The Winnipeg Jets have been a star-driven team this season, so if a big night from the support staff is a harbinger of things to come, watch out.

The Jets completed a home-and-home sweep of the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, downing their opponents 4-1 at the Bell MTS Centre after beating them by the same count on Saturday in Arizona. Before puck drop, Winnipeg — which has earned at least a point in 11 of its past 12 outings — honoured one of its all-timers by inducting Dale Hawerchuk into its Hall of Fame. For the most part, the Jets have relied on the scoring exploits of their Hawerchuk-type talents, guys like Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine.

Against the Coyotes, though, Winnipeg was defined by the contributions of third- and fourth-liners like Andrew Copp, Joel Armia and Adam Lowry — all of whom hit the back of the net — and the fine goaltending of Connor Hellebuyck.

The first period was a prime example of what the bottom half of the lineup can bring. After Hellebuyck’s strong play helped Winnipeg kill off a pair of penalties, Copp opened the scoring by plucking a dump-in off the wall, taking the puck to the goal past Coyotes defenceman Dakota Mermis and banging his own rebound past goalie Antti Raanta.

No finesse or razzle-dazzle: just the kind of hard, greasy play the Jets needed on a night when Laine’s five-game goal-scoring streak came to an end and both Wheeler and Scheifele were held off the scoresheet.

“To win games, you’ve got to get [scoring] from other places,” said Jets coach …read more


(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *