A see-saw afternoon affair between the Jets and Kings. After a goal that Connor Hellebuyck would like to have back the Jets and Kings settled into a rhythm. Kyle Clifford took a five minute major penalty when he boarded Kyle Connor who left the ice for the 1st period but did return to start the 2nd. The Jets managed to capitalize twice on the back of goals by Adam Lowry and Marko Dano during the major power play and Tobias Enstrom had assists on both goals. It was a ho hum middle frame aside from a tilt between Chris Thorburn and Kyle Clifford (last time they fought was October 2014). The Kings found their legs in the 3rd as the Jets sat on the lead and L.A. tied it up 2-2. Despite some good chances in OT neither team could get it done and it went to a shootout. Patrik Laine scored a beauty and Mark Scheifele won it for the Jets.
Jets players post-game:
Jets coach post-game:
Paul Maurice: Nice to have the top two scorers in the NHL for the shootout? Different moves by Laine. Different sort of win by the Jets. What does he expect from the team? Was he expecting this type of depth from the organization? Trying to sit on the lead in the 3rd? Byfuglien jumping into the play, is he pressing? Does he see this as an opportunity to ride Hellebuyck? Play of Petan, Dano, Copp going to make it a difficult decision? From time he got here to today, how different is this team in terms of system/philosophy?
Kings player post-game:
Kings coach post-game:
Darryl Sutter: Thoughts on the game. How much did they miss Kopitar? His thoughts on the major? Does he like how his club battled back? What has impressed him most with Peter Budaj? How has Setoguchi fit in with his club? Getting contributions from the 4th line. Why did he see Setoguchi as a good fit? What does it say about him battling to get back into the NHL? Choosing his shooters in the shootout. His thoughts on Laine.