Josh Morrissey scored a goal and made two assists in the Winnipeg Jets’ hard-earned victory against the San Jose Sharks last Monday. The 6-2 win brought them one step closer towards an official playoff spot. Adam Lowry, Mason Appleton, Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele, and Pierre-Luc Dubois also helped by each scoring a goal, while Nino Niederreiter and Dylan DeMelo both served up two assists. In addition to the team’s effort, goalie Connor Hellebuyck managed to make 19 saves during this 12th consecutive game he’s started in a row at home. The five-game homestand ended 4-1-0.
The crowd at the Canada Life Centre gave a big applause to the Jets after their game, and now they just need to win one more game out of two remaining on the road against Minnesota and Colorado. If they are able to do that, then they will secure a spot in the Final Wild Card berth for the Western Conference with a total of 93 points.
Erik Karlsson, a hockey player from San Jose Sharks, scored 2 goals in the match and made it a total of 100 points this season. This makes him the first defenceman to reach this mark since Brian Leetch from New York Rangers achieved it 28 years ago! On the other side, James Reimer had 27 saves in this game.
The first period saw Winnipeg was leading by 3-1 which stayed same up till the third period.
Karlsson scored 20 seconds into the game after receiving a pass from Peterson who was on a seven-game streak with two goals and five assists. Logan Couture got an assist too, making this his 700th ever career point.
Dubois made the score even with a one-timer goal at 1:11, earning him 62 points in all 72 games which is a career high! Nikolaj Ehlers was credited with an assist and this marked his five-game streak where he scored three goals and four assists.
Lowry managed to keep hold of a loose puck after Niederreiter’s tried to wrap it around, making the score 2-1 at 7:14.
Connor then increased their lead by tipping DeMelo’s point shot 5:34 minutes before the end of the first period.
Appleton scored the fourth goal just sixteen seconds after the third period started. Karlsson then got his second goal when the team had a power play, but Morrissey and Scheifele added one more each shortly after, with Scheifele scoring his forty-first.
Karlsson became the first Swedish defenseman in NHL history to get a total of 100 points. This is something that has only been done 14 times before in the NHL by Bobby Orr (6 times), Paul Coffey (5 times) and Leetch, Al MacInnis and Denis Potvin (each once). After this news, the Sharks are headed to Calgary on Wednesday and the Jets will be taking off for Minnesota on Tuesday.