WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Winnipeg’s patchwork prime line pushed the Jets previous the New York Islanders.
Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor every had a aim and an help on the re-worked prime line and the Jets beat the Islanders Four-2 on Friday evening.
Wheeler performed middle rather than the injured Mark Scheifele, with Connor on left wing and Patrik Laine on the precise. Laine had two assists. Scheifele missed his first recreation and is predicted to be out six to eight weeks with an undisclosed upper-body harm.
“We did job,” Wheeler mentioned. “Sadly, (Scheifele) shouldn’t be coming again any time quickly so we have got to depend on the blokes within the room. Everybody takes duty in that, everybody has obtained to step their recreation up a bit of bit. Do some bit extra, do some bit higher. Thus far, so good.”
Shawn Matthias, a wholesome scratch for 11 straight video games, had his first aim of the season, and Adam Lowry tipped in a power-play marker and in addition had an help. Connor Hellebuyck made 42 saves to achieve 20 victories and assist Winnipeg enhance to 14-Three-1 at residence.
I believe pucks had been simply hitting me and I used to be seeing it effectively,” Hellebucyk mentioned. “The fellows had been in the precise spots. I like our effort tonight. I like how we had been capable of put 4 (objectives) in opposition to them as a result of they are not a straightforward crew and it feels good.”
Anders Lee scored his 23rd and 24th objectives for the Islanders, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 33 pictures.
“We’ll attempt to not be too pissed off, however clearly we might have liked to have capitalized on a few of these alternatives in all three intervals,” Islanders star John Tavares mentioned. “(Hellebuyck) performed effectively. Some possibilities we would wish to have again, particularly with the kind of shooters and contact we now have across the internet on this crew.”
The Jets led 2-Zero after the primary interval and 2-1 after the second.
Matthias obtained onto the roster, and the fourth line, with Scheifele’s absence and capitalized rapidly. On his first shift, he scored off Lowry’s rebound at 2:32. The veteran ahead solely performed in one of many earlier 21 video games and his final aim was March eight.
The brand new prime line clicked to make it 2-Zero. Laine handed to Connor, who went to the web after which slid the puck throughout to Wheeler for his 10th aim of the season with Three:03 left within the first.
Lee tipped in Tavares’ one-timer to get his crew on the board at 14:46. Tavares prolonged his level streak to 9 video games with 4 objectives and 14 assists. Josh Bailey additionally assisted, shifting his level streak to 10 video games with six objectives and 12 helpers.
The Islanders additionally outshot the Jets 19-12 within the second.
Winnipeg restored its two-goal lead when Connor scored his 12th of the season at Three:01 of the third off a move from Laine.
Jets ahead Mathieu Perreault hit the submit within the third and former Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd was stymied by Hellebuyck.
Lowry tipped in Jacob Trouba’s level shot with just below eight minutes remaining to make it Four-1, and Lee scored his second aim simply over 4 minutes later.
Islanders: At Colorado in Sunday evening
Jets: At Edmonton on Sunday evening.