Warning: this recap is written in a special format primarily as a result of the sport ended late and the writer went to mattress proper after.
these video games that you’ve low expectations for and get pleasantly shocked? That was this sport. The Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks may have been a slog to look at as a fan. The Jets may have performed a bunch of Jets issues to frustrate a fan. Nevertheless, when essentially the most annoying a part of a sport is the printed, you might be watching a fairly good sport particularly one that’s a part of a string of late video games the Jets have this week which can subsequently be over earlier than Spring Break.
Blake Wheeler scored a aim at even power and he offered Thatcher Demko on the cross so nicely I used to be embarrassed for Demko as he bit so onerous that Wheeler scored on a weak shot. Wonderful transfer from the veteran ahead although. After that aim, not loads occurred offensively for an entire half-hour. Each groups traded possibilities, however it was plenty of regular forwards and backwards fare with none actual stand out. The largest information was the Canucks hit a few posts.
Now this is able to usually be the area the place I might speak concerning the Jets incapability to shut out opponents. There could be an extended remark about how they solely play two durations, however this sport was totally different. This sport they performed all three durations and had been rewarded with three third interval targets included two from Andrew Copp. Paul Stastny scored the third aim of the interval, capping off a sport that noticed him tie his dad for video games performed within the NHL.
This was one of many Jets higher video games of the season. They performed the entire sport which regularly seems like a bonus primarily based on their whole season, they had been rewarded for his or her onerous work, and no defenceman made you need to pull your hair out. And Connor Hellebuyck received a shut out that didn’t really feel like an enormous deal. He had a pair nice saves which had been additionally actually well timed, however for essentially the most half it felt like a “ho-hum” night time for him which is what you need. It’s nice in case your goalie can win you video games, however ideally they solely do this for you a few times a season. It seems like Hellebuyck is consistently bailing the Jets out. A sport like this the place he comes up with a pair key saves is a very good look throughout.
If the Jets can play like this extra typically and if they begin rotating in a few of their extra expert defencemen, perhaps there’s something there. Perhaps there’s something that may make them extra of a authentic menace exterior of the North Division. Do be aware that we all know they can’t solely play with the Toronto Maple Leafs, however completely beat them in a collection so that’s now not a priority. On y va.