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Jets Lose in First Shootout of the Season

By Carter Brooks

Photos by James Carey Lauder

The Winnipeg Jets played a near-perfect game on Friday night against the visiting Buffalo Sabres, but couldn’t complete the deal, falling 2-1 in their first appearance in the shootout. 

Jets Lose in First Shootout of the Season

Kyle Connor opening the scoring for Winnipeg in the second period, with his ninth goal of the season that came on a great two-on-one passing setup from Patrik Laine. But Jeff Skinner and the visitors responded, with Skinner knotting the game up at ones just a minute into the third period while on the power play. 

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The game remained tied through 60 minutes of play, and overtime was required. After multiple chances at both ends that surely left some thinking it was over, the Jets and Sabres went the full distance, needing a shootout to determine a winner. 

Laine and Connor each scored for the Jets, while Connor Sheary gave Buffalo the win, as he beat Winnipeg netminder Laurent Brossoit cleanly, going bar-down for the winner in the sixth round of the mini game. 

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Brossoit stopped 30 of 31 shots, picking up the shootout loss in just his fourth test of the 2018-19 campaign, while Thunder Bay product, Carter Hutton, played a sensational game of hockey, shining in the city closest to his hometown, blocking aside 24 of 25 pucks, and picking up Buffalo’s fourth-straight victory in the process. 

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The loss moves Winnipeg to 11-5-2 on the season, while the Jets finish their four-game homestand at 3-0-1. The boys in blue will now hit the road for their next four contests – all coming against Western Conference teams (Vancouver, Calgary, Minnesota and St. Louis). The Jets face-off in Vancouver and Calgary at 9:00 P.M. central time on Monday and Wednesday, respectively. Monday’s game can be seen live on TSN3, while Wednesday’s is available on Sportsnet. 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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