boy Brossoit.

First Period

Not a good start to the period in the least as the Wings pin the Jets in their own zone repeatedly and get out to a 6-0 lead in shots five minutes into the game. The Jets – as they have in so many games this season – really struggled to cleanly exit out of their own zone multiple times.

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The Jets also took a penalty which seemingly made things worse halfway through but instead the Jets managed to turn it into a shorthanded goal, although it didn’t come without a bit of controversy.

At first it seemed like the play may have been offside – it wasn’t – and then there was a question if whether or not Wings goalie (and old Jets prospect) Eric Comrie had the puck covered. The refs and video replay room in Toronto deemed that he did not and it was a good goal for a 1-0 Jets lead.

After that goal the Jets got their act together and played well enough that an 0-6 shot deficit ended up being a 10-6 period in favor of Winnipeg as they tightened up in their own end and at least found ways to get shots on Comrie even if most of them were from distance as the Jets only managed to pick up one high danger scoring chance at 5 on 5 compared to the eight that the Wings had in that first period.

Second Period

The Jets started the second period much better than they did the first, but ran into a bit of a hiccup when starting goalie Laurent Brossoit had to exit from the game for a brief moment as he was dealing with an equipment issue regarding his right leg pad. As visions of the game against Columbus danced in everyone’s head, Connor Hellebuyck came into the game and gave up a goal on one of the two shots he faced in the 1:09 he played.

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Brossoit – right pad issues now dealt with – was put back into the game, and the Jets resumed taking the game to the Red Wings with the Wings now remembering that they were a last place in the league club. Once the Jets found another gear they started pumping goals past poor Comrie who was basically abandoned by his defense.

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Three Jets goals in the span of two minutes late in the second period all but closed this game out as it felt like there was no way the Jets would take their foot off the gas on this one. Shots in the second were 16-7 for the Jets and unlike the first period, the Jets were now attacking the Wings net and getting plenty if in-close scoring chances.

Third Period

As if to make sure there was zero doubt over who was winning this game, the Jets picked up a fifth goal on the power play five minutes into the final frame.

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The Jets power play had actually been sub-par the entire game and was 1 for 5, but by the time the third rolled around, Detroit was simply going through the motions of attempting to play hockey.

Shots in the final period were 5-4 for Detroit as Winnipeg really didn’t press for much more offense but also didn’t give up much either.

Laurent Brossoit ends the night having stopped all 16 shots he faced, but thanks to a faulty leg pad, doesn’t collect a shutout.

Jetsnation Top Gun

There were a lot of good picks to be had from tonight’s game, but as we mentioned the Jets had a very slow start to it. One of the few who seemed to be on top of his game was Adam Lowry who along with Andrew Copp got the Jets a much needed kick in the rear with that shorthanded goal.

The Boxscore

 

Next Flight

These two teams will go at it again, this time in Detroit as the Jets will take on the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday. Puck drop is set for 6:30 CST and can be seen on TSN 3 and heard on TSN 1290.