The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Dallas Stars 5-2 last night in Winnipeg. This was an exciting game to watch, for Jets fans of course, as it featured a little of everything. Let’s start with Mark Scheifele and his earning first-star status by getting a hat trick in this game. Scheifele continues to get better. Combined with his consistent play and leadership qualities, it’s surprising that opposing teams don’t increase coverage on him. But can they? With Blake Wheeler flying down the right wing, feeding Scheifele on all 3 of his goals, and Kyle Connor creating room for Scheifele and Wheeler with his blazing speed, how can they stop our top centerman?
Connor’s speed, by the way, earned him a penalty shot at 15:01 of the third period after being tripped on a breakaway by Greg Pateryn. The young gun tried a nifty deke on Ben Bishop which Bishop followed all the way for a save.
Patrik Laine ended a four-game point drought at 13:04 in the first with an unstoppable shot in the slot area going top right on Bishop. Laine earned second-star honors surely for his goal and being a continued threat on offense but Laine’s defensive play and sound decision making with the puck is what stood out for me. Then at 15:16 of the first period, Tyler Myers scored on the powerplay from the blue line with a shot almost as hard as Laine’s.
Add in two fights, Brendan Lemieux versus Gemel Smith plus Dustin Byfuglien versus Jamie Benn and Jets fans had a lot to cheer about, overall. I know, eh? Byfuglien vs Benn
What I noticed more importantly than the individual accomplishments by certain star players on this team was how the Jets played as a whole.
What I noticed more importantly than the individual accomplishments by certain star players on this team was how the Jets played as a whole. The Winnipeg Jets played last night with more confidence and poise than at any time since the Jets arrival from Atlanta. One would be hard-pressed to find a weakness in their play. They were fast (really fast), forcing the Stars to play most often on their heels. The Jets passes were quick and spot on, creating quality chances most of the night. Their defensive play was solid and at no time during the game did the Jets seem phased or not in control. With this team and the number of younger players on the roster, they played with the composure of a team more seasoned than they are.
What I saw from the Jets last night makes me believe that there is no shortage of tools on hand. This team can win against any team in this league on any given night. The rest is just scary.