WINNIPEG, MB – The Jets were hoping for revenge Saturday after losing an ugly game before Christmas against Edmonton. They got it in a 3-2 OT thriller led by a pair of rookies who are starting to lead the Jets on a nightly basis.
Mark Scheifele and Jacub Trouba are quickly becoming go-to guys for new bench boss Paul Maurice and he loves the fact that they are rookies who continue to get better each game .
“This is what I liked about this game,” Maurice said. “We’ve got this building as a bit of a powder keg. If we can get a goal in the first five minutes, this building will rock the rest of the night. But what we didn’t do in a 0-0 game or down one was open up our game or change.”
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 19 shots to get another win and he has to love this new found defensive game the Jets are playing as they only allowed 21 total shots.
Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 35 shots in the loss and kept his team in this one the entire game as he made numerous outstanding saves.
“I thought [Bryzgalov] battled,” Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. “I thought he was in the fight there. He was holding his ground as Winnipeg tried coming to that crease and that’s important. You need your goalie in there fighting like that, and I thought he was good.”
The Jets got a pair of goals from Trouba including the OT winner his 6th and 7th goals of the season.
“I think we’re just having fun and rolling with it,” Trouba said. “Nobody really got down when [Edmonton scored]. We responded well, and I think everyone was pretty happy with how we played.”
Scheifele picked up his 9th of the season which was also his first goal at home as he had scored all of his goals on the road. Trouba was also named the game’s first star.
Edmonton got goals from Jordan Eberle his 16th a beauty on the power play, David Perron potted his 18th of the year.
The Jets have now won three in a row since Maurice took over and although they have beaten two teams below them in the standings fans should be encouraged in the energy and their new attention to detail in the defensive zone.
“I’m really pleased with the outcome, because the effort was really good,” Maurice said. “The intensity was good. There was nothing easy about that for us.”
Dustin Byfuglien had another strong game up front as he played his fourth straight game as a winger, he logged twenty-two minutes of ice and had numerous chances.
Mark Stuart and newcomer Matt Hendricks dropped the mitts in the third as this game was a hard hitting chippy affair.
The Jets will now head out on a tough game road trip through San Jose and Anaheim before heading back home to play the Maple Leafs .
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