Game Recap: Winnipeg Jets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

The Winnipeg Jets are gracing our screens as soon as once more. I wasn’t positive which staff we’d see in opposition to the Toronto Maple Leafs, particularly after a so-so win in opposition to the Sens on Wednesday. Although the Leafs have been down Auston Matthews and William Nylander, that staff nonetheless has loads of expertise to cope with. The Jets responded in sort with a reasonably enjoyable, eventful, and bodily outing!

The First Interval

Issues kicked off fairly shortly, with the Leafs wanting the faster of the 2 squads. It’s not shocking, particularly with Winnipeg being on the tail-end of a back-to-back. I anticipated Toronto to personal the primary few shifts till the Jets had their skating legs beneath them. All that stated, Morrissey-Poolman gave the Jets some early matches after the Leafs took the pairing to process. On the second strive, Alex Galchenyuk discovered himself uncovered on the left aspect, with Morrissey out of sight and Scheifele failing to trace down the Leafs skater. Galchenyuk deftly dispatched the feed despatched his means, however it occurred so shortly, the refs didn’t know he scored! It took a stable minute or so earlier than the customary aim whistle went off to announce Alex’s tally.

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The Leafs have been feeling good about issues, however these pesky Jets can do a quantity on you if you least count on it. Toronto buttfumbled a 5-on-3 energy play and as an alternative discovered itself killing off a penalty of its personal a couple of minutes later. The Jets energy play took lower than 10 seconds to attain, with Nik Ehlers greasing one via Jack Campbell’s pads. Toronto all of a sudden appeared to lose composure, and gave up a 2-on-1 to Scheifele and Connor lower than a minute later. KFC did the Factor to place Winnipeg up on the scoresheet. The Jets nonetheless weren’t performed, although. Only a bit over a minute later, a cheeky Dubois stick carry at Winnipeg’s blueline gave Scheifele room to streak down the ice on a breakaway. Mark did the Factor too and deposited the puck behind Campbell. That spelled the top of Jack’s night time, and Winnipeg welcomed Large Save Dave Rittich to the fray. Toronto was doubtless relieved Rittich didn’t concede any extra stinkers earlier than intermission.

The Second Interval

Winnipeg began off the second body effectively sufficient, creating some early stress up the ice and disrupting Toronto’s breakouts. Because the interval wore on, although, the Leafs began to dial the tempo up. Toronto hit the Jets with quite a few counters and a few harmful seems within the slot. Hellebuyck navigated the visitors effectively, however the Jets lastly received bitten on a wierd defensive sequence. Heinola was watching a number of Leafs on the left aspect as DeMelo got here in behind to help him. It left John Tavares vast open on the best aspect, and neither of Scheifele and Dubois stopped Tavares from crashing the crease. JT tipped an ideal feed from the wall previous Hellebuyck and the Jets have been all of a sudden clinging to a 1-goal lead.

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The interval firmly belonged to the Leafs, however the Jets confirmed some sparks close to the top of the 20 minutes. It wasn’t sufficient to get Winnipeg an prolonged lead, however it gave me hope that the staff would keep forward simply sufficient to get each factors. I suppose having a 1-goal lead in opposition to Toronto on the street ain’t the worst factor on this planet!

The Third Interval

The Leafs did their finest to make the Jets sweat, however Winnipeg appeared ready for Toronto’s early stress. Toronto hoped to make a press release and drive the Jets into some uncomfortable spots, however Winnipeg put the onus again on the Leafs first. Ehlers caught Mitch Marner napping in his personal finish and stole the puck. Nik minimize in straight in the direction of Rittich, catching the netminder off-guard. Ehlers did the remaining and slid the puck via Large Save Dave to revive Winnipeg’s 2-goal lead. The Jets added an extra tally earlier than the top of regulation, a cheeky energy play empty-net aim from KFC. Winnipeg performed a reasonably stable sport, outmuscled the Leafs, received the win, and that’s all a fan can ask for. See you this weekend, of us!

Three Takeaways

Ville Heinola is again…kinda!

The younger Finn is lastly again within the line-up. His sport in opposition to the Leafs was on the more durable aspect, however the child hasn’t performed hockey in almost a month. It appeared like Maurice had him out with the 4th line continuously, together with some more durable DZ shifts. You possibly can see Ville making some good performs in his personal finish, so it’d be good to see him get some extra video games sooner or later.

Nik Ehlers went off.

Ehlers hasn’t at all times been at 100% this season, however he was a drive to behold in opposition to Toronto. His aim contributions and elusive skating left the Leafs in shambles all night time. Nik continues to be the staff’s MVP and it’s fairly deserved.

The tip of the season is in sight…

Winnipeg solely has 12 video games remaining. With the post-season shut at hand, the staff might want to determine the perfect association earlier than spherical 1. Let’s hope it contains some expert youth!

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