The Toronto Maple Leafs swept the 2 video games in Winnipeg, however the Jets weren’t left utterly empty-handed as they settled for a single level in a 2-1 shootout defeat on Friday at Bell MTS Place.
The Jets have been approach higher than the earlier assembly 48 hours earlier and managed the play for a lot of the third interval, however they simply couldn’t muster the go-ahead aim. The Jets have been stymied time and time once more by Maple Leafs tender Jack Campbell who barely got here on high of Connor Hellebuyck on this goaltending duel.
“He performed nicely towards us,” mentioned Hellebuyck. “I obtained a whole lot of respect for the man, and it was enjoyable having a bit of goaltending battle on the market. These small scoring video games towards them don’t actually occur too usually.”
RAW: Winnipeg Jets Connor Hellebuyck Interview – Apr. 2
Campbell completed with 31 stops and has but to lose this season, now 8-0 in eight appearances.
Nevertheless it’s onerous to fault Hellebuyck for the loss who made 37 saves in his three hundredth profession sport. He made a ton of nice saves himself within the early phases of the sport after which shut down the Leafs in extra time whereas the Jets had a person within the penalty field.
“Our goaltender was excellent tonight,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler mentioned. “A few of these saves in extra time have been simply unbelievable, so hats off to our back-end and Helly (Hellebuyck). They performed nice tonight.”
Regardless of leaving their final sport within the first intermission with an undisclosed harm, Wheeler was again within the lineup for the rematch. He had three pictures on aim in a bit of over quarter-hour of ice time. Earlier within the day there was some doubt if he would play or not, however Wheeler wasn’t keen to debate his harm after the sport.
RAW: Winnipeg Jets Blake Wheeler Interview – Apr. 2
The Jets third line of Adam Lowry, Andrew Copp, and Mason Appleton was matched up towards the Leafs high line for a lot of the night time. They not solely saved Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner off the scoresheet however in addition they scored the Jets solely aim to win the matchup.
“We actually didn’t fiddle with the puck an excessive amount of within the impartial zone,” mentioned Copp. “I don’t suppose that’s one thing we wished to do towards that line and feed their transition sport.
“Attempt to be as bodily as attainable towards these guys. Clearly, Marner, Matthews, they’re fairly elusive, in order that they’re kinda powerful to get your fingers on, however I assumed we did nearly as good as a job as we may and forechecked onerous and tried to make them defend.”
RAW: Winnipeg Jets Andrew Copp Interview – Apr. 2
The shootout loss leaves the Jets 4 factors behind the Leafs for high spot within the North Division.
Jets defenceman Tucker Poolman led the Jets with a career-high 24:50 of ice time which is nearly three minutes greater than his earlier excessive.
Kyle Connor led the workforce with six pictures however noticed his four-game level streak come to an finish.
The Leafs had a fast strike simply 4 minutes into the sport of their final outing 48 hours earlier, and so they almost did it once more. Zach Hyman swooped across the internet, circling in entrance of the aim, and Hellebuyck obtained simply sufficient of the puck because it trickled large by a mere inches.
Simply previous the halfway level of the primary, Nate Thompson noticed a large open Appleton within the slot however Campbell made the cease on the wrister. There was no scoring in a reasonably balanced first interval the place the Jets had the benefit in pictures 9-6.
The 2 sides traded possibilities to start out the second body, and simply previous the 5 minute mark, Travis Dermott’s lengthy shot eluded Hellebuyck. His second aim of the season opened the scoring.
Winnipeg notched the equalizer simply previous the halfway mark of the interval due to extra nice play from the Jets third line. On a 2-on-1, Lowry despatched it throughout to Copp, and he took it off his skate earlier than tucking it in behind Campbell. It’s a brand new profession finest for Copp along with his twelfth aim of the season.
The Leafs rang one off the pipe within the interval’s closing minute and it was all even headed to the ultimate body. The pictures have been 17-10 for Toronto within the second.
After Alex Galchenyuk hit the put up to open the third, the Jets got here on sturdy. They’d the Leafs hemmed in their very own zone within the center phases of the interval. Winnipeg had a number of high quality possibilities however the sport stay tied.
The Leafs had a few superb possibilities to win the sport in extra time whereas Pierre-Luc Dubois was within the field for a tripping penalty, however Hellebuyck stood his floor.
Campbell made a pad save on Connor to open the shootout. Jason Spezza gave the Leafs the benefit as he deked Hellebuyck earlier than tucking it simply contained in the put up. Dubois went subsequent for the Jets however his shot was stopped by Campbell with a pleasant kick save.
Matthews had an opportunity to finish it however missed the web. Mark Scheifele needed to rating to increase the shootout however fired it large proper to offer the Leafs the additional level.
The ultimate pictures have been 38-32 for Toronto.
Earlier on Friday, Maurice revealed defenceman Nathan Beaulieu will miss the remainder of the season after present process profitable shoulder surgical procedure on Thursday to restore a torn labrum.
The Jets are again in motion on Monday after the NHL shuffled their schedule following the cancellation of a pair of video games with a COVID-19 outbreak on the Vancouver Canucks.
The Jets will play host to the Ottawa Senators on Monday beginning at 6:00 PM and you may take heed to the sport reside on 680 CJOB with Kelly Moore, Paul Edmonds, and Jamie Thomas.
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