The Winnipeg Jets had a great opportunity last night when they faced off against the Ottawa Senators at Bell MTS Place.
They had the opportunity to get back to their winning ways against a young team, who is on a skid and have only won two games this season.
There were valuable points on the table for the Jets against the Senators and although the Jets got outplayed in the first, they stuck to their game and skated to a commanding victory.
The Winnipeg Jets had their biggest margin of victory as they beat the Senators 5-1 yesterday evening.
Here are three talking points from yesterday’s Jets win:
3. Nikolaj Ehlers scores another
Nikolaj Ehlers cannot stop scoring and there is a great case that so far he is the most valuable player of the Jets in this season.
Ehlers scored the Jets’ second goal on a tip-in to improve his tally to nine on the young season. This currently puts him in a tie for third place in the league for goals and he is only two behind league leader Auston Matthews.
Ehlers has been a force in this campaign and he is definitely a player to keep your eye on as the Jets make their push to solidify a playoff spot.
2. Jets fly away in the second period
After one period the Jets headed into the locker room tied at zero, but they were being outshot 18-6 and they needed a much better performance in the second frame.
The Jets answered the bell right away in the second and came out flying. It only took them eight seconds to take the lead.
The Jets won the opening face off, dumped it into the Senators zone, Appleton got the puck and fed it to Paul Stastny who was in the slot and he ripped it past Matt Murray’s glove.
The Jets scored two more in the second to end the frame leading by three goals and they looked dominant throughout the period.
1. Hellebuyck delivers another outstanding performance
It feels like most times we do one of these postgame recap articles and the Jets win the game, Connor Helleybuck’s name is mentioned as the star performer. Well, last night was no different.
Hellebuyck played absolutely outstanding and made 41 saves on 42 shots faced. Very seldom do you see a goalie only allow one goal on forty or more shots and when it happens it is usually fun to watch.
The Jets netminder put on an outstanding display last night and put the cap on a big win for the Jets. Hellebuyck currently improved his record to 6-3-1 and has a .920 save percentage and a 2.39 goals against average.
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The Jets and Senators finish their two-game mini series in Winnipeg tomorrow in a matinee matchup. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. central time.
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