MONTREAL, QC – The Jets were looking for a big game this afternoon in a place where they haven’t had much success against a team that has had their number since returning to Winnipeg but got huge team effort and a big 2-1 victory over the Canadians.
“I thought most of the wounds we had out there were self-inflicted,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “We do some fun things with the puck at strange times. But that’s part of the learning progression for us and more than anything that’s part of confidence, when you feel you can just play your game and you don’t have to do a whole lot more than play your game to have success. That’s been one of our goals, to get that kind of play out.”
Al Montoya was huge stopping 30 shots and had some luck on his side as the goal posts helped him out on a few occasions to get his 10th win of the season.
“The guys are starting to play, and it’s not every other night, it’s every night,” Montoya said. “If one guy’s not going, then someone else is picking up the slack. It’s a team game, and we know that’s what it takes to be successful in this League. You need to have guys going every single night. You can’t have a night off.
“Coach or no coach, it’s about the guys in this locker room buying in and believing in each other.”
Montreal goalie Carey Price was good as well as he stopped 33 Jets shots taking the loss.
Winnipeg played another solid game as they continued to play a fast physical style but also were great in their own end getting to loose pucks and getting them out of harm’s way.
The Jets got goals from Toby Enstrom his 6th , Michael Frolik got his 12th which was also the GWG.
Montreal got its lone goal from Captain Brian Gionta, his 10th.
“It’s tough to win games when you only score one goal,” Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges said. “We have to find a way to score more than that.”
The Jets got strong games from Big Dustin Byfuglien who was a force all game and was named the games second star , he had a great battle going on all game with Montreal’s Douglas Murray as the two were battling hard in front of Price all game.
Mark Stuart was a warrior showing everybody what it takes to win as he was again throwing himself in front of every Montreal shot he could and mixing it up every whistle.
Montreal has now lost two in a row as they lost both of there superbowl weekend tradition home games.
Zach Bogosian led the Jets with twenty-seven minutes of ice time , Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler were the top forwards with just over twenty minutes.http://
The Jets are in dog fight for a playoff spot but have now pulled to within 4 points of the final playoff spot.
They will continue this four-game road trip with a stop on Tuesday in Carolina.
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