WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The Jets handed the New Jersey Devils back-to-back defeats with a 3-1 win.
The MTS Center crowd was buzzing as the Jets were coming off an impressive road swing that saw them win four out of five games.
Winnipeg was hoping to snap the four-game funk they had at home, and it didn’t take long to get the fans going as captain Andrew Ladd was sprung on a breakaway just eight seconds into the period off a Zac Bogosian pass. Ladd made no mistake as he beat Devils goalie Johan Heberg for the early 1-0 lead for the Jets
This was the seventh straight game that the Jets have opened the scoring.
Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec had to be sharp on a couple of New Jersey chances to keep the one goal lead in the first period.
After 20 minutes the Jets were up 1-0 with shots favoring the home team 8-5.
The Devils got on the board early in the second as former Jet Alexei Ponikarovsky found Andrei Lokitonov who snapped a shot through the five hole of Pavelec to tie things up.
With not much excitement going on in the middle period, the Devils found themselves in some penalty trouble.
The Jets were given a 5-on-3 advantage but couldn’t seem to gain any type of control to find the twine.
After 40 minutes it was a 1-1 game and the Devils come back even the shots on goal at 13-13.
With both teams a man down playing four aside Dustin Byfuglien decided he didn’t want this game going to overtime. He took the puck from behind his own net and made a beauty coast-to-coast rush and Ladd was there to bang in a rebound to make it 2-1 for Winnipeg.
With the Devils net empty, Ladd made a nice pass to Blake Wheeler who deposited the puck into the empty net to seal the deal.
With the win the Jets snapped their 4-game home losing streak and also climbed into the top 8 in the East.
Next up for the Jets are the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin who visit the MTS Center on Saturday afternoon.
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