Jets dominate Blues, jump back into series – Winnipeg Free Press

Jets dominate Blues, jump back into series - Winnipeg Free Press
5 Keys: Jets at Blues, Game 3
Patrik Laine scores his third goal of the playoffs against the Blues netminder Jordan Binnington in the second-period. The tally gave the Jets a 2-1 lead and they never looked back. JEFF ROBERSON / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ST. LOUIS — It would have been so easy to get deflated. The Winnipeg Jets, after all, were down 2-0 in the series after two tough, one-goal losses on home ice. And here they were in enemy territory, chasing the game Sunday after St. Louis struck first late in the opening period.

Patrik Laine, who has scored goals in each of the first two games, is expected to play with Bryan Little and Nikolaj Ehlers. Lowry is likely to skate with Andrew Copp and Tanev. Mathieu Perreault will return the lineup after missing Game 2 with an undisclosed injury, taking Lindholms place, and play with center Kevin Hayes and Jack Roslovic.

The Jets had dominated the opening 20 minutes, among their finest of the season, yet had nothing to show for it. Maybe rookie Jordan Binnington, who made several jaw-dropping saves, really did have their number. Perhaps it just truly wasnt meant to be.

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But persistence finally paid off as the Jets picked themselves up off the mat and struck for three quick goals in the middle frame. The end result was an impressive and much-needed 6-3 victory at Enterprise Center which gets them right back in the best-of-seven playoff series.

Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck has made 52 saves on 58 shots (.897 save percentage) but struggled in Game 2, allowing four goals on 32 shots. Coach Paul Maurice is expecting a bounce-back game from Hellebuyck but said hes also expecting him to have some help. 

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Connor scores twice as Jets bounce back with win over Blues

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Donning a St. Louis Blues jersey in Winnipeg right now is likely to draw the ire of all around you. But Brandon, Man., couple Bob and Lois Edmundson have a pretty good excuse to do that.

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Par Lindholm comes out of the lineup with Perreaults return. No other changes are expected, with the same six defenceman and Connor Hellebuyck in goal. Maurice expects a strong bounceback game from his No. 1 netminder after he struggled in Fridays 4-3 loss at Bell MTS Place, which gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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St. Louis Blues Oskar Sundqvist (70) scores on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) during first period NHL playoff action in Winnipeg on Friday, April 12, 2019. The Jets need to win tonight in St. Louis in Game 3 of the playoffs. The Blues have won the first two games of the series. John Woods / The Canadian Press

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"We know the guys we have in this room. We’ve been tested together before and we typically play our best hockey under those circumstances. So, it gives us a lot to lean on and obviously, like I said, these are the games that you work for to play in. We’re excited for the challenge,” Wheeler said this morning.

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It not a must win, but its close. After narrowly missing out in Games One and Two, the Winnipeg Jet will see lineup changes to shake things up. Brandon Tanev did spark a bit of something on the team, but it was sadly not enough to push the Jets to a win.

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ST. LOUIS — It would have been so easy to get deflated. The Winnipeg Jets, after all, were down 2-0 in the series after two tough, one-goal losses on home ice. And here they were in enemy territory, chasing the game Sunday after St. Louis struck first late in the opening period.

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The Jets had dominated the opening 20 minutes, among their finest of the season, yet had nothing to show for it. Maybe rookie Jordan Binnington, who made several jaw-dropping saves, really did have their number. Perhaps it just truly wasnt meant to be.

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But persistence finally paid off as the Jets picked themselves up off the mat and struck for three quick goals in the middle frame. The end result was an impressive and much-needed 6-3 victory at Enterprise Center which gets them right back in the best-of-seven playoff series.

St. Louis had a chance in the third, pulling within one when Tarasenko scored a power-play goal just 1:51 into the period. But Tanev and Byfuglien responded for Winnipeg, running its lead back out to 5-2 with 11:54 left.

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Hockey is a funny game. The Jets had no shortage of scoring chances in the opening period, with Bryan Little and Mathieu Perreault both on the wrong end of some Binnington larceny. But David Perron got the only goal, a power play tally with just 48 seconds left as his shot deflected off Dustin Byfugliens skate to beat Connor Hellebuyck.

Hayes started the blitz with a shot from the point that went through traffic before slipping past Binnington. Laine then scored his third goal of the series, converting a pass from Jacob Trouba.

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And so go figure that an absolutely harmless looking shot by Kevin Hayes from the Blues blue-line somehow found the back of the net. Replays showed the floater hit Alex Pietrangelo before going in 4:57 into the period.

Binnington made a trio of saves in the opening 5:45 to keep the game scoreless. He denied Bryan Little, Hayes, and Mathieu Perrault. Binnington stopped 50 of 54 shots over the first two games.

A big skirmish in front of the Blues net a couple minutes later saw Byfuglien and Brayden Schenn feeding each other fists, and their matching roughing minors became a turning point.

Its no secret the Jets love four-on-four action, as they took full advantage of the extra ice. Patrik Laine put the Jets ahead after a dominant shift from him, Bryan Little, Josh Morrissey and Jacob Trouba. St. Louis couldnt even touch the puck, the Jets playing keep-away for nearly a minute until the goal at 7:47.

St. Louis had a chance in the third, pulling within one when Tarasenko scored a power-play goal just 1:51 into the period. But Tanev and Byfuglien responded for Winnipeg, running its lead back out to 5-2 with 11:54 left.

Laine now has goals in all three games after finishing the regular-season with just one tally in his final 19 contests.

And for the third straight game, the Jets had a lead. But their inability to pull away in the first two proved costly. And so Kyle Connors power-play goal at 8:58 was huge, giving the Jets their first two-goal lead of the series.

Hayes started the blitz with a shot from the point that went through traffic before slipping past Binnington. Laine then scored his third goal of the series, converting a pass from Jacob Trouba.

Byfuglien and Schenn were still in the box, so this was a four-on-three man advantage in which coach Paul Maurice opted to use four forwards. It worked.

"It’s good for us. Coming into this barn, it’s a hard barn to play. But to take two is a really good sign for this team. But that doesn’t mean anything. We gotta focus on Game 3 right now. We know they’re gonna come hard. We gotta continue what we’re doing," said forward Pat Maroon, who has certainly put his stamp on the series so far by setting up the winning goal in Game 1, then scoring the second-period equalizer in Game 2.

Things got a bit tight just 1:51 into the third period as Vladimir Tarasenko, somewhat invisible in the first two games of the series, finally announced his arrival with a power-play goal. Defenceman Vince Dunn made two incredible plays to knock down Winnipeg clearing attempts at the blue-line, then set up the goal.

"Our motto in here is not get too low, not get too high. So it doesn’t matter if we’re down a goal or up a goal, we’re even-keel and we’re just going out there, we’re sticking to our system. And I think we’ve been doing that for 60 minutes both games," said Edmundson, the Brandon native who had family members in the crowd for both victories in Winnipeg.

Video: Jets score six in Game 3, cut series deficit to 2-1

Patrik Maroon nearly tied it a few minutes later after a Hellebuyck puck-handling adventure, but the reunited TLC line of Brandon Tanev, Adam Lowry and Andrew Copp came through in the clutch.

Video: Jets score six in Game 3, cut series deficit to 2-1

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Copps pass to Tanev went in off the wingers skate and past Binnington, restoring the two-goal lead at 4:25.

"They’ve beat us in our building before, so we’re expecting the same type of energy game in St. Louis. We expect an even harder game. They’re not gonna back off just because they’re down 2-0," defenceman Joel Edmundson said following his club’s 4-3 victory at Bell MTS Place Friday that gave them a distinct, early advantage in the best-of-seven series.

Byfuglien made it 5-2 when he scored from behind the goal-line, banking a shot in off Binningtons helmet. Byfuglien has been both a physical and offensive force this series, now with a goal and four assists through three games.

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And his goal might be the first real sign of some rookie nerves showing for the seemingly calm, cool and collected Binnington. The Jets decision to throw as many pucks as possible towards him certainly paid off.

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Alex Steen scored at 13:42 during a goal-mouth scramble. But then Winnipegs top line responded as youd hope they would, putting in a terrific, puck-possessing shift that ended with Connors second goal of the night. Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele made great plays down low to set it up.

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Winnipeg scored three goals on their first three shots in the final frame. The Binnington of the second and third period Sunday looked completely different than the Binnington we saw in the first seven periods of the series. Was it just a bad 40 minutes for him, or a sign the Jets have found a way to get to him?

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