Sami Niku got the call up but didn’t play on Sunday night. One can only hope he will see the ice this week. In addition, the Jets announced that they signed Logan Shaw to a one-year, two-way contract. As a Habs fan AND a Jets fan, I assure you that this is not the best signing of the season.
Jack Roslovic opened the scoring early with a little help from Dustin Byfuglien. Less than 30 seconds later, Mark Scheifele put the Jets up 2-0 following a beautiful heads-up pass from the captain. Side note: Blake Wheeler is looking like Blake Wheeler again and I think all of Winnipeg is breathing a sigh of relief.
The Devils got one back following some good pressure in the Jets’ zone. Once again, Joe Morrow and Tyler Myers are struggling to clear the puck and to control the pace along the boards. It was a quick first period with few stoppages in play. After 20, the Jets led 2-1.
Shortly into the second, Wheeler was called for tripping. As his penalty ticked down, Wheeler flew out of the box and initiated the play that leads to Scheifele’s second of the game. Moments later, on a bad change, Blake Coleman snuck in and got the Devils back on the board.
Jersey took a penalty as Stefan Noesen was called for a cross check on Nicolas Petan. While on the power play, Byfuglien laid out Brian Boyle which caused a bit of a ruckus, matching unsportsmanlike penalties, and some 4-on-4 hockey. What did you think of the hit?
A delayed penalty on New Jersey allowed the Jets to get the extra attacker on the ice. Scheifele took the initial shot, but it was Nikolaj Ehlers who was able to send it home. The Jets weren’t done there and some tic-tac-toe passes between Bryan Little, Kyle Connor and Mathieu Perreault led to the Jets’ fifth goal of the game.
A lot of back and forth through the first half of the third period, but the score stayed steady. The Jets turned on the gas under the ten-minute mark of the third and maintained some solid pressure in the New Jersey zone but were unable to get another one past Cory Schneider.
Overall, a solid team effort by the Jets in their 5-2 victory.