It was déjà vu yet again for the Vancouver Canucks.
Winnipeg Jets goalie Laurent Brossoit returned to his hometown, the location of his solely profession shutout, and blanked the Canucks for a second time because the Jets earned a 2-0 victory on the Rogers Enviornment.
This time Brossoit made 29 saves for the shutout. It was the Jets’ first sport in Vancouver since December 22, 2018 the place Brossoit stopped 40 pictures in a 1-0 shutout of the Canucks.
“All of them really feel good,” Brossoit mentioned. “Particularly when it’s in your hometown, it feels that a lot better. It’s simply one other good sport so as to add to a superb begin to our season.”
RAW: Winnipeg Jets Laurent Brossoit Interview – Feb. 19
Backed by Brossoit, the Jets improved to 10-6-1 on the season.
It was Brossoit’s first sport in additional than two weeks as he made simply his fourth begin of the season.
“He’s gone lengthy runs due to the schedule,” head coach Paul Maurice mentioned. “And been capable of come out with some actually huge performances. He’s underrated.
“Our goaltending tandem is simply exceptionally robust.”
“LB was wonderful tonight,” defenceman Neal Pionk mentioned. “Clearly our greatest participant. He’s received one of many tougher jobs within the league. He is aware of that Bucky (Connor Hellebuyck) is gonna get many of the video games, and he is available in, and he’s been able to play this yr. It’s been superior.”
RAW: Winnipeg Jets Neal Pionk Interview – Feb. 19
“He’s been implausible,” Scheifele mentioned. “Each sport he is available in, he provides us an opportunity to win. It’s fairly superior when you’ve gotten two nice goalies that irrespective of who’s in we all know we’re going to get their greatest.”
Brossoit outdueled Canucks tender Thatcher Demko in a showcase of excellent goaltending. Demko was solely crushed as soon as with Mark Scheifele scoring on a breakaway within the first interval. Mason Appleton closed out the scoring into an empty internet with underneath two minutes remaining.
The Jets have now received six straight video games in Vancouver.
The Jets managed to lock down the Canucks within the third interval, the place Vancouver solely managed a few scoring probabilities, whereas getting held to solely 9 pictures on aim.
“We shut it down,” mentioned Scheifele. “We had good sticks. We didn’t permit a number of second probability alternatives.
“We knew getting into that it was going to be a good checking sport. It was going to be a defensive battle, and it undoubtedly lived as much as these expectations.”
RAW: Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele Interview – Feb. 19
The Jets nonetheless haven’t misplaced again to again video games in regulation time this season.
And whereas a majority of their wins have are available excessive scoring affairs, the Jets proved on this night time they will additionally come out on prime within the shut checking video games as effectively.
“We haven’t been in an entire lot of these this yr,” mentioned Scheifele. “Final time we did it, we got here out, and we weren’t ready for the grind that Vancouver was going to present us. And we did a a lot better job of getting ready ourselves tonight.”
Winnipeg edged Vancouver in pictures 31-29.
Scheifele’s first interval aim prolonged his level streak to 9 video games. He additionally has a aim in every of the final 4 contests,
Appleton’s aim provides him 5 for the yr, which matches his profession greatest from final season.
Ahead Pierre-Luc Dubois missed a fourth consecutive sport, however Nate Thompson returned to the lineup after a 12-game absence. Thompson changed Kristian Vesalainen in his first sport in nearly a month.
Thompson had one hit, and one block in 6:56 of ice time.
The Jets opened the scoring a little bit over seven minutes into the primary interval. Scheifele received the race to a unfastened puck within the impartial zone and sped in on the breakaway. He outmaneuvered Demko and scored on the backhand for his ninth aim of the season.
A majority of the primary interval was spent within the Canuck’s zone, however Scheifele’s marker was the one aim of the opening interval. The Jets outshot the Canucks 15-9 within the first 20 minutes.
Vancouver got here on stronger within the center stanza, and with underneath three minutes left within the second, Nate Schmidt was denied on a breakaway by Brossoit. The puck initially slid behind him, however Brossoit pounced on it proper earlier than it crossed the aim line.
The Jets got here near taking a two-goal lead within the dying seconds of the interval. After a aim mouth scramble the officers went to video assessment to see if the puck crossed the road. However it was dominated no aim.
The Canucks led within the shot division 11-8 within the interval, however Brossoit made some well timed saves to protect the one-goal lead.
Neither staff gave up a lot in the best way of scoring probabilities within the remaining body earlier than Appleton sealed the win with an empty netter.
Tempers erupted within the remaining minute after Derek Forbort rubbed out Nils Hoglander into the aspect boards. All 10 skaters on the ice received concerned within the scrum as each Forbort and Jake Virtanen got sport misconducts.
The Jets will shut out the four-game highway journey on Sunday with the rematch in opposition to the Canucks. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:00 pm and you’ll hear the sport dwell on 680 CJOB with Kelly Moore, Paul Edmonds, and Jamie Thomas.
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