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Jets Double Up Blues in St. Louis

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Jets Double Up Blues in St. Louis

The Winnipeg Jets flew south to St. Louis, picked up two points, ended the Blues’ 11-game home points streak, and headed back home Thursday. As 4-2 winners at Enterprise Center, Winnipeg received goals from Jansen Harkins, Patrik Laine, Andrew Copp and Nikolaj Ehlers, while goaltender Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 35 pucks in the win.

After starting the month with a 5-2 win over St. Louis on February 1 at Bell MTS Place, the Jets continued to juggle its wins and losses, losing on Tuesday against Nashville in overtime at home, before picking up the win Thursday evening in Missouri.

Harkins scored his first career NHL tally eight minutes into the opening frame, before Laine collected his 20th of the season in the early stages of the second period – giving Winnipeg a two-goal lead.

That slight cushion disappeared rather quickly, however, as the Blues relied on defencemen Carl Gunnarsson and Colton Parayko for their depth scoring. Parayko scored at 11:16 of the second period, while Gunnarsson tied the game just over two minutes later.

Copp collected his ninth of the season just over nine minutes into the third period, while Harkins earned the lone assist on the play, giving the rookie a two-point night. Ehlers sealed the deal with his 19th of the season on an empty-net tally in the dying seconds.

St. Louis dominated the shot chart, putting up 37 shots, as compared to Winnipeg’s 25. Hellebuyck made 35 saves, while Binnington stopped 21. Alexander Steen of Winnipeg was honoured by the Blues, as he has now skated in over 1,000 career NHL games. Luca Sbisa left the game after blocking a shot on the inside of his knee, and did not return. Thursday’s game was Paul Maurice’s 500th with Winnipeg.

The Jets now return to Manitoba to prepare for a three-game homestand, featuring visits from the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers. Puck drop from Bell MTS Place on Saturday is set for 1:00 PM against Ottawa. The game can be viewed live 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, coaching hockey is his favourite pastime. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com

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