Latest Boxscore: Ottawa: 4 - Winnipeg: 3 (FINAL (OT))
Record: 36 – 19 – 4
One of the league's fastest teams put on a clinic Thursday night as the Montreal Canadiens blew past the sluggish Winnipeg Jets 5-2 at Bell Centre.
Jonathan Drouin led the way with two goals and two assists for the Canadiens, now 8-1-1 in the last 10 games. The Jets lost in regulation for the first time in six games.
The final score actually could have been much worse if not for Connor Hellebuyck. The Jets goalie made a couple week's worth of five-star saves, including robbing Drouin of what looked like his hat-trick goal. He had a long list of victims on this night – yet couldn't get any real support in front of him.
Hellebuyck finished the game with 48 stops, including a whopping 35 through the first two periods when Winnipeg was really under siege.
With the loss the Jets record falls to 34-17-3 while the Canadiens improve to 31-18-6.
The Jets continue their three-game road trip when they play Saturday afternoon in Ottawa.
– Mike McIntyre
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What we're reading
- Mulling it over: Senators’ Matt Duchene still undecided on future in Ottawa, writes Sportsnet's Luke Fox
- Break the denial: The Wild appeared to be somewhere between buyers and sellers entering the deadline, but losing captain Mikko Koivu for the remainder of the season should leave no doubt: it's time for Minnesota to start moving pieces out (The Hockey News)
- Net result: Has Carter Hart solved the Flyers' decades-long goaltending search? (ESPN)
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News and numbers
- Puck booth debut: For the first time in his career, Mike Tirico will call play-by-play for an NHL game, when the Detroit Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. CT on NBCSN. Tirico has done play-by-play f the NFL, NBA, tennis, golf, college football, college basketball, and college lacrosse, but NBCSN’s telecast will be his first NHL assignment.
- Mon Dieu!: Jonathan Drouin and Phillip Danault each collected four points, helping the Canadiens to a 5-2 victory against the Jets on home ice.
- Just hope the plane works: Jets coach Paul Maurice gives his overall assessment of Winnipeg's performance Thursday against the Canadiens.
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