The Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars in overtime when Mark Scheifele decided he had enough and wanted to go home to watch the Winnipeg Blue Bombers play the Calgary Stampeders. While the third period was a strong period for the Jets, the first two periods were not their best work. The second was especially weak from them with the first just being boring from both teams. However, the Jets did bring it in the third and earned the win once again. Now if they could put together a whole game.
- The powerplay has had issues for a while and they are still there. When they manage to set up shop in the offensive zone, they are solid. However, trying to set up ship can be a struggle for the first unit. When they can maintain control, they get their shots in and sometimes even score. Today it was Patrik Laine who was able to break through with one of his patented one-timers. When the powerplay works, it works. When it doesn’t work, it an impact the game negatively and the latter has happened to the Jets a few times.
- Shoots, shots, shots. After the first two periods only one line had more than five shots and that was the third line. Adam Lowry, Andrew Copp, and Mathieu Perreault had seven shots while the rest of the team only had six based on the TSN graphic. While the Jets turned it around in the third, they need to stop relying on coming through in later periods and instead play the whole game. That said, it was lovely to see the Lowry line rewarded with Copp’s goal to tie the game up at two.
- Dmitry Kulikov is struggling. Maybe he has never stopped struggling. Yes, Neal Pionk was the defenceman who lost the puck to the forecheck on Dallas’ first goal, but Kulikov has been lost more than he should be on defence. He is a NHL defenceman, but not a top four player and someone who has probably earned a scratch or two.