No Byfuglien. No Morrissey. No problem. Jets score twice in 22 seconds in the 3rd and add an empty netter to beat the Islanders 3-1. Sweep this three game east coast road trip taking all six points, improving to 17-8-2 on season.
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.
– In case you missed it Nelson Nogier was a late replacement for Josh Morrissey (lower-body);
– Really not much happened in the first 40 minutes of this game and it remained scoreless;
– Early in the 3rd Anders Lee buried a rebound to make it a 1-0 game;
– Jets Power Play went to work and Jacob Trouba was rewarded with a blast from the point to tie the game at 1;
– 22 seconds later Adam Lowry finished off a Tanev rebound to give the Jets a 2-1 lead;
– Connor Hellebuyck was solid in net (27 saves);
– A late Ehlers empty netter sealed the win for the Jets
– Jacob Trouba equaled his goal total (3) from all of last season in 28 less games;
– Blake Wheeler had 1A (31) and has a six game points streak(1G 9A);
– Nelson Nogier had 10:06 of time on ice. This was his first NHL game since April 8th, 2017.
Coach Maurice: His thoughts on tonight’s win over the Islanders. Thoughts on what the guys did on the back end. What is the status of Josh Morrissey? On the Jets play in the 3rd period. Happy with the way Hellebuyck played? On the night/weekend that Jacob Trouba had. Big boost from Lowry’s line getting a goal. On using the Lowry line post power play. On being able to play in front of a good home crowd.
All audio courtesy of TSN 1290 Winnipeg.
Coach Maurice says post-game that Josh Morrissey is day-to-day, said he was close to playing but sounds like they didn’t want to take a chance with it becoming more significant. Added “I think we’re gonna get real healthy here on our blueline in the next few days”.
The Jets are off on Wednesday and are scheduled to return for practice on Thursday at 11 am at Bell MTS Place. They take on the St. Louis Blues here in Winnipeg on Friday night which gives off four straight at home and five of the next six games at the Friendly (for the home side) confines of the downtown rink.