The Winnipeg Jets faced off against the Ottawa Senators last night at Bell MTS Place to conclude a three-game homestand, before hitting the road for five straight.
The Jets were looking to get back into the win column after getting swept in their last series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Winnipeg Jets held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3
This win propelled the Jets back into second place in the North Division and Winnipeg now currently sits 15 points ahead of the teams outside playoff position in the North.
Here are the three talking points from yesterday’s Jets game:
3. The Jets Looked Solid from the Start
After losing the first two games of this three-game set on home ice, you had a feeling that the Jets were going to come out strong from the opening puck drop yesterday, and they did exactly that.
From the opening shift, the Jets imposed their gameplan on the Senators. Winnipeg played fast, physical, and gave Ottawa no time to make any plays.
The Jets were rewarded for their efforts when Pierre-Luc Dubois scored two minutes into the game. This goal was courtesy of a great forecheck and play behind the net from Blake Wheeler.
The Jets dominated the rest of the first period, but unfortunately for them, they could not beat Anton Forsberg again.
Winnipeg’s start to this game was extremely fun to watch and it is something that has been missing from prior games.
2. Dubois has Two Goals
Besides also scoring the first goal of the game, Pierre-Luc Dubois also scored on the powerplay in the second period to give the Jets a 3-1 lead.
This goal was a beautiful powerplay setup and a terrific play by the Jets to get the puck to Andrew Copp in the slot, who then fired home a pass to Dubois who was wide open on the backdoor.
Dubois then fired home a one-timer for his ninth goal of the season.
Dubois led the charge for the Jets with two goals yesterday and his performance is definitely worthy of being a talking point of the game.
1. The Jets Hang On
The Winnipeg Jets started the final frame of the game in a comfortable position, they were up 4-1 against the Senators and were outshooting Ottawa 36-14.
Winnipeg had complete control and was dominating every aspect of the game. The Jets just needed a solid twenty minutes to go home with two points.
Ottawa scored halfway into the period on the powerplay to make the scoreline 4-2. Then six minutes later, the Senators scored again to pull themselves within one of Winnipeg with just a little bit more than five minutes remaining in the game.
Fortunately, Winnipeg weathered the storm in the final minutes of the game and held on for the win. Ottawa definitely provided a scare in the third for the Jets, who are a very strong third period team.
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The Winnipeg Jets will be back in action on Thursday night as they begin their road trip in Montreal against the Canadiens.
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