1. Kyle Connor Steals the Show
Coming into this game, Kyle Connor was not having the same scoring success as he was having in his Lady Byng Trophy winning season last year. Compared to the 11 goals he had at the same stage of last season, Connor entered this game with two under his belt.
On the night the Jets inducted elite goalscorer, Teemu Selänne into their Hall of Fame, the Jets number eighty-one stole the show and led the Jets to victory.
In this game, the twenty-five-year-old scored all three of the Jets’ goals and had his third career hat trick.
The hat trick was also completed in dramatic fashion as Connor scored his third goal with less than a minute in regulation, on a beautiful play with Mark Scheifele to give the Jets the 3-2 lead, which they held onto.
All of these goals show Connor’s offensive prowess. Connor was at the right place at the right time for all of these goals.
On his second and third goals, Connor found quiet ice and open pockets in Anaheim’s defense, while his teammates had the puck. This led the Jets’ number eighty-one to be open near the slot with a great scoring opportunity, which he found the back of the net.
This was a great night for Kyle Connor and the Winnipeg Jets. This performance may open the floodgates for Connor and he may start scoring goals in bunches.
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Winnipeg will now conclude this homestand with two straight matchups against Eastern Conference Opponents. The Jets will be back in action on Saturday night (November 19) as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins in game two of this homestand. On Monday (November 21), Winnipeg will face off against the Carolina Hurricanes.