By Carter Brooks
Photo by James Carey Lauder
The Winnipeg Jets closed out a two-game-in-two-day weekend with a victory in Buffalo Sunday afternoon.
After playing back-to-back sloppy contests against Canadian rivals Montreal and Ottawa on Thursday and Saturday, the Jets cleaned things up against the Sabres, jumping pulling ahead of their Eastern Conference foes late in the third period, before snagging the 3-1 victory Sunday afternoon.
Andrew Copp opening the scoring early in the second period, as he picked up a loose puck and walked in short handed, before beating Carter Hutton with a clean wrist shot for his fifth goal of the season. Then, with Bryan Little just exiting the penalty box for a slashing minor, Sabres' captain Jack EIchel ripped a seeing-eye wrist shot past Connor Hellebuyck, knotting the game up at ones midway through the frame.
Despite an onslaught of chances both ways, the score would remain tied at one until the 56-minute mark. Following a great move along the side boards, Winnipeg defenceman Josh Morrissey gave Blake Wheeler a perfect setup pass from the half-wall, and the Jets' captain perfectly redirected the puck past Hutton, giving Winnipeg a 2-1 lead with 3:55 to play.
Mark Scheifele added an empty net marker with just seconds to go, sealing the deal for the visitors Sunday afternoon. Hellebuyck stopped 35 of 36 shots for the win, while the Jets snapped their first three-game losing streak of the season in the process. With the win, Winnipeg improved to 35-18-3 on the season, and will now begin a three-game homestand Tuesday.
The Jets will host the New York Rangers at 7:00 PM central, before welcoming the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators to Bell MTS Place on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Tuesday's game will be available to view on TSN3.