The Winnipeg Jets were home to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday afternoon and hoo boy it was a doozie.
The Jets came out flying in the first period, spending the majority of the first five minutes of play in the Coyotes’ zone. Two back-to-back hooking calls against Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler gave Arizona a few chances, but Laurent Brossoit doesn’t falter. Speaking of Brossoit, he is great to watch and he plays such a similar style to Connor Hellebuyck in the way he is able to stay loose and have fun on the ice - love it.
15:37 into the first, Christian Fischer gets his first of the year. Off a face off win, Joe Morrow loses Fischer who stays with the puck and scoots it in past Brossoit. The Jets start to get a bit frustrated at this point, throwing some extra weight around. Mark Scheifele and Lawson Crouse get called for interference and hooking respectively, and we get set for some 4 on 4 hockey. Adam Lowry wins the face off, passes the puck back to Jacob Trouba who quickly sends it over to Josh Morrissey. Morrissey throws it towards Antti Raanta and Lowry tips it in. We are tied up at one at the end of the first period.
Tyler Myers gets called for tripping shortly into the second and the Jets kill off another one. Once again, inconsistent refereeing is dictating the pace of this game. Jason Demers is called for hooking at 9:07 and the first power play shift for the Jets is an absolute unit. Non-stop pressure and the only one who seemed to show up for Arizona was Raanta.
Trouba keeps the puck in the Coyotes’ zone and Myers capitalizes, getting his first of the season at 14:28. Let’s hope this gives him the jump he so desperately needed to get his play back on track. The Jets were not done in the second - Dylan Strome gets called for interference and Morrissey throws an absolute rocket towards Raanta getting his first of the season. Jets are up 3-1 at the end of two.
Morrissey makes it a 3-1 game! #NHLJets #GoJetsGo pic.twitter.com/7eCGDb4hLl— JetsNation (@NHLJetsNation) October 20, 2018
The Coyotes pull within one just 3:50 into the third. Clayton Keller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson bring the puck in, and a little back and forth leads to Brossoit having trouble moving laterally back into position and Keller’s second of the season. Moments later, Brendan Lemieux ties up Ekman-Larsson in front of Raanta and Matthieu Perreault blasts one in. Goal is called for potential goaltender interference - upon review, the goal stands and the Jets are back up by two.
With eight minutes left in the third, Patrik Laine fails to clear the zone, Ekman-Larsson takes advantage of this and tosses the puck to Keller. Keller is able to get his second past Broissot, this time going top corner. A hell of a shot. Coyotes back within one.
The Jets start looking a bit gassed and get caught up in their own zone. Wheeler is called for slashing with 5:38 left in the third, penalty is killed. Raanta heads to the bench with just under two minutes left in the game. Wheeler gets the empty net, Jets up 5-3.
Highlight of the Game
This shot by Perreault was just. Plain. Gorgeous.
One-timer in the slot. Zero doubt in mind. #ARIvsWPG pic.twitter.com/Lidgg7qKqN— NHL (@NHL) October 20, 2018
- Really liked Perreault - Little - Ehlers on the power play - they wreaked a bit of havoc on Arizona in the second period
- Much like the Edmonton game, the Jets seemed to sit back a bit heading into the last period. This time, they got lucky and hung on but fatigued or not, you cannot let off the gas - onto the next!