Jets goalie Steve Mason had a hell of a performance in the net with 38 saves coming 12 days after his last game (a 4-1 win over Coyotes in Arizona). The Jets veteran netminder is now playing the way many expected at the beginning of the season. He has faced 69 shots against his last two games and allowed just one goal in each contest.
The Jets opened the scoring late in the 1st courtesy of a nice effort by Adam Lowry to stick with a bouncing puck which he guided past Jonathan Quick with eight seconds to go in the opening frame. Nikolaj Ehlers fed Patrik Laine late in the 2nd on a tee and the Jets sniper had no problems scoring on the power play. The Jets did give up a power play goal themselves when Tyler Toffoli got inside Tyler Myers and re-directed a Oscar Fantenberg shot from the point past Steve Mason.
With the win tonight the Jets (13-5-3) leapfrogged back into 2nd in the central over the Predators, who had briefly taken over that spot when they beat Montreal earlier in the day. Winnipeg gets back to their winning ways after a tough loss in Nashville on Monday and have now won five of their last six games which included the first ever regulation win for the Jets/Thrashers in L.A. at Staples Center.
For those who would like to take a deeper dive into the advanced stats here are the results from tonight’s game via Natural Stat Trick.
– Mathieu Perreault extended his point streak to four games (4G 2A for 6 PTS) with an assist tonight.
– Steve Mason not only made 38 saves in the win but also picked up an assist.
– Patrik Laine scored his 11th goal of the season to tie Mark Scheifele for team lead.
– Josh Morrissey credited with 10 hits on the evening.
– Jets are above the playoff line for U.S. Thanksgiving (Thursday) which usually bodes well for playoffs.
? Paul Maurice on Tanev’s blocked shots, Mason’s performance, Chiarot’s last couple of games, and more. pic.twitter.com/ugK3m6hFWy
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) November 23, 2017
Coach Maurice scrum topics: Late goals by his squad. Blocked shots/penalty kill. Play of Steve Mason. Decision on putting Morrissey with Byfgulien. Play of Ben Chiarot. Level of concern for three offensive zone penalties? Development of Laine.
Jets play the Ducks in Anaheim on Friday afternoon. Puck drop is at 3 pm CST.