WIEBE: Offensive onslaught puts Jets on board – Winnipeg Sun

WIEBE: Offensive onslaught puts Jets on board - Winnipeg Sun
Laine, Connor lead Jets to Game 3 win over Blues
Kyle Connor and the Winnipeg Jets got back on track by sticking to the same way they wanted to play all along.

Connor scored twice, Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist, and the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on Sunday night to climb back into their first-round playoff series.

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Winnipeg dropped the first two games at home. But they were one-goal games, and Connor felt the Jets just needed a few minor tweaks.

"I told a lot of people, it's not very often you can watch your child work. You know, if you're a lawyer, you're a doctor — how many parents go and watch them work?" Bob said.

"As a whole, we played the right way for [the first] two games," Connor said. "Tonight, it was nice to have everyone contribute."

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Kevin Hayes, Brandon Tanev and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Winnipeg, and Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves.

"We're building every shift, every game throughout the series," Connor said. "We're getting close to our game and it's pretty dangerous."

David Perron, Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen scored for the Blues, and Jordan Binnington made 23 stops.

The proud parents say their son, who grew up in Brandon, was pumped to learn he'd be playing against Winnipeg in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Perron put St. Louis in front with a power-play goal late in the first period. He whipped a shot past Hellebuyck from the slot.

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.

Connor capped the blitz with a power-play wrist shot from the faceoff dot at 8:58. He added an insurance goal 14:44 into the final period.

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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.

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

"Tonight was not really our team, obviously," Perron said "We weren't happy with our effort. We didn't play a good game. But we've got to give them credit."

Laine, who had 30 goals and 20 assists in the regular season, has scored in all three playoff games. He had just one goal in his last 19 regular-season games.

"We just stayed within our game and tried to play it simple," Laine said. "We got going and just tried to keep our foot on the gas the whole 60 [minutes]."

Bryan Little will move up to centre a second line with Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers, while a TLC reunion of Brandon Tanev, Adam Lowry and Andrew Copp is in the works. That means trade-deadline addition Kevin Hayes drops to the fourth line, skating between Jack Roslovic and Mathieu Perreault.

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.

"The biggest thing is we didn't play our game tonight," Tarasenko said. "It was not our best game out there. It's on us, and we'll handle it tomorrow."

"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.

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The St. Louis Blues will try for a third consecutive win when they play the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round at Enterprise Center on Sunday.

“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.

A win would give St. Louis a 3-0 lead in a best-of-7 series for the third time in 20 years. It happened previously against the Minnesota Wild in the 2017 first round and against the Dallas Stars in the 2001 Western Conference Semifinals.

"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.

Jordan Binnington has made 50 saves on 54 shots (.926 save percentage) in the series and could become the second Blues rookie goalie to win his first three Stanley Cup Playoff starts. Hed join Curtis Joseph, who did it for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1990 Norris Division Semifinals.

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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. 

"I think it goes back months where we talked about one-game-at-a-time type hockey and being even-keeled… that’s how you’ve got to do it. It’s a tough league, like this is a real good hockey team that we beat twice here, a really good hockey team, and they’re going to give us their best game in Game 3 at home," coach Craig Berube said.

“If your recipe is your goaltender is going to have to be the best player on your team… it wont be a long playoffs,” Maurice said.

"It’s kinda frustrating them. There’s some chirping going on between the benches, and I think it’s getting underneath their skin a bit. You can definitely see it on their faces. It’s fun to watch. I’m not the one to chirp out there, but we got a couple guys that are good at it. We’re just trying to play smart hockey."

The Jets have held the lead for 34:30 and the Blues for 34:02, with each twice giving up a lead. It indicates how close the series has been.

NOTES: Blues D Robert Bortuzzo suffered a cut on his hand that required seven stitches in the third period of Game 2, but played on Sunday. … Winnipeg is 1-10 in playoff games decided by one goal, including a 1-4 mark last season. … The Blues failed on their first seven power-play attempts in the series prior to Perrons first-period goal. … The Jets were the last team in the playoffs to record a third-period goal.

But the Blues have been more efficient with their lead time, scoring in the third period of each game to break a tie, then holding that lead to the final buzzer.

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.

The Jets have the only power-play goals in the series, scoring twice on three chances in Game 2, and killing off four Blues power-play opportunities that amounted to 6:40.

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.

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

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Power-play execution has been strong for the Jets (2-for-4) and its an edge they cant afford to lose with the Blues 0-for-7. No team in the 2018 playoffs lost a game when it outscored its opponent by at least two goals on the man-advantage.

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.

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

The Blues have been content to run their top line of Brayden Schenn, Ryan OReilly and Vladimir Tarasenko against the Jets top line of Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler.

Connor scored twice, Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist, and the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on Sunday night to climb back into their first-round playoff series.

But Winnipeg switched it up for much of Game 2, using center Adam Lowry and wings Par Lindholm and Brandon Tanev against OReillys line.

St. Louis have the last change for Game 3. Coach Craig Berube didnt tip his hand about preferred matchups after the morning skate Sunday.

“Tonight was not really our team, obviously,” Perron said “We werent happy with our effort. We didnt play a good game. But weve got to give them credit.”

The Jets will keep their top line intact but do some juggling with their other forwards to try to find an edge. Theyre expected to switch the second, third and fourth lines, reverting to some combinations that have yielded strong play in the past. 

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.

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Laine did not participate in the morning skate but is expected to play. … Bortuzzo is fine after receiving seven stitches to repair a cut on his right wrist sustained in the third period of Game 2 following a hit from Lowry.