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Winnipeg Jets beat Toronto Maple Leafs in the Battle of CanCon: NHL Playoff Edition

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The title is long and the game was short. Excellent.

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Winnipeg Jets _______ the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto. It was an excellent bounce back game after whatever the game in Chicago was. Outside of a slow start in the first period, this was the perfect road game for the Jets. They were able to rely on Connor Hellebuyck until they got their bearings in their game.

The Jets did a great job of using Patrik Laine being covered to the hilt on the power play to have other players contribute/score goals. This is the impact that Laine has: game-changing. Outside of that, the Jets were able to simply take advantage of having many weapons.

The third was a team playing defensively without going into a shell. Honestly, it was lovely and the Jets won so who cares if things were a bit weird at points.

Ten Thoughts:

  1. The Sportsnet crew made it sound like Mark Scheifele was out injured again when talking about Auston Matthews. I thought I missed something important.
  2. Sportsnet did miss something important and that was the memo that Tobias Enstrom is out for the rest of the regular season. SMH.
  3. The Leafs seemed to control play for a better part of the first, but the Jets still got their chances. If only they can finish one off.
  4. How does one play against Hockey Related Ron (Ron Hainsey) and not be blow over by his star power?
  5. I was not sure if Mark Scheifele’s hit on Curtis McElhinney should have been a penalty or not, but I decided it should 100% not be because of how Sportsnet was talking about it.
  6. And then chaos ensued as the Jets got a legit penalty call in their favour, making the Leafs more upset and the broadcast talking about how while it should be a penalty, the goalie interference...
  7. The Leafs are taking away the Laine option on the penalty kill, which is fine because the Jets have four other weapons on the ice and Dustin Byfuglien decided to remind of them of this.
  8. Too many men is the one penalty that is truly due to brain farts. Can we call it the brain fart penalty and then get Wes McCauley to announce it in a full arena of 10 year olds?
  9. No Sportsnet, shots on goal are always needed because best defence is offence.
  10. Two shifts does not mean that a player is looking like they did in their rookie season. I am so over these Sportsnet announcers.