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The N*if*HL: Jets Stumble In Vancouver

Having gone two for two in Alberta, the Winnipeg Jets were in tough Sunday night against a Vancouver Canucks team that had been rolling and making a strong playoff push of their own.

One of the moves that was made going into the Calgary game was head coach Paul Maurice tinkering with the lines, as Matthew Perreault was suffering from flu-like symptoms and Jansen Harkins took his place in the lineup. Maurice also took out the blender and mixed up the centers again as Andrew Copp moved into the second like between Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers, while Cody Eakin was moved to the fourth line. The last move Maurice made was to go with Laurent Brossoit in goal in the second night of a back to back effort.


The scoring started off almost right away with Alexander Edler scoring for the Canucks with a bar-down snipe, but the Jets answering right back before the announcement of the Canucks goal had even finished, thanks to a beautiful three-way scoring play finished off by Jack Roslovic.

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The second line of Copp / Laine / Ehlers paid off for Paul Maurice as they trio helped get the Jets a lead about five minutes later with a fine passing display of their own that led to a second goal, and it looked like the Jets were going to hang on for lead after 20 until disaster struck and Kyle Connor scored… only against his own club after a Brossoit rebound deflected back off of KC and into the net.

The second period remained a bit of an open contest with shot plentiful from both sides, but both Brossoit and Thatcher Demko equal to the task. Vancouver took advantage of a power-play opportunity with Elias Pettersson scoring, but Dmitry Kulikov caught the Canucks defense napping with less than 30 seconds left in the period to make sure things remained tied going into the second intermission.

The third period was more of the same from the first two periods as Vancouver and Winnipeg traded glorious scoring chances that were either robbed by the netminders or were shot wide. Halfway through the period though,  Jake Virtanen pass that was meant for Adam Gaudette somehow got past Brossoit for what proved to be the game winner for the Canucks. The Jets being in their second game of a road back to back just didn’t have anything left to respond like they had the previous two times Vancouver took a lead, and ended up falling short 4-3

The loss in Vancouver snaps a five game win streak and was especially tough to take given the Nashville Predators stealing a win against the Minnesota Wild, and then the following night when the Dallas Stars managed to win a wild contest against the Arizona Coyotes in a shootout, a three point game that does the Jets very few favors and puts them three points back of third place in the Central.

Winnipeg Jets – 3
Vancouver Canucks – 4

FIRST PERIOD

Scoring
VAN – 3:18 – Alexander Edler – Assists: Tyler Toffoli, Elias Pettersson
WPG- 3:55 – Jack Roslovic (13) – Assists: Adam Lowry (8), Mason Appleton (4)
WPG- 8:54 – Andrew Copp (11) – Assist: Patrik Laine (36), Nikolai Ehlers (34)
VAN- 17:20 – Tyler Myers – Assist: Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli

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Penalties
None

Shots
WPG: 8 – VAN: 11

SECOND PERIOD

Scoring
VAN – 18:04 – Elias Pettersson (PPG) – Assists: Bo Horvat, J.T. Miller
WPG – 19:39 – Dmitry Kulikov (3) – Assists: Neal Pionk (41), Jack Roslovic (19)

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Penalties
WPG – 8:08 – Patrik Laine (Hooking)
WPG – 17:34 – Andrew Copp (Hooking)

Shots
WPG: 15 (23) – VAN: 13 (24)

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THIRD PERIOD

Scoring
VAN – 13:48 – Jake Virtanen – Assists: Tyler Motte, Tyler Myers

Penalties
WPG – 8:35 – Cody Eakin (Hooking)

Shots
WPG: 11 (34) – VAN: 11(35)

GOALIES

W – Thatcher Demko (31 of 34)
L – Laurent Brossoit (31 of 35)

THREE STARS

1st – Tyler Myers
2nd – Elias Pettersson
3rd – Jake Virtanen

OTHER GAME STATS

Hits
WPG: 13 – VAN: 12

Time on attack
WPG: 6:22 – VAN: 8:19

Faceoffs
WPG: 28 – VAN: 22

Powerplay
WPG: 0/0 – VAN: 1/3

 


 

The Scoreboard

(For March 15, 2020)

Edmonton Oilers

4

1st: R. Sheahan (E. Bear, M. Granlund) (6:11) | J. Archibald (M. Smith) (18:01)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: C. McDavid (Z. Kassian, A. Athanasiou) (0:52) | L. Draisaitl (R. Nugent-Hopkins) (15:27) (PPG)

Philadelphia Flyers 

2

1st: No Scoring
2nd: J. Voracek (T. Pitlick, T. Konecny) (9:43)
3rd: S. Laughton (K. Hayes) (11:46) (PPG)

Ottawa Senators

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: C. Tierney (A. Duclair, A. Anisimov) (7:40)

St. Louis Blues

4

1st: A. Steen (D. Perron) (17:10)
2nd: A. Pietrangelo (B. Schenn, R. O’Reilly) (4:51) (PPG)
3rd: A. Steen (C. Gunarsson) (6:33) (SHG) | S. Blais (M. MacEachern) (9:47)

Vegas Golden Knights

3

1st: No Scoring
2nd: M. Stone (Unassisted) (1:42) | R. Reaves (T. Nosek, S. Theodore) (9:06)
3rd: P. Stastny (J. Marchessault, A. Martinez) (7:40)

Colorado Avalanche

2

1st: T. Jost (J. Donskoi, C. Makar) (6:51)
2nd: N. MacKinnon (G. Landeskog) (2:35)
3rd: No Scoring

Montreal Canadiens

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: T. Tatar (B. Gallagher, J. Armia) (18:21)
3rd: No Scoring

Anaheim Ducks

3

1st: R. Rakell (K. Sherwood) (8:11)
2nd: C. Rowney (Unassisted) (9:52) (SHG)
3rd: D. Heinen (R. Rakell) (7:28)

Carolina Hurricanes

5

1st: M. Necas (J. Staal, V. Trocheck) (1:52) | S. Aho (M. Necas) (17:32) (PPG)
2nd: R. Dzingel (J. Slavin) (5:26) | A. Svechnikov (S. Aho, T. Teravainen) (6:11)
3rd: S. Aho (Unassisted) (19:35) (ENG)

Buffalo Sabres

3

1st: No Scoring
2nd: J. Skinner (C. Lazar, W. Simmonds) (8:22) | J. Vesey (B. Montour) (8:11)
3rd: J. Eichel (R. Ristolainen) (10:41)

New Jersey Devils

2

1st: J. Hughes (Unassisted) (11:19) | P. Subban (N. Hischier, N. Gusev) (14:07) (PPG)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: No Scoring

Tampa Bay Lightning

4

1st: No Scoring
2nd: B. Point (S. Stamkos) (2:57) | P. Maroon (T. Johnson, B. Goodrow) (8:46) | M. Sergachev (B. Point, K. Shattenkirk) (8:11)
3rd: S. Stamkos (N. Kucherov, B. Point) (16:05)

New York Islanders

3

1st: J. Pageau (J. Bailey) (10:32) | A. Lee (J. Eberle, A. Greene) (18:08)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: B. Nelson (A. Lee, D. Toews) (5:22) (PPG)

Pittsburgh Penguins

2

1st: No Scoring
2nd: J. Zucker (D. Simon, S. Crosby) (9:27) | E. Malkin (B. Rust) (16:08)
3rd: No Scoring

Nashville Predators (OT)

4

1st: M. Granlund (Unassisted) (0:42) | N. Bonino (C. Smith, R. Josi) (7:19)
2nd: K. Turris (A. Watson, D. Fabbro) (7:01)
3rd: No Scoring
OT: R. Johansen (F. Forsberg) (4:29)

Minnesota Wild

3

1st: No Scoring
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: M. Koivu (K. Fiala) (1:35) | M. Zuccarello (R. Suter, J. Eriksson Ek) (10:22) | M. Foligno (E.Staal) (10:57)

 

(For March 16, 2020)

Columbus Blue Jackets

1

1st: S. Matteau (B. Jenner, N. Gerbe) (2:07)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: No Scoring

Boston Bruins 

3

1st: C. McAvoy (J. Debrusk, D. Krejci) (17:02)
2nd: B. Marchand (T. Krug, J. DeBrusk) (5:22) (PPG)
3rd: A. Bjork (C. Coyle, C. McAvoy) (3:51) (PPG)

Calgary Flames

2

1st: M. Giordano (A. Mangiapane) (7:28)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: S. Bennett (T. Rieder) (4:51)

New York Rangers

0

FLAMES SHUTOUT: D. Rittich – 37 Saves

Edmonton Oilers

3

1st: Z. Kassian (D. Nurse) (4:21)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: R. Nugent-Hopkins (A. Chiasson, D. Nurse) (2:52) (PPG) | C. McDavid (L. Draisaitl) (16:10) (PPG)

Washington Capitals

6

1st: J. Vrana (Unassisted) (6:33) | J. Carlson (A. Ovechkin, B. Dillon) (17:27)
2nd: C. Hagelin (L. Eller) (0:32) | R. Panik (N. Dowd, R. Gudas) (4:52) | A. Ovechkin (N. Backstrom) (13:48) (PPG)
3rd: E. Kuznetsov (T. Wilson, A. Ovechkin) (8:09)

Florida Panthers

4

1st: L. Wallmark (F. Vatrano) (12:49)
2nd: A. Stralman (Unassisted) (17:21)
3rd: A. Barkov (N. Acciari, J. Huberdeau) (9:32) | M. Hoffman (E. Haula) (17:06)

Detroit Red Wings

1

1st: J. Vrana (Unassisted) (6:33)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: No Scoring

Dallas Stars (SO)

4

1st: R. Hintz (C. Perry) (18:28)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: M. Janmark (A. Radulov, J. Klingberg) (0:16) | J. Benn (J. Dickinson, M. Heiskanen) (19:03)
SO: Dallas wins shootout 4-3

Arizona Coyotes

3

1st: C. Keller (D. Stepan, P. Kessel) (4:22)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: O. Ekman-Larsson (T. Hall) (4:29) | C. Dvorak (C. Garland, T. Hall) (13:52)

 


 

The Standings

(After games played March 16, 2020)

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
Boston Bruins 72 46 14 12 104 46
Tampa Bay Lightning 73 46 21 6 98 44
Florida Panthers 72 37 27 8 82 34
Toronto Maple Leafs 71 36 26 9 81 35
Montreal Canadiens 73 32 32 9 73 28
Buffalo Sabres 72 30 34 8 68 28
Ottawa Senators 73 25 36 12 62 24
Detroit Red Wings 74 17 52 5 39 14
Metropolitan Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
Washington Capitals 72 44 20 8 96 40
Philadelphia Flyers 72 42 23 7 91 37
Pittsburgh Penguins 72 42 24 6 90 39
Carolina Hurricanes (WC1) 71 40 25 6 86 35
Columbus Blue Jackets (WC2) 73 34 24 15 83 34
New York Islanders 71 36 24 11 83 33
New York Rangers 72 37 30 5 79 36
New Jersey Devils 72 28 31 13 69 24

Western Conference

Central Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
St. Louis Blues 73 44 19 10 98 42
Colorado Avalanche 72 43 21 8 94 42
Dallas Stars 72 39 25 8 86 36
Winnipeg Jets (WC1) 73 38 29 6 82 35
Nashville Predators (WC2) 72 37 27 8 82 34
Minnesota Wild 72 35 28 9 79 33
Chicago Blackhawks 72 33 31 8 74 29
Pacific Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
Vegas Golden Knights 73 41 24 8 90 38
Edmonton Oilers 74 39 26 9 87 37
Calgary Flames 73 38 28 7 83 31
Vancouver Canucks 72 37 28 7 81 33
Arizona Coyotes 73 35 29 9 79 30
Anaheim Ducks 73 31 33 9 71 26
Los Angeles Kings 71 29 35 7 65 28
San Jose Sharks 72 30 37 5 65 28