December 18, 2018

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Jets conquer New York

Latest Boxscore: Tampa Bay: 4 - Winnipeg: 5 (FINAL (OT))

Record: 22 – 9 – 2

Even with a depleted defensive corps, the Winnipeg Jets managed to beat the New York Islanders 3-1 Tuesday, sweeping their three game road trip through New York and New Jersey. 

The Jets posted a 4-3 overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and a 4-3 shootout win over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Jets top-pairing defenceman Josh Morrissey took the warm-up skate but was a late scratch due to a lower-body injury. 

Nelson Nogier, recalled from the Manitoba Moose over the weekend, was quickly inserted into the lineup but the Jets blue-line was already ravaged by injuries, with Dustin Byfuglien, Joe Morrow and Dmitry Kulikov already on the shelf.

Manitoba Moose call-ups Sami Niku and Cam Schilling were both already dressed for the Jets.

Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck stood tall, making 27 saves.

The win pushes the Jets record on the season to 17-8-2, good for 36 points and third place in the Central Division behind Nashville (39 points) and Colorado (37 points).

The Jets return to action Friday when they take on the St. Louis Blues at BellMTS Place. Start time is 7 pm.


Our coverage

  • Winnipeg Jets players celebrate a goal by Jacob Trouba during the third period of their win over the New York Islanders, Tuesday.

    Winnipeg Jets players celebrate a goal by Jacob Trouba during the third period of their win over the New York Islanders, Tuesday.

    How sweep it is: Jets fend off Isles in 3-1 win to go undefeated on 3-game swing through New York and New Jersey
  • Pulock anchoring Isles' blue line: Manitoba product has earned trust of new coach
  • C'mon Ref: NHL officials aren't calling 'em as they see 'em
  • New kinds on the block: NHL adds Seattle as league's 32nd team, play begins in 2021
  • Sabres cut-less: Matthews scores 2 for Maple Leafs in 4-3 OT win over Sabres

What we're reading

  • National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announced approval of league expansion in Seattle Tuesday.

    National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announced approval of league expansion in Seattle Tuesday.

    West word: Seattle’s rich yet niche hockey history is finally ready for the NHL, says Larry Stone of the Seattle Times
  • Big bucks: The league's salary cap is projected to hit $83 million by 2019-20 — which teams will benefit most? (The Hockey News)
  • Inside scoop: Everything you need to know about the Seattle NHL expansion team (Sportsnet)
  • Roots for NHL success: Fan base, hockey history should help thriving city support new team in Seattle

In case you missed it

  • Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele. (CP)

    Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele.

    Scheifele a shrewd, shifty sharpshooter: Jets' No.1 centre on pace for a 50-goal season
  • DUMP & CHASE: Laced up and ready to hit the ice
  • Ahead by a century: Jets' gifted sniper crossed the 100-goal Laine Thursday; the Free Press has gathered some of what he and others have had to say since goal No. 1 in 2016

News and numbers

  • Manitoba Moose Teddy Bear Toss.

    Manitoba Moose Teddy Bear Toss.

    Teddy Bear Toss: The Manitoba Moose will hold their annual Teddy Bear Toss when they host the Toronto Marlies Saturday, Dec. 15. During the first intermission, fans can toss their toys on to the ice where they will be collected and donated to the Christmas Cheer Board. A limited number of toys will be available for purchase on the concourse for a cash donation to the Christmas Cheer Board. The goal is to break the Moose all-time record set in 2016 when fans tossed 2,905 plush toys to the ice.
  • Terrier on a tear: Thanks to an explosive four-game stretch, Joey Moffatt of the Portage Terriers has been named the MJHL Player of the Week. Moffatt, 17, recorded eight points (3-5) in four games for the league-leading Terriers. The native of Portage has 12 goals and 30 points in 23 games this season.

Video review

  • New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee.

    New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee.

    Jets road worthy: Highlights of Winnipeg's come from behind win over the New York Islanders in Brooklyn, Tuesday.
  • Three for Three: Post-game interviews with the Winnipeg Jets as they wrap up their victorious three-game road trip on the East Coast.

Hot shot of the night

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck bats a New York Islanders shot away from the net during the second period of their game, Tuesday, in New York.

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