Nikolaj Ehlers and the Winnipeg Jets have but to guide a contest in regulation and but they’ve received two of their three video games to start out the NHL season.
Ehlers scored in extra time as Winnipeg twice rallied from a two-goal deficit en path to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday evening.
The Jets (2-1-0) opened their season Thursday evening with a 4-3 extra time victory over the Calgary Flames and have been coming off a 3-1 loss Monday evening to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ehlers scored his first purpose of the season at 2:20 of extra time, moments after Winnipeg goalie Laurent Brossoit made a pleasant cease on Ottawa’s Drake Batherson. Josh Morrissey pressured extra time for the Jets, scoring with 1:17 remaining in regulation with Brossoit on the bench for the additional attacker.
“It [winning despite not leading in regulation] reveals we do not surrender,” mentioned Ehlers. “We battled our [butts] off to remain within the sport . . . it feels good to have the 2 factors.”
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Ehlers heaped lavish reward upon Brossoit, who received the beginning after Connor Hellebuyck performed Monday evening.
“He saved us within the sport,” Ehlers mentioned. “They’d loads of good open probabilities, particularly the final one there earlier than our purpose.
“We all know we have got two goalies again there that hold us in video games and do an amazing job. We’re attempting to do our greatest to restrict the pictures they get, but when they play the way in which they’re taking part in proper now, we’re glad.”
Added Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice: “He [Ehlers] will be so harmful, such a dynamic participant late in a sport, simply the pace to get into that gap after which make the play that finishes it,. We want him to really feel assured and wholesome and robust and when he’s he is simply so very dynamic.”
Adam Lowry and Kyle Connor additionally scored for Winnipeg, which was outshot 41-28 within the contest.
“I suppose you must wrap all of us up in our goaltending,” Maurice mentioned. “That is the important thing in our sport, our goaltending has been excellent.”
Josh Norris, Chris Tierney and Alex Galchenyuk scored for Ottawa (1-1-1).
The sport was the primary of three in 5 days between the 2 golf equipment. They will sq. off once more within the nation’s capital Thursday evening earlier than returning to Winnipeg on Saturday.
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Winnipeg was minus ahead Patrik Laine (upper-body harm) for a second straight sport. He is listed as day after day.
Rookie ahead Tim Stutzel, who’s coping with a nagging minor harm, did not play for Ottawa. The third total choice within the 2020 NHL draft, who has a purpose by way of two video games with the Senators, can also be thought-about day after day.
Maurice mentioned Tuesday’s sport was a sign of simply how vital it’s for a group to proceed taking part in arduous and believing within the course of, whatever the rating. Ottawa managed a lot of the play and held leads of 2-0 and 3-1 however could not break Winnipeg’s will.
“That is crucial piece for any group, that the rating on the clock does not dictate your effort degree and your compete degree,” Maurice mentioned. “The late comeback wins have a very nice influence in your group.
“You carry these for various video games. You at all times really feel that you’ve an opportunity.”
Ottawa dominated the primary, outshooting Winnipeg 18-9, and was rewarded with the opening two targets of the competition.
Norris opened the scoring on the facility play at 4:41. He registered his first NHL purpose when he slid the puck in off Brossoit’s skate.
Conner got here near placing Winnipeg on the scoresheet when he fired a shot off the goalpost on the facility play. However Tierney put Ottawa forward 2-0 with a deflection at 10:31 for his second of the season.
Lowry pulled Winnipeg to inside 2-1 at 18:09. He deflected Neal Pionk’s shot from the purpose previous Matt Murray — making his third straight begin in purpose for Ottawa — for his first of the 12 months.
It was extra of the identical within the second as Ottawa outshot Winnipeg 14-8 within the interval and went again forward by two targets at 11:47 of the second on Galchenyuk’s power-play blast. It was his first of the season however Winnipeg countered with Connor’s purpose with the person benefit at 16:12.
It was Connor’s third of the season. He is scored in all three Jets video games in 2021.
“He is scratching the floor right here,” Maurice mentioned of Connor. “He hasn’t been fortunate in his begin and he is placing up nice numbers.”