The electric shock linked to the dismissal of Claude Julien and Kirk Muller was not enough for the Canadian to instantly come out of his slump of recent weeks.
Posted on February 25, 2021 at 10:44 p.m.
Kyle Connor scored twice and the Winnipeg Jets came from behind to defeat the Montreal team 6-3 on Thursday night at Bell MTS Place.
> Read our live coverage> The summary of the meeting
Under the orders of interim head coach Dominique Ducharme, the Canadian played energetically early in the game.
But after taking the lead 2-0, then 3-1, the Habs were overthrown by the Jets. They got off the ground with a Connor’s power play goal early in the second period.
Joel Armia scored twice, while Tomas Tatar also hit the target for the Canadian (9-6-4), who has only two wins in his last nine games (2-5-2). Carey Price allowed five goals on 30 shots.
Blake Wheeler had a goal and two assists, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Mark Scheifele were each credited with a goal and an assist, while Nate Thompson was the Jets’ other scorer (12-6-1). Connor Hellebuyck made 18 saves.
The striker Artturi Lehkonen had been inserted in the formation of the Canadian by Ducharme in place of Jake Evans.
The Canadian lost the services of forward Josh Anderson late in the first period. He was craned by Dylan DeMelo and fell heavily against his back.
The two teams will face off again on Saturday night, still in Winnipeg.
The story repeats itself
The Canadian started the game energetically, but it was the Jets who came closest to scoring early in the game. Connor reached the post to Price’s right after mocking Alexander Romanov.
Anderson then missed two great chances to open the scoring, but he was never able to shoot in two chances at close range.
Armia finally got the ball rolling at 1:45 p.m., beating Hellebuyck between the pads on a breakaway.
The 27-year-old Finn returned to the charge at 5:29 pm, shortly after he was transferred to the right of Jonathan Drouin and Nick Suzuki following Anderson’s departure. Armia took advantage of a perfect pass from Drouin in a two-on-one attack.
Hellebuyck was challenged by Paul Byron on a breakaway early in the second period, but Byron missed the target from the backhand.
The Jets returned to the game with a power play goal 5:37 of the second period. While Shea Weber was in the dungeon for clearing the disc over the bay window, Connor took advantage of a free puck in the goalie’s blue zone to score his first goal of the game.
The Canadian responded to the Jets, scoring a first power play goal on 13 occasions since February 6. Tatar scored after a short throw-in from Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
The Jets, however, brought everyone back to square one before the end of the second period.
Connor first scored his second goal of the game at 11:50, completing a nice three-way rally with Nikolaj Ehlers and Paul Stastny. Wheeler then tied the game at 2:31 PM, when his shot appeared to deviate against Weber before surprising Price.
The Jets finally took the lead after 6:37 of play in the third period. Thompson took advantage of a Mason Appleton pass to surprise Price and score his first goal of the season.
Dubois delivered the final blow at 12:37, moments after a Jets power play ended. Scheifele completed the mark in an empty net with 1:38 left on the dial.
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