Winnipeg Jets 3 Anaheim Ducks 2 (Jets 22-23-5, 11-13-1 home) – The loss was the first regulation home loss of the year for the Ducks. Meanwhile, the Jets extended their winning streak to four and remain perfect under Paul Maurice. It's the Jets second four-game winning streak of the season, the other coming in mid-November. The Ducks are now 20-1-2 on home ice this season, and had a 10-game home winning streak going into the game.
With a power play goal 3:59 into the first period as the Ducks jumped out to a 10-0 shot advantage. But 1:20 later, Blake Wheeler with his team leading 18th tied it on the Jets first shot on goal, with assists to Mark Scheifele and Evander Kane. Kane was back in the lineup after missing the last four with a hand injury. It was Kane's 300th NHL game. Wheeler extended his point streak to four games (2-4-6), Scheifele extended his to four (2-3-5). The goal came off the rush with Wheeler beating Jonas Hiller high glove with a quick wrist shot. At 18:36 the Jets took the lead as Andrew Ladd (11th) banged home the rebound off a Jacob Trouba shot, with Bryan Little also picking up an assist to extend his point streak to five. Shots in the first ended up 15-7 in favour of the Ducks.
The only goal of the second period was a shorthanded goal by Kane, his second short-handed goal of the year and his 15th goal overall. Kane scored off the rush on a play that started in the Jets end, beating and chasing Hiller with another shot high glove side. Little picked up another assist and is 2-6-8 over the past five games. It was his 10th multi point game of the year, Kane's sixth. Shots in the second were 11-6
Only one goal in the third with Nick Bonino scoring at 10:18 to make it a one goal game, but that is the way it ended. Shots in the third were 16-8 Anaheim. At the end of the night Ondrej Pavelec had stopped 40 of 42 and the Jets had their win.
In total the Ducks directed 94 shots at Pavelec who was terrific in picking up his fourth straight win in his sixth straight start. The Jets blocked 36 shots while the Ducks missed the net with another 16. A total of 15 Jets blocked at least one shot, with Toby Enstrom leading the way with five, Mark Stuart and Trouba with four each. Trouba is now 3-1-4 in the last three games. Zach Bogosian led in ice time at 25:56, as he and Enstrom did a great job shutting down Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Wheeler is now 3-5-8 in the last seven games, Scheifele 3-5-8 in the last seven and 7-12-19 in the last 21. Pavelec ties his season high four game win streak.
The Jets penalty kill was key in the win going four for four.
“They are a very, very good team,” stated Coach Paul Maurice post-game. “They expose team's weaknesses, and not just our team. I was impressed with our willingness, our character, a big PK in the third, holding the lead late, and our goalie was a big part of all that.”
The Jets were a very emotional group as the game ended, knowing they had just beaten the NHL's number one team.
“This is a confidence builder,” Maurice said. “The bench was quiet early, we didn't start very good. The bench got loud when they made it 3-2, but again the penalty kill in the third was huge. Blocking shots is a must against that team.”
The Jets now meet the number two team in the Pacific Division, the San Jose Sharks, a team that like the Ducks is very good at home. That game goes Thursday (TSN Jets, TSN 1290). The Jets are in a stretch of seven on 10 on the road.