The Winnipeg Jets continue to sit near the top of the NHL standings, and with a victory on Friday over the struggling Chicago Blackhawks, they are one spot out of first place, joining two other Canadian franchises, the Calgary Flames and the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are third and sixth respectively.
The Jets seem almost unstoppable this season, and for Mark Scheifele, he added two more goals to his total for the season as well as an assist. One of those was the winning goal during overtime, one that took Scheifele only 50 seconds to give Winnipeg a 4-3 victory over the Blackhawks. While speaking to the media post-game, Scheifele said, “Tonight wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but we’re definitely happy to get it done”
Also scoring for the Winnipeg Jets was Patrick Lane and Mathieu Perreault. Earning assists were Blake Wheeler with three, and Josh Morrissey, Dustin Byfugien and Bryan Little with one each. NHL punters and oddsmakers are favouring the Winnipeg Jets to be top contenders in this year’s playoffs, and for those wanting to place bets early, 888Sport is offering some excellent signup bonuses to help increase your potential profit when registering and making your first deposit.
Last night’s game looked like the Jets were going to come away with a 3-2 win in the third, but with the Blackhawks pushing hard late in the third and tied the game with 8 seconds remaining to force overtime.
Winnipeg appeared to take it in stride, and it wasn’t long into the third that overtime came to an end. For Chicago, they were hoping to earn back-to-back wins after their victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in the week but failed to overcome the Jets.
The win was good news for Winnipeg fans and for the franchise as they push forward in a season that is showing great promise. Scheifele, who has scored points in the last four games and 19 overall this season, spoke post-game about the overtime period stating,
“I just came out and no one came to me. I was actually looking for Blake Wheeler to come down the far side, but they kind of let me go and I just found the spot.”
This was the eight win in their last nine games. They won 5-4 against the Oilers on Thursday as they continue the 12 game stretch before the holiday break. As for the Blackhawks, their coach, Jeremy Colliton said,
“You can play really well against them for 58 minutes, but it only takes just an instant and then it’s in the back of your net.”
Jonathon Toews continued his push as point leader for the Blackhawks with two more goals and an assist. Eric Gustafsson scored Chicago’s other goal, and earning assists was Duncan Kieth, Carl Dahlstom and Brandon Saad. While they failed to go home with the win, Jonathon Toews said,
“A good, solid team effort. Nothing we can be too negative or worked up about. We gave ourselves a chance to win. Unfortunately came up short.”
The Winnipeg Jets next meet the L.A Kings on Tuesday before visiting the San Jose Sharks on Thursday and the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Chicago will meet the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, then head to Dallas to take on the Dallas Stars on Thursday.