After defeating the Calgary Flames 2-1 on a Bryan Little overtime winner in the 2019 Heritage Classic from Regina last Saturday, the Jets continued travelling west with Tuesday, Friday and Saturday games against the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights, respectively.
Tuesday’s contest in Anaheim did not go according to plan, as the visitors gave up four goals in the second period, en route to a 7-4 loss, despite carrying a lead in the early going. Connor Hellebuyck did not play his best hockey, giving up five goals on 19 shots, before being replaced by backup Laurent Brossoit. John Gibson stopped 36 of 40 Winnipeg shots.
The Jets then faced off against the Sharks and Golden Knights in a west coast back-to-back Friday and Saturday evenings, pulling off a miraculous 3-2 win in the Bay Area, before beating the league’s newest team 4-3 in overtime the following day.
Friday’s contest saw Winnipeg outshot horrifically, with Connor Hellebuyck turning aside 51 shots, before Nikolaj Ehlers scored the game-winner with just 1:24 left to play in the third period, as the Jets bested the Sharks 3-2 at the SAP Center. Winnipeg had a brutal time creating offence, registering just 19 total shots in the game, never producing more than nine in one period. Kyle Connor assisted on the Jets’ first two goals, before Jack Roslovic set up Ehlers with a crafty game-winning pass late in the third period.
Saturday’s overtime thriller saw Winnipeg fall behind early, trailing 3-1 to Vegas after 20 minutes of play. Following a scoreless second period, the Jets scored the game’s next three goals, relying on Mathieu Perreault’s second goal of the game, this time a power play strike, midway through the third, before Mark Scheifele tied the game with six minutes to go on Kyle Connor’s second assist of the night.
3:22 into the extra frame, Connor won it for the Jets on a great Patrik Laine setup pass. Laurent Brossoit stopped 23 pucks for the Jets, while Malcom Subban made 35 stops on 39 Winnipeg shots. The Jets improved their record to 8-7-0 through the first 15 games of the 2019-20 season.
Winnipeg returns home for a four-game set at Bell MTS Place beginning on Tuesday evening. The Jets host the New Jersey Devils (Tuesday), Vancouver Canucks (Friday), Dallas Stars (Sunday) and Colorado Avalanche (Tuesday) before heading out on another four-game road trip. All four games will be available on TSN3. Puck drop is scheduled or 7:00 PM central.