No Byfuglien, no Ehlers, my heart is heavy. Send chocolate.
The first period started a bit slower as the Central Division rivals felt one another out. The Jets controlled the play for the most part and certainly had the better chances throughout the first 20 minutes.
One of those great chances came courtesy of Mark Scheifele following a smart play from Kyle Connor who poked the puck from Roope Hintz, but no dice. After 20, the game was scoreless and the SOG were 13-9 in favour of Winnipeg.
Shortly into the period, Adam Lowry was called for goaltender interference. It was an absolute joke of a call as Ben Bishop had left the net to play the puck and turned directly into Lowry who was unable to avoid him. The Stars made good on the power play. Moments later, Lowry got his revenge after capitalizing on a rebound from his initial shot on Bishop. The Lowry - Perreault - Tanev line drove a lot of the play through the night.
Tyler Myers got a wraparound goal before the period was over. After 40, the Jets were up 2-1.
Adam Lowry runs into Bishop after he whiffs on the puck. Lowry will go off and the Stars get the first power play pic.twitter.com/PUFrjf2FEw— Dylan Nadwodny (@dnadders) January 6, 2019
Just over a minute into the third period, Connor gave the Jets the 3-1 lead. Mathieu Perreault, who had been getting beat up quite a bit through the night, had his stick held preventing him from getting into the play but there was no call. Shortly after, he was called for high sticking but the Jets killed off the penalty.
The Jets had their first power play about half-way into the third period once Radek Faksa headed to the box for holding. Unfortunately they did not get one past Bishop. The Stars pulled Bishop with a few minutes left in the game for the extra attacker but Josh Morrissey sent the puck end to end and the Jets led 4-1 with about four minutes left in the game.
With less than two minutes left, Roman Polak (does anyone actually root for this guy?) lines up Andrew Copp and nails him into the boards. A dangerous hit that gets him a penalty. A little frustrating to see Copp sitting on the bench instead of heading to the room considering he is just getting back from a concussion.
The Jets weren’t done there, though. Bryan Little banged one home after a beautiful pass from Jack Roslovic who made quite the argument as to why he deserves to stay on the second line.
Jets win 5-1 in a chippy game marked by (surprise, surprise) poor officiating.
Highlight of the Night
Lowry getting a goal moments after he was called for ‘interference.’ Just absolute perfection.