WINNIPEG- The Jets needed to stop the talk and walk the walk on the ice and they did just that in a solid sixty-minute effort beating the New Jersey Devils 3-0 to snap their three-game losing streak at the soldout MTS Centre.
Back up goalie Al Montoya, starting his first game of the season, was solid as he stopped all 24 shots to get the shutout and his first win of the year.
The Jets came out flying as Coach Noel juggled his lines to get some energy back into their game.
Evander Kane who was moved to play with Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler was a force all night as he got his 2nd and 3rd goals of the year and was named the game’s second star.
Captain Andrew Ladd got the other Winnipeg goal as he finished off the scoring with under thirty seconds to play.
The Devils came and played New Jersey hockey, smart, not flashy but couldn’t manage to get their first win of the season.
Winnipeg had all hands on deck as everybody was banging and making the right decisions managing the puck all game long.
Dustin Byfuglien had an edge all night as he was lowering the shoulder with some thundering body checks all game, he was also dangerous with the puck creating numerous chances.
Rookie Jacub Trouba continued to impress and show he is the real deal, He played almost twenty seven minutes and continued with his smooth skating and great puck sense.
Fourth line center Jim Slater had a great game as well along with defence men Zach Bogosian and Mark Stuart who were banging and blocking shots.
The Devils who went 0 for 5 on the power play couldn’t manage to crack the Jets penalty kill even on a two man advantage.
The six-game winless slide to start the season is New Jersey’s worst start to a season since the team moved to New Jersey.
Winnipeg center Olli Jokinen got his 700th career NHL point as he got a helper on Kanes 2nd goal.
The Jets will look to continue their strong play as they will welcome the Montreal Canadians on Tuesday night.
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