Note: What a homecoming for Patrik Laine as the Jets sniper helped his club to a 4-2 win to kick start the Global Series against the Panthers on Thursday courtesy of the fifth hat trick of his career. There isn’t much time to enjoy the win as both teams will be back at it today with a 1 pm CT puck drop at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland to conclude the Global Series. Jets coach Paul Maurice confirmed that Connor Hellebuyck will start while also announcing some lineup changes including Nic Petan making his season debut.
Note II: The Moose returned home on Wednesday having won two of three on their most recent road trip and going back to the four-game homestand having won five of their last seven games. With Eric Comrie up with the Jets as a non-roster player the Moose have relied upon rookie Mikhail Berdin who was excellent in his first couple of AHL games picking up back-to-back wins. Tonight’s game with the Chicago Wolves at Bell MTS Place (7 pm puck drop) will be the first of four at home for Manitoba.
Winnipeg Sun: Laine comes through with hat trick in Helsinki. Check out Ken’s game notes from yesterday’s game.
Winnipeg Sun: Laine delivers in homecoming. Ken’s column on Teemu Selanne, Patrik Laine and Heinz 57 syndrome.
Winnipeg Free Press: Just like Selanne predicted, Laine lets the… ketchup flow? (Paywall). Trust the Finnish Flash to know what he is talking about.
Winnipeg Free Press: Hats off to Laine as he scores three goals for home-country hero in Helsinki victory. (Paywall). Although since the ice is set back aways some hats fell short of their mark, unlike Laine himself who shot that third goal from a fair ways away.
Winnipeg Free Press: Honeymoon at Hartwall as Jets fans make the trek to Helsinki. (Paywall). A pretty memorable way to spend a honeymoon for hockey fans.
Winnipeg Free Press: Dump & Chase goes global. The guys go over a ton in this edition including someone a mention of host of the Illegal Curve Hockey Show Drew Mindell.
NHL.com: Laine hat trick for Jets steals show from Selanne in Finland. Considering how big the Finnish Flash is in Finland the Jets sniper certainly rose to the occasion.
TSN: ‘Bottom Laine is that he’s an elite goal-scorer’. Patrik Laine grew up just two hours away from Helsinki, dreaming of one day playing in the NHL. Now with the opportunity to showcase his skills at the highest level in front of his hometown fans, Laine didn’t disappoint. Craig Button joins SportsCentre to discuss Laine’s magnificent performance and whether we should expect him to stick on the third line.
TSN: Laine got back to what he does best. It had been five games since Patrik Laine scored, but he broke out of his slump in a big way with a hat-trick in his return to Finland. Dave Poulin breaks down how Laine simply trusted his shot to get back to his scoring ways.
TSN: Laine loving playing in front of hometown fans. Patrik Laine broke a five-game scoreless drought against the Panthers, putting on a show in front of his hometown fans by scoring a hat trick in Finland. Laine discusses the Jets’ big win and his excitement to be back at home playing in front of the Finnish fans.