Scheifele, Laine have three-point nights as Jets dump Penguins – TSN

Scheifele, Laine have three-point nights as Jets dump Penguins - TSN
Jets place Bryan Little on IR, grant Dmitry Kulikov personal leave
2h ago Scheifele, Laine have three-point nights as Jets dump Penguins Ville Heinola scored his first NHL goal to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele both had three assists in the win. The Canadian Press

PITTSBURGH — The youngest member of an inexperienced Winnipeg Jets defensive unit led the way to a big win.

NOTES: Crosby passed Jean Beliveau for 41st on the NHLs career points list. . Pittsburghs Brandon Tanev played against his former team. Tanev, who signed a six-year, $21-million contract in July, set career highs last season with the Jets and scored 24 goals and 51 points in 195 games. . Penguins D John Marino and F Sam Lafferty made their NHL debuts. Lafferty grew up less than 100 miles from Pittsburgh. . The Penguins have won 15 of their last 20 games overall against the Jets.

Ville Heinola scored his first NHL goal and the Jets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Tuesday night.

The Jets played Tuesday without six defencemen from last seasons team, which lost to eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis in the first round of the playoffs. The list includes Kulikov and Morrissey, while Dustin Byfuglien remains away from the team on a personal leave. Winnipeg traded Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers, while Tyler Myers and Ben Chiarot left in free agency.

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“It was a good moment for me,” the 18-year-old Heinola said. “It was exciting. Of course, I was dreaming of that.”

Pittsburgh had injury troubles of its own as Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad were recently placed on injured reserve after leaving Saturdays win against Columbus with lower body injuries. Sullivan said both will be out long term. Patric Hornqvist also left Tuesdays game with a lower-body injury.

The Jets got their first win in Pittsburgh since returning to the NHL in 2011. The Penguins previously won 18 consecutive home games against the Jets-Atlanta Thrashers franchise dating to March 24, 2007. Pittsburghs last loss against Winnipeg at home came on Dec. 27, 2006.

The Jets got their first win in Pittsburgh since returning to the NHL in 2011. The Penguins previously won 18 consecutive home games against the Jets-Atlanta Thrashers franchise dating to March 24, 2007. Pittsburghs last loss against Winnipeg at home came on Dec. 27, 2006.

Tucker Poolman scored his second NHL goal and Neal Pionk his second of the season as three defencemen scored for a young Jets blueline, which combined for 350 career NHL games.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored his first of the season, while Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele both had three assists for the Jets, who closed a season-opening, four-game road trip. Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves in his second start of the season.

“Those guys have worked really hard back there,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “Theyre learning every shift. I thought they were great.”

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Nikolaj Ehlers scored his first of the season, while Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele both had three assists for the Jets, who closed a season-opening, four-game road trip. Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves in his second start of the season.

12h ago Morrissey out again as depleted Jets face Penguins Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice said Tuesday defenceman Josh Morrissey will be held out of the teams game against the Pittsburgh Penguins once again for precautionary reasons. Maurice said Morrissey did not feel well after taking part in practice with the Jets on Monday. TSN.ca Staff

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“I thought the guys in front of me played very hard,” Hellebuyck said. “They were blocking shots at the right time and controlling shots from the outside. It was a team win.”

Sidney Crosby scored his first of the season and Matt Murray stopped 17 shots for Pittsburgh, which routed Columbus 7-2 on Saturday.

“I dont think the score (Tuesday) was an indication of how the game was played,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I think the game was a lot closer than the score indicates.”

Jets defenceman Dmitry Kulikov was granted a personal leave of absence, while Josh Morrissey missed his second straight game after sustaining an upper body injury during warmups before Sundays loss at the New York Islanders.

Morrissey sustained an upper-body injury during the teams warm-up ahead of their loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday and did not dress. Maurice said Morrissey did not feel well after taking part in practice with the Jets on Monday.

The Jets played Tuesday without six defencemen from last seasons team, which lost to eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis in the first round of the playoffs. The list includes Kulikov and Morrissey, while Dustin Byfuglien remains away from the team on a personal leave. Winnipeg traded Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers, while Tyler Myers and Ben Chiarot left in free agency.

“We all went through training camp together, so we all got to know each other pretty well,” Pionk said. “We created that bond in training camp and went from there.”

Pittsburgh had injury troubles of its own as Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad were recently placed on injured reserve after leaving Saturdays win against Columbus with lower body injuries. Sullivan said both will be out long term. Patric Hornqvist also left Tuesdays game with a lower-body injury.

Head coach Paul Maurice told reporters that defenceman Josh Morrissey will be held out of the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, as per JetsTV reporter Mitchell Clinton.

Crosby opened the scoring 32 seconds into the game. He was alone at the top of the crease when he redirected Jake Guentzels pass past Hellebuyck.

The 24-year-old is slated to miss the game due to precautionary reasons as he didn’t feel well roughly an hour after the Jets’ practice Monday.

Heinola, the 20th overall pick in this years draft, scored his first NHL goal at 5:48 of the period. Heinolas shot from the top of the left circle snuck underneath Murrays glove to tie the game.

Morrissey was sidelined for the club’s game Sunday against the New York Islanders because of an upper-body injury sustained during warmups.

Ehlers gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead less than five minutes later. He pounced on a turnover at Pittsburghs blue line and ripped a short-side wrist shot past a standing Murray.

Dustin Byfuglien reportedly wont be making a decision regarding his NHL future anytime soon. (Getty)MoreAnd the regression of netminder Connor Hellebuyck certainly isnt helping either. After a lights-out 2017-18 season where Hellebuyck snagged a league-leading 44 wins, led the NHL in minutes played, and finished second in Vezina trophy voting while posting a career-high .924 Sv%, the 26-year-old saw his save percentage drop 11 points to a .913 and his quality-start percentage drop by more than 15 percent. He went from saving a whopping 24-ish goals above average two years ago to just 5.86 last season.

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Poolman put Winnipeg ahead 3-1 just 54 seconds into the second period with a blocker-side wrist shot from the slot.

And that brings us to head coach Paul Maurice, who was certainly already on the hot seat heading into this season. Though all the departures and injuries on the back end may buy him a little bit of time and lower the teams reasonable expectations, its also time for him to really flex his tactical muscle — especially on the defensive side of the puck. Can he find ANY internal personnel to step up and contribute on that blue line? Can he devise the proper game plans to hide their defensive inefficiencies? Can they just go straight fire-wagon and win enough 6-5 games to sneak into the playoffs?

Pionk made it 4-1 midway through the second. It was the third goal scored by the Jets young defensive corps, more than enough to beat Pittsburgh on this night.

Of course, this season is extremely young, but Hellebuyck hasnt really shown any signs of bouncing back yet, with backup Laurent Brossoit earning two of the first three starts and the former giving up five goals on 31 shots in his season opener. Winnipeg NEEDS Hellebuyck to regain Top 10 form behind this depleted blue line for the Jets to even have a chance at a playoff spot. He can do it, absolutely, but all signs and trends over the past 12 months or so show him going the other way. That has to be corrected.

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“I thought they were fantastic,” Hellebuyck said. “They were blocking shots, they were controlling pucks and they did exactly what they were asked to do. I think as the game went on, they got even better.”

(via Daily Faceoff)MoreAint nobody picking the Jets to contend this season with that blue line, and no one can blame you if you feel this group will finish closer to the basement than it will anywhere near the playoff picture. The 18-month drop-off has been swift and stunning, and clearly its the downfall of the teams back end that has ravaged its chances at contention so abruptly.

NOTES: Crosby passed Jean Beliveau for 41st on the NHLs career points list. . Pittsburghs Brandon Tanev played against his former team. Tanev, who signed a six-year, $21-million contract in July, set career highs last season with the Jets and scored 24 goals and 51 points in 195 games. . Penguins D John Marino and F Sam Lafferty made their NHL debuts. Lafferty grew up less than 100 miles from Pittsburgh. . The Penguins have won 15 of their last 20 games overall against the Jets.

Acquiring blueline help through a trades or two is certainly an option and looking like an absolute necessity for GM Kevin Cheveldayoff at this point, but youre not bringing in anything of value without moving one of your top-six forwards. Do you want to tinker with your only real bright spot — those top two lines — in order to just get this blue line closer to average?

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Winnipeg Jets Bryan Little (18) checks Ottawa Senators Thomas Chabot (72) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday, February 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

The Winnipeg Jets have placed centre Bryan Little on injured reserve and granted defenceman Dmitry Kulikov a personal leave, the team announced Tuesday.

In a pair of corresponding moves, the club also recalled defencemen Sami Niku and Nelson Nogier from the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.

Little, 31, was diagnosed with a concussion last week after taking a hit from the Minnesota Wild’s Luke Kunin in a pre-season tilt.

Morrissey, Kulikov out tonight

Kulikov’s absence is another blow to an already-shorthanded Jets blue line, which is missing Dustin Byfuglien who was suspended by the team as he mulls his future.